Designing Earth Dams Optimally

  • G. S. R. MurthyEmail author
  • Katta G. Murty
  • G. Raghupathy
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 212)


Designing an earth dam is an optimization problem and is verycrucial from the view points of safety and cost of construction. Followinga scientic approach, the problem is formulated as a nonlinear programwhich aims at minimizing the material cost of dam with safety factor ofthe design as the main constraint. Computation of factor of safety whichis the main task is tackled intelligently by observing the convex nature offactor of safety. The main contribution of this project is the developmentof the computer program which facilitates determining factor of safety aswell as optimizing the designs with an unlimited scope. The chapter also presents a nice and brief history of earth dams.


Downstream Side Upstream Side Perpendicular Bisector Minimum Factor Downstream Factor 
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The authors wish to thank two B. Tech. students, Vamsidhar Reddy and Aditya, who were assigned parts of this when they were doing their internship with one of the authors. We appreciate their efforts and contribution in this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. S. R. Murthy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katta G. Murty
    • 2
  • G. Raghupathy
    • 3
  1. 1.SQC & OR UnitIndian Statistical InstituteHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Industrial and Operations EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.HES Infra Pvt LimitedHyderabadIndia

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