TME Presents: Restoring a Missouri River Basin Levee

In March 2019, a “bomb cyclone” hit northeastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota, bringing an assault of snow and heavy rain that overwhelmed the downstream Missouri River flood control system. After the catastrophic flooding breached a federally managed levee system in northwestern Missouri, an approach that utilized mechanical sand removal and leveraged local subcontractors expedited project completion and increased the final resiliency of the surrounding community.

Four key takeaways covered by this presentation include:

1. Contracting flexibility and socioeconomic benefits: How Weston leveraged local labor resources and equipment to efficiently accommodate changing site conditions while economically benefiting affected communities.

2. Contingency planning/execution: How Weston proactively developed and implemented workarounds when appropriate to maintain productivity and schedule requirements.

3. Leveraging geospatial technology: How Weston utilized 3-D modeling, GPS guided equipment, and real-time data acquisition to support operations.

4. Integrating a safety culture: How Weston empowered workers to voice opinions and suggestions around safety and reinforced with a safety reward program.

Restoring a Missouri River Basin Levee” was originally published in The Military Engineer July-August 2021 issue.

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