Dr. Victoria Bennett

Dr. Victoria BennettRennselaer Polytechnic Institute

Project: Establishment of a Remote-Sensing Based Monitoring Program for Performance Health Assessment of the Sacramento Delta

Other Research Participants/Partners: Tarek Abdoun, RPI; Mourad Zeghal, RPI; Mohammed Gabr, NCSU; Brina Montoya, NCSU; Cathleen Jones, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Joel Dudas, Department of Water Resources, Sacramento, CA; Mike Sharp, USACE, Vicksburg, MS

Project Description:  As climate change progresses in the form of continuous land subsidence and rising sea water level, the integrity and reliability of flood-control infrastructure become ever more essential components to homeland safety. This project will employ a sensor-based (remote sensing with in-ground instrumentation for validation) and model-aided approach to provide engineers and decision makers with systematic tools to assess the health and provide early warning of deteriorating levees in the Sacramento Delta. The modeling tool integrates the use of measured data with the concept of performance limit states to effectively achieve a performance-based, network-level health assessment of the levee system.

Project Abstract

Research Interests: Geotechnical engineering, field instrumentation, radar remote sensing and improving undergraduate education

Presentations and Reports:
2016 Annual Meeting presentation
2017 Annual Meeting presentation
Year 1 Annual Report

Year 2 Annual Report

CRC News:
New standard helps predict and evaluate erosion caused by storms 
Work across multiple states focuses on health of levee systems


Contact Information:
Email: bennev@rpi.edu
Phone: 518-276-6365