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Engineering Guidelines for the Evaluation of Hydropower Projects: Chapter 5- Geotechnical Investigations and Studies

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 1991

The purpose of this chapter is to present guidelines for use by FERC staff for determining the appropriateness and level of geotechnical investigations and studies for dams, water retention structures and other appurtenances. Reports on such investigations and studies must be included in the technical exhibits supporting; (a) applications for license, (b) final design reports, and (c) Part 12 reports (FERC Regulations, 18 C.F.R. Part 12) by independent consultants, when such reports have not been previously submitted or referenced.

The scope of this chapter is intended to outline the desirable quantity and quality of those investigations required to support design or evaluation conclusions. It is fully recognized that the specific investigation programs and studies for individual projects cannot realistically be standardized, and will vary widely according to site conditions, type of dam, hazard classification, and design phase.

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1991 (current)

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Revision Date: 12/16/2022