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Groundwater Analysis Within Highway Construction Zones

Scheller, Adam Benjamin (2007) Groundwater Analysis Within Highway Construction Zones. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Highway construction can adversely affect the natural environment, including the quality and behavior of valuable groundwater resources. To investigate these affects, a method has been devised and implemented which is capable of monitoring the groundwater conditions within a highway construction zone. The method includes a system of measurement devices which are strategically placed within small watersheds that are representative of the entire construction zone. These devices, which include groundwater wells, rain gages, and surface water flumes, are arranged in sparse networks aligned along the direction of water flow. This has been done to reduce the cost and complexity of the system and to allow for easy adaptation to future sites and conditions. The installed equipment was monitored for over one year, during which time a method of data organization, manipulation, and analysis was devised and utilized. The data was processed into easy to understand formats that would be accessible to all organizations involved with the construction project. Hydrologic phenomena such as groundwater table fluctuation, recharge, and flow rate, were all analyzed and used in conjunction with other data to represent the aquifers. After studying the behaviors of each watershed, inferences were made on how well the data collection system was able to capture the responses of the aquifer. Since the system was based on a limited network of devices, many estimates and assumptions had to be made which reduced its success at explicitly demonstrating the effects of the construction. Suggestions on improving the method for later implementation are presented.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Scheller, Adam
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairQuimpo, Rafaelquimpo@engr.pitt.eduRGQ1
Committee MemberMonnell, Jasonjmonnell@engr.pitt.eduJDM49
Committee MemberLin, Jeen-Shangjslin@engr.pitt.eduJSLIN
Committee MemberNeufeld, Ronaldneufeld@engr.pitt.eduNEUFELD
Date: 25 September 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 25 July 2007
Approval Date: 25 September 2007
Submission Date: 18 July 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Degree: MSCE - Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lisse Effect; Hydrology; vadose zone
Other ID:, etd-07182007-093322
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:52
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 14:36


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