Pueblo Dam – Bureau of Reclamation

The International Course of Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring demostrated in the last ten years that practical experience plays a fundamental role in consolidating skills acquired during training. During the previous editions we offered our participants amazing learning opportunities granting access to exclusive natural laboratories and construction sites usually not available to the general public.

This year the Bureau of Reclamation is co-organizing an exceptional event in one of their facilities. The Bureau of Reclamation, formerly the United States Reclamation Service, is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees water resource management, specifically as it applies to the oversight and operation of the diversion, delivery, and storage projects that it has built throughout the western United States for irrigation, water supply, and attendant hydroelectric power generation.

During the day, participants will have the opportunity to visit one of the Bureau of Reclamation dam facilities: the Pueblo Dam. The dam is featured by a complex and working monitoring installations. During the visit, special attention will be paid to the active monitoring system installed in the dam by demonstrations.

Don’t miss the chance to attend the field trip that will take place on 14 June 2024.


  • Full day Field Trip 14 June 2024;
  • Field trip informative material;
  • Transportation and return from Golden;
  • Lunch.


7:30 AM: Departure from Golden, CO.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM: Arrival at Pueblo Dam.

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Guided tour of Pueblo Dam, exterior instrumentation at embankments and concrete structures.

  • Toe drain flows of embankment
    • Drainage Blanket seepage
    • Seepage flows downstream of concrete dam
    • Porous-tube piezometers and observation wells
    • Pneumatic piezometers
    • Embankment measurement points (geodetic surveying)
    • Inclinometers
    • Outlet works structural measurements
    • Embankment measurement points
    • Spillway displacement measurements
  • Whittemore points
    • Structural measurement points
    • Differential movement Plates
  • Differential Movement Plates, concrete buttresses
    • Visual inspection routines, and context for remote sensing
    • Reservoir water surface elevation

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Lunch break.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Guided Tour of Dam Interior.

  • Centralized Data Acquisition System
  • Automated
  • foundation-buttress uplift pressures by vw-piezometers
    • in-place inclinometers
    • multipoint extensometers (mpbx)
    • shear strips
    • LVDT jointmeters
  • Plumblines
    • Foundation deformation gages
    • Uplift Pressures
    • Multi-point piezometers
    • Drain Flows
  • Individual
    • Cumulative flows in gallery gutters
  • Reservoir water temperature

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Equipment Demonstrations

  • USBR UAS Team Data Collection and Results Demonstration
    • USBR Scanning LiDAR Demonstration

2:45 PM: Gather for departure from Pueblo Dam.

5:00 PM: Arrival in Golden, CO.


We are working for you to have an unforgettable experience at the 10th International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring.

If you need more information about the course or field trips or have any questions and/or doubts, please do not hesitate to send an email at