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Gilboa Dam Instrumentation and Control Systems

Improvements to Gilboa Dam’s control systems make it one of the most technologically integrated dams in the world.
  • The Gilboa Dam spans 2,000 feet-Gannett Fleming

    The Gilboa Dam spans 2,000 feet and was originally built in 1927.

  • Dam safety instrumentation system allows automated remote monitoring  at Gilboa Dam-Gannett Fleming

    Control panels provide remote access control and monitoring of CCTV from control centers.

  • Control panels provide remote access control at Gilboa Dam-Gannett Fleming

    Dam safety instrumentation system allows for automated remote monitoring of dam performance.

Client
New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Partner(s)
Joint venture with Hazen and Sawyer

Location
Schoharie, New York

Our Role
Instrumentation, Controls Systems Design, Security Systems Design, Communications Design.

Data
Construction Cost
$700 million
Completed
In Progress
Type
Rehabilitation
Duration
In Progress
Outcomes
  • Dam safety instrumentation monitors performance of dam functions
  • Control systems allow safe access to and operation of dam.

Gilboa Dam, located 110 miles northwest of New York City, plays a crucial role in providing water for the city’s residents. In operation since 1927, the dam is undergoing renovations and improvements to extend its service life and comply with dam safety guidelines. In addition to bolstering the dam’s structural integrity, an upgrade to the instrumentation and controls systems will make the dam one of the most technologically advanced dams in the world.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming is designing multiple systems to monitor dam safety. Systems include dam intercom, fire alarm, intrusion, lighting, ventilation, and data communications, all tied together with a fiber optic communications network that allows remote monitoring with operation from a remote operations center. Startup of the system was expedited by Gannett Fleming’s extensive experience with both datalogger and programmable logic controller (PLC)-based systems. The nuances of each system require troubleshooting and tuning to filter out system data artifacts from actual instrument noise, especially at the remote location. 

Key Features

  • Fiber optic networks allow remote monitoring.

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