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July 2009 Vol. 64 No. 7
AEM Construction Challenge winners

Alcatel-Lucent’s purpose in introducing the program is to help its customers meet the challenges inherent in the process and be well-equipped to compete for funding. According to the ARRA Act, the $7.2 billion in funding will be allocated by the NTIA and the RUS, and must be disbursed by Sept. 30, 2010. The agencies are expected to award the money in three phases, starting in summer 2009.

For more information about Alcatel-Lucent’s “Broadband for All” program, visit www.broadband4all.com/alu.

Earthquake-protection tunnel project wins national engineering innovation award

AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, was a key member of the team that was presented the nation’s top award for engineering innovation for a major earthquake-protection project.

The Claremont Tunnel Seismic Upgrade was chosen from 75 entries by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for its 2009 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation.

The project was designed to safeguard the water supply of more than 800,000 people in the Oakland area from a magnitude 7 earthquake. The Claremont Tunnel, built in 1929, crosses the Hayward Fault as it carries water more than three miles from the Orinda Water Treatment Plant to aqueducts serving all or parts of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and eight other communities. The winning project involved the construction of a 1,570-foot-long bypass tunnel that runs through the fault and connects to the Claremont Tunnel east and west of the fault zone.

The bypass tunnel’s design included a broadened section through the fault zone that is intended to accommodate up to 8.5 feet of lateral movement. Additionally, a six-foot diameter, three-inch-thick steel pipe was placed where the tunnel intersects the fault as a backup system to allow continued passage of water in the event of tunnel damage.

AMEC Geomatrix characterized the geologic conditions along the bypass tunnel alignment and provided the design team with the geotechnical and earthquake parameters needed to design the bypass tunnel.

The project owner is the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Jacobs Associates was responsible for the overall design and construction management support. The contractor was Guy F. Atkinson Construction. AMEC’s efforts were led by Principal Engineer Michael Traubenik and Principal Engineering Geologist N. Timothy Hall, Ph.D.

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