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2008 Projects:


Radial 16 Road and Canal

Tip Third Engineering

Abdoulie Barry
Scott Bauer
Morgan Davis
Branden Strayer

Poster ( as a PDF 300 kb)

Presentation Slide Show ( as PDF 6 Mb)

Final Report ( as PDF 6 Mb)


Map Showing Location of Project in Santa Cruz

International Senior Design
In the Summer of 2008, 31 students from Michigan Technological University traveled to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. While in Bolivia, they worked on the construction of a local school, collected information for their senior design projects, and experienced Bolivian culture.

Project Scope and Location
Tip Third Engineering was responsible for the
design of a canal and road in neighborhood
30th de Agosto in District 10 of Santa Cruz. The project included a canal to alleviate flooding in the area and a road on both sides along the 16th radial, between the 5th Ring and the curichi (wetland) in the neighborhood.

Map Showing District 10 in the City of Santa Cruz

Picture Showing the Refuse Being put into the Northeastern Edge of Curichi

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Methods and Procedures
While in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Tip Third Engineering performed soil borings, delineated the project watershed, surveyed the right of way, and met with District 10 Engineers. Upon returning to Houghton, Michigan, Tip Third Engineering performed flow calculations for canal sizing, performed fatigue and structural calculations for the road, and used computer drafting software to develop construction documents. Tip Third Engineering also developed a project cost estimate based on Bolivian prices and a
project schedule.


Water calculations
 Roadway calculations
 Project estimate and schedule
 AutoCAD drawings

  Existing Conditions
At the 5th Ring intersection (North East end of project), there is an existing underground storm water system. An earth road lays between this intersection and the curichi (South West end of project). The road is accompanied by an earthen canal on one side. The soil in the project location is mostly clay with sand. When the area near the curichi floods, the flood waters enter the residences, causes health problems, and complicates travel for the people.



 Underground Pipe
 Earthen
 Concrete Lined
Design Options
In designing the canal, Tip Third Engineering considered using an earthen canal, a concrete-lined canal, and underground pipes. The road options included a gravel
road, an asphalt road, and a non-reinforced concrete road

Option 1: Underground Pipe
 Slope/Grade
 5th Ring Intersection1


Option 2: Earthen Canal


Option 3: Concrete Lined Canal


  Final Recommendation
Tip Third Engineering designed an open trapezoidal concrete lined canal, with a nonreinforced concrete road on both sides. The open canal transitions into to a box culvert to cross under the 5th Ring intersection. The existing catch basin/sediment trap at 5th Ring will be extended to allow for a connection with the new canal.
Tip Third Engineering is confident that with maintenance the design will alleviate flooding, increase transportation, and improve the economic activity of the Canal Section residents.
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1 Presentation Slide Show ( as PDF 6 Mb)


Last Modified on : November 1, 2013

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