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VIDEO: Dam Concrete – How Did They Build The Hoover Dam?

A fascinating study of the concrete technology in the Hoover Dam

VIDEO: Dam Concrete – How Did They Build The Hoover Dam?
09 April 2019 Posted in , ,


“Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives.” – Wikipedia
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As an engineering or design professional – have you ever wondered about the nitty-gritty, the technical details of the technology that was used on a massive and unprecedented project of this sort?
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Here are Dr David Harris PhD. PE. and Dr Jon Belkowitz PhD. talking about the construction and concrete of the Hoover Dam. With 2,480,000 m3 of concrete in the dam itself, and another 850,000 m3 of concrete in the associated infrastructure, this project set new standards and established new construction methods which heavily influenced major civil works since that time. This is a monumental project, and its durability is crucial to its ongoing usefulness. David is hands-on familiar with the site, as he explains in this video, and we’re pleased to present a professionally fascinating discussion between two such experienced experts in the concrete industry.

Columns of Hoover Dam being filled with concrete February 1934
Columns of Hoover Dam being filled with concrete February 1934 – By Bureau of Reclamation photographer

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Feature image acknowledgement: Aerial view of Hoover Dam, Nevada-Arizona. By Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0


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