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Research Project: Dam Analysis Modernization of Tools, Applications, Guidance and Standardization (DAM-TAGS) Project

Location: Agroclimate and Hydraulics Research Unit

Project Number: 3070-13000-014-011-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 1, 2021
End Date: Jul 31, 2025

Objectives include the following: 1) Writing and revising guidance documents, 2) Developing a cloud-based database network within the ARS Agricultural Collaborative Research Outcomes System (AgCROS) for reservoir and levee monitoring, 3) Developing an application programming interface (API) that can be used to transfer data collected through this project to collaborators and stakeholders (in coordination with the ARS Partnerships for Data Innovations, PDI, team), 4) Establishing the framework for a dam monitoring network including software development for data collection, management, and transfer (in coordination with the ARS PDI team), 5) Developing GIS based tools for dam monitoring and inspection (in collaboration with the ARS PDI team), 6) Developing and delivering training curriculum in various formats (e.g. webinars, workshops, hands-on learning, videos, field demonstration days), 7) Developing a decision support informatics platform to facilitate communications between researchers and stakeholders (in collaboration with the ARS PDI team), and 8) Managing information and training request workflows as they are received by outside parties.

The Cooperator will partner with ARS to assist on the defined objectives. This includes but is not limited to providing technical support and expertise for revising and writing guidance documents, working with the USDA ARS PDI team to develop and deploy a cloud-based dam monitoring network framework including the development of digital data management, analysis, storage, visualization and sharing/distribution tools. They will assist ARS in the delivery of training through various formats (e.g. webinars, hands-on learning, workshops, videos, field demonstration days), manage workflows as information and training requests are submitted by outside parties, and contribute to a communications plan related to the PDI decision support informatics platform dam management network. This collaborative effort will provide key information for enhancing engineering tools like WinDAM and stepped spillway and associated stilling basin design criteria. The deliverables will include revising guidance documents, training materials, data collection apps, and developing a cloud-based framework for database management and information sharing as they relate to establishing a dam monitoring and inspection network.