Field Trip 2: Water Research Lab at Utah State University
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Join us in beautiful northern Utah for a tour of Utah State University’s world-renowned Utah Water Research Laboratory
(UWRL). The UWRL is the oldest and one of the largest university-based water research facilities in the United States. It is also considered one of the most well respected facilities of its kind. The UWRL conducts approximately 250 projects each year in a broad spectrum of water disciplines, including hydraulics, water resources, and environmental engineering, with a particular focus on Utah’s unique water challenges.
The UWRL has been modeling hydraulic structures for more than 50 years to improve designs, reduce costs, and increase safety. Recent or current hydraulic models at the lab include scale-models of the Oroville Dam Spillway
, Nenggiri Dam bottom outlet and spillway, Lake Ralph Hall Dam, and a full-scale model of an Archimedes Screw turbine designed by Percheron Power. The tour will include these or other similar scale models as available at the time of the tour. Take a look
at the UWRL Model for the Orville Dam Spillway.
Participants will get an up-close tour of our hydraulics modeling facilities and AggieAir, an innovative unmanned aerial system (UAS) program that is transforming remote sensing and precision agriculture. The AggieAir UAS program
has a 10-year history of providing quality environmental data for water resources management and other scientific applications.