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Formed by the construction of Hoover Dam in Nevada, United States, Lake Mead acts as a major source for fresh water distribution in Southern Nevada. In 1991, South Nevada Water Authority decided to create new intakes at the bottom of Lake Mead to ensure more resilient water supply. Whilst the construction of Intake No 1&2 was completed by 2002, construction of Intake No. 3 spanned from 2008 to 2015.
Since the very beginning, the project was marred with technical challenges mostly imposed by its location within Saddle Island fault zone resulting in poor ground conditions and upto 15 bar of hydrostatic pressure. These challenges lead to innovative solutions extending to both the design of support and construction of the starter tunnel as well as the actual intake; whilst helping the project bag multiple awards and global praise.
ICE London G&S Committee 'ICE 200 Collaborative Lecture', supported by British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM) and British Geotechnical Association Early Careers Group (BGA ECG), will be delivered by Tom Berry (Associate Director, Arup) and Seth Pollak (Associate, Arup) who will be providing an insight into challenging ground conditions encountered and the support system installed in the realigned starter tunnel for the Lake Mead No.3 Intake, Nevada.