2008 Freeman Lecture

Singapore's Marina Barrage: Design, Evolution and Construction of a Multi-Purpose Urban Reservoir. <View Video>

Monday, April 14

Dr. Brendan Harley
Senior Vice President, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.

The Marina Barrage is a major government project integrating flood control, water supply and lifestyle attractions in the heart of the city of Singapore. Modeled in concept after Boston's Charles River Basin, the new facility will provide flood protection to low lying areas that have been subject to tidal and storm flooding. The reservoir is fed by 16 percent of the island of Singapore and is designed to discharge storm flows from the frequent intense tropical rains. Converted from a tidal harbor area, the new reservoir will also provide drinking water to the city, which is developing a self-sufficient water supply system using urban runoff from much of the island. In addition, the completed Marina Reservoir will provide a number of recreational activities for the citizens of Singapore. Harley is project director for the construction phase of the $250 million project and has been involved since its conception in 1985.

The Freeman Lecture

The John R. Freeman Lecture is co-sponsored by the Environmental and Water Resources Group of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section, the ASCE, and the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Click here for more information.

Reception: 6 p.m.
Lecture: 7 p.m.

MIT Tang Center (E51)
70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA

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