Engineering and Construction Archive

  •   By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office Two small projects recently made big impacts in the Northwest: the Trestle Bay Ecosystem Restoration and the Spirit Lake Tunnel Repair projects. Their impacts weren’t limited to accomplishing the projects’ goals – restoring environmental benefits and flood risk management. The projects were completed […]

    Small projects + small businesses = big benefits

      By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office Two small projects recently made big impacts in the Northwest: the Trestle Bay Ecosystem Restoration and the Spirit Lake Tunnel Repair projects. Their impacts weren’t limited to accomplishing the projects’ goals – restoring environmental benefits and flood risk management. The projects were completed […]

    Continue Reading...

  •   By Jeff Henon, Public Affairs Office More than 70 area high schools students got a glimpse recently into the world of engineering at Portland District’s 2016 Engineering Day event. “It’s important to bring our students into the real world and see what they’re working towards,” said Cyril Stokman, event […]

    Students get a glimpse of engineering through Portland District’s 2016 Engineering Day

      By Jeff Henon, Public Affairs Office More than 70 area high schools students got a glimpse recently into the world of engineering at Portland District’s 2016 Engineering Day event. “It’s important to bring our students into the real world and see what they’re working towards,” said Cyril Stokman, event […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By Jeffrey Henon, Public Affairs Office The water level at Mount St. Helens’ Spirit Lake has been controlled by a drainage tunnel since 1985. A routine inspection of the tunnel in October 2014 revealed an area where the clay-like rock had bulged upwards on the tunnel floor, reducing its height […]

    Repairs to Spirit Lake Outlet Tunnel underway

    By Jeffrey Henon, Public Affairs Office The water level at Mount St. Helens’ Spirit Lake has been controlled by a drainage tunnel since 1985. A routine inspection of the tunnel in October 2014 revealed an area where the clay-like rock had bulged upwards on the tunnel floor, reducing its height […]

    Continue Reading...

  • How past actions help inform future needs By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Keeping a hydropower dam operating efficiently requires workers to monitor its systems, troubleshoot problems and make repairs when they’re needed. But what happens if the record of past modifications can’t be found?  How does that affect future […]

    The Dalles Dam updates its as-built drawings

    How past actions help inform future needs By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Keeping a hydropower dam operating efficiently requires workers to monitor its systems, troubleshoot problems and make repairs when they’re needed. But what happens if the record of past modifications can’t be found?  How does that affect future […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office; Rod Moritz, Coastal Engineer; Heidi Moritz, Coastal Engineer   It is one of the most treacherous bar crossings in the world. Since 1792 more than 2,000 ships have sunk in and around the Mouth of the Columbia River, also known as the Graveyard of […]

    MCR jetties: supporting safe passage for more than 100 years

    By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office; Rod Moritz, Coastal Engineer; Heidi Moritz, Coastal Engineer   It is one of the most treacherous bar crossings in the world. Since 1792 more than 2,000 ships have sunk in and around the Mouth of the Columbia River, also known as the Graveyard of […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Inter-District staffing provides dam safety solution By Amy Echols, Portland District Public Affairs Office and John Prettyman, Sacramento District Public Affairs Office The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento District is facing one of its toughest engineering projects with help from Portland District: upgrading Isabella Lake Dam in southern California. […]

    3-D modeling key to innovative labyrinth spillway

    Inter-District staffing provides dam safety solution By Amy Echols, Portland District Public Affairs Office and John Prettyman, Sacramento District Public Affairs Office The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento District is facing one of its toughest engineering projects with help from Portland District: upgrading Isabella Lake Dam in southern California. […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office Portland District’s Spillway Gate Reliability Team has been named the 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dam Safety Team of Excellence. The award recognizes the team members for their role in executing a $41 million (so far) spillway gate rehabilitation program to improve dam […]

    Portland District team wins dam safety excellence award

    By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office Portland District’s Spillway Gate Reliability Team has been named the 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dam Safety Team of Excellence. The award recognizes the team members for their role in executing a $41 million (so far) spillway gate rehabilitation program to improve dam […]

    Continue Reading...

  •   By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office When thinking about projects undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, most people think of big, multi-year projects. Did you know the Corps started and completed an entire project in four months for about $100,000? The Small Projects Team, made […]

    Small projects make a big impact in Portland District

      By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office When thinking about projects undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, most people think of big, multi-year projects. Did you know the Corps started and completed an entire project in four months for about $100,000? The Small Projects Team, made […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Big equipment often means big challenges, but less expensive, smaller-scaled solutions to problems often spring from teams looking at those big challenges. Turbines can be two stories tall, which can pose big challenges for the engineers and maintenance staff responsible for keeping them humming. […]

    John Day Dam team works on fixes big and small

    By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Big equipment often means big challenges, but less expensive, smaller-scaled solutions to problems often spring from teams looking at those big challenges. Turbines can be two stories tall, which can pose big challenges for the engineers and maintenance staff responsible for keeping them humming. […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Article and photos by Rick Benoit, Office of Dive/ROV Operations and Safety Having played a supporting but historically critical role during every armed conflict since World War II, piers at the Army’s Military Ocean Terminal, Concord, Calif. are receiving some long-overdue attention from the country it has served since 1942. […]

    Portland District dive office oversees critical inspections of Army piers in California

    Article and photos by Rick Benoit, Office of Dive/ROV Operations and Safety Having played a supporting but historically critical role during every armed conflict since World War II, piers at the Army’s Military Ocean Terminal, Concord, Calif. are receiving some long-overdue attention from the country it has served since 1942. […]

    Continue Reading...