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04.22.2019

Iowa State geotechnical engineer studied failed levees, researches potential solutions

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Cassandra Rutherford, an Iowa State geotechnical engineer, has inspected failed levees along Midwestern rivers. Now she’s working with other engineers to develop technologies that could improve levee performance. Those technologies include using electricity to inspect levees for internal defects and using “biocementation” to strengthen the soil surface of earthen levees.