Engineering (11 - 20 of 32 items)
The Malden and Elk-Pinch, WV, Wastewater Treatment Projects
124214: May 23, 1984
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed problems encountered at the Malden and Elk-Pinch, West Virginia, wastewater treatment projects. At the Malden project, GAO noted high user charges and serious performance problems which cause the plant to continually exceed its water pollution control permit limits. Residents have failed to hook into the service in large numbers and some are de...
Thermal Analysis of Mass Concrete Structures: Lock and Dam No. 26 (Replacement) Project
RCED-84-87: Published: Feb 17, 1984. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 1984.
During a review of the Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam No. 26 (Replacement) Project, GAO observed that the Corps is using outdated thermal analysis techniques.GAO found that state-of-the-art finite element computer programs are currently used by large consulting firms and Federal agencies for thermal analysis of mass concrete structures. In acknowledgment of their lack of experience with such...
Administration and Enforcement of Davis-Bacon Act
102867: Jul 14, 1977
Among projects reviewed for compliance with minimum wage determinations of the Davis-Bacon Act in the Department of Labor's Region IX was the construction of bachelor enlisted quarters at the Naval Air Station, Miramar, California, at a cost of $2,421,392. Various deficiencies were found.The Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, San Diego Area, who administers such contracts, did not demand...
Improvements Needed in the Army's Design Process for Military Construction Projects in Europe
NSIAD-83-22: Published: Jul 19, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1983.
GAO reviewed the design process for military construction projects in Europe. The review was made primarily at each of the services' design agents that are responsible for the design and construction of all Department of Defense projects within their designated geographical areas.GAO identified several problems that warrant attention and corrective action. First, there is potential overstaffing at...
Data on Cost Growth on Construction Contract for Safeguard Anti-Ballistic Missile Facilities at Grand Forks, North Dakota
B-164250: Published: Sep 7, 1973. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1982.
No summary is currently available...
Cost Overrun on the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility
PLRD-82-123: Published: Sep 30, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1982.
GAO reviewed the reasons for the cost overrun on the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF) construction process and discussed the construction of the Space Transportation System (STS) support facilities with Air Force and Army Corps of Engineers officials to determine whether the design responsibilities for these facilities were split between the Air Force and the Corps in ways similar to th...
Information on Federal Funding of Portions of the San Luis Unit of the California Central Valley Project
CED-82-64: Published: Apr 13, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the funding, obligations, and expenditures for constructing the distribution systems and drains component of the San Luis Unit of the California Central Valley Project.The proposed system will be the largest system ever built by the Bureau of Reclamation and will irrigate more than one-half million acres. Although construction of...
Military Construction Standards Should Be Updated To Better Meet User Needs and Save Money
LCD-77-351: Published: Apr 3, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1978.
Military construction standards are used in designing and building Department of Defense (DOD) facilities worldwide; these standards affect the adequacy of a facility and its costs for construction, operation, and maintenance. The application of selected standards was examined in the Pacific Ocean area.DOD construction standards are generally comprehensive and provide the flexibility to meet varie...
Questionable Practices of the Military Minor Construction Program
LCD-77-356: Published: Feb 14, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1978.
Congress normally authorizes military construction projects in annual construction authorizations acts and finances them in construction appropriation acts. To provide for unforeseen circumstances creating an urgent need for construction, Congress has enacted legislation permitting the military services to initiate projects costing no more than $400,000 without congressional approval.The Departmen...