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Lake Mead Project Wins OCEA Silver Award at ASCE OPAL Gala


Last spring, the Lake Mead Intake No. 3 Low Lake Level Pumping Station Project was shortlisted for an Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). After a juried selection process, the wait ended in October. At their annual OPAL Gala, held online for the first time, ASCE honored the Lake Mead Project with the 2021 OCEA Silver Award. The OCEA award, first introduced in 1960, honors projects that demonstrate excellence in civil engineering and contribute significantly to society and civil engineering progress. This award honors the whole project and the many engineers who contributed. Congratulations to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Parsons, Stantec, Jacobs, and our Barnard project team for earning this prestigious award!

Brierley Associates was retained by the general contractor, Bozeman, MT based Barnard Construction Company, to serve as engineer-of-record for rigging schemes to lower 16-ft diameter by 18-ft long bulkhead pipe spool sections to the bottom of the 26-ft diameter access shafts. Brierley also served as engineer-of-record for utility support structures for buried piping and electrical duct banks, to facilitate the excavation and installation of two 12-ft diameter aqueducts between the new water intake structure and existing water treatment plant. The largest of the utility supports consisted of a 180-ft long three span trestle supporting a safety critical 40-in diameter steel water pipeline more than 60-ft above the bottom of excavation.

Read about the award winning projects here: Best of the best: 2021 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards | ASCE

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