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Research Facilities and Personnel Data Sheet
Study No: 0-4193 Date: March 31, 2000
Research Agency: Texas Tech University, Lamar University, University of Houston, and U.S. Geological Survey
1. Research Supervisor’s Experience
David B. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor Civil Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, will serve as Principal Investigator for the proposed research study. Dr. Thompson has 26 years experience in engineering practice and research, has been principal investigator for numerous research projects, and has more than 70 technical publications.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) of TxDOT Research Management Committee No. 3 (RMC-3) on Hydraulics, Environment, and Right-of-Way. He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board Technical Committee A2A03 on Hydrology, Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Water Quality. He has completed or is currently working on several TxDOT research projects. For example, Project 0-2104 (Regionalization of NRCS Curve Numbers), deals with TxDOT use of NRCS curve numbers, and is a part of the overall review of hydrologic technology in use by TxDOT.
2. Research Staff Qualifications
Mr. William H. Asquith, Hydrologist, U. S. Geological Survey, will serve as a Co-Investigator for the proposed research. He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, has more than 7 years experience in surface water hydrologic investigations in Texas, and has over 15 publications in the areas of statistical hydrology (namely flood-frequency and precipitation-frequency estimation), statistical theory, general streamflow analysis, and spatial investigation of hydrologic variables. Mr. Asquith is an expert Perl programmer and is experienced with designing and managing large-scale hydrologic databases.
Like Dr. Thompson, Mr. Asquith has completed or is currently working on several TxDOT research projects. He is currently working on Project 0-3301 (Updated Hydrologic Techniques for Texas—Phase II) and Project 0-2104 (Regionalization of NRCS Curve Numbers), in which the USGS, TTU, and TxDOT are partners.
Theodore G. Cleveland, Ph.D., Associate Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Houston, will serve as a Co-Investigator for the proposed research study. Dr. Cleveland has 11 years experience in engineering research, has been principal investigator for numerous research projects, and has more than a dozen technical publications.
He has supervised one TxDOT research project, 0-1425 which is completed pending a revised final report.
3. Resources and Facilities
Texas Tech Main Library:
At Texas Tech University, researchers have access to a vast selection of resources at their disposal. The Texas Tech University Main Library, which is the regional repository for U.S. Government publications, comprises approximately 300,000 square feet of floor space housing over 2 million bibliographic items. The library also provides a number of services including access to a vast array of bibliographic databases.
The Library Information System (LIS) provides direct access to a number of bibliographic databases. About 900 to 1000 journals can be accessed to obtain full-text articles as well as abstracts. The LIS also provides access to a number of databases through FirstSearch. These include American Business Information (ABI/INFORM), WorldCat, ArticleFirst, ContentsFirst, ERIC, GPO, MLA Bibliography, Periodical Abstracts, FactSearch, Disclosure Snapshots, Agricola, Biological and Agricultural Index, PaperFirst and ProceedingsFirst.
Researchers can also perform library database searches using the CD-ROM stations in the library reference room. Databases available through CD-ROM are Concise Engineering Index, Applied Science and Technology Index, INSPEC, GEOBASE, BASIC/BIOSIS, UNCOVER, Microcomputer Abstracts, Library Literature and Newspaper Abstracts.
In addition to the databases available on the Library Information System and at the CD-ROM stations in the Reference Room, there are many other databases and data files available online from off-campus sites located around the world. If the researcher could not find a suitable database on the Library Information System or at a CD-ROM station, the Library Electronic Reference Services Office provides assistance to search databases located at a number of off-campus sites. These databases cover most subjects in the areas of sciences, technology, business, the social sciences, and humanities. Such databases are accessed either through the Internet or a bibliographic utility service such as Dialog, Ovid, CAS, or CompuServe.
Any book not owned by the Texas Tech Libraries may be borrowed through the Inter-Library Loan Service of the library. If the requested books can be located within Texas or the region, generally, they will be delivered within 4 to 8 working days. Obtaining books from outside the state or region may take longer. Copies of journal articles can also be obtained in this manner. Articles needed on a rush basis can usually be acquired within 48 hours of the request.
U.S. Geological Survey
Water Resources Division (WRD) of the USGS is one of the nation’s preeminent institutions for unbiased and technically sound hydrologic data and research and has made significant contributions to the field of hydrology for over a 120 years. The mission of the WRD is multifacetted and includes collecting, on a systematic basis, data needed for the continuing determination and evaluation of the quantity, quality, and use of the Nation's water resources. In the area of surface water hydrology, the missions of the WRD include conducting analytical and interpretive water-resource appraisals describing the occurrence, availability of surface water. Conducting supportive basic and problem-oriented research in hydraulics, hydrology, and related fields of science to improve the scientific basis for investigations and measurement techniques and to understand hydrologic systems sufficiently well to quantitatively predict their response to stress, either natural or manmade. Disseminating the water data and the results of these investigations and research through reports, maps, computerized information services, and other forms of public releases. Coordinating the activity of Federal agencies in the acquisition of water data for streams,. Providing scientific and technical assistance in hydrologic fields to other Federal, State, and local agencies. The Texas District has an extensive library and archive of reports and files pertinent to the unit hydrograph work, and in fact many of the data reports needed have already be identified and have been located within the library. Many of these reports are obscure because they are annual data compilation reports that had limited distribution and many are over 30 years old. The Texas District library is thus a critical element for any unit hydrograph investigations in Texas.
University of Houston
The University of Houston Main Library, like the Texas Tech Library, is also a regional repository for U.S. Government publications. The library also provides services on par with the Texas Tech Library. The UH library is a member of the Houston Area Library Association and had access to the medical center libraries and Rice University libraries.
Computer and Internet Sources:
Faculty, staff and students of Texas Tech University have access to the World Wide Web which has become a vast repository of information that can be conveniently accesses via the internet. This includes information from the online catalogs of other institutions, departmental data files, full-text articles and much more.
Because of its role in data collection, analysis, dissemination of streamflow data, and hydrologic research in Texas, the USGS, Texas District, possess considerable computer resources to accomplish its missions. Presently the research staff will have access many Windows NT workstations, several Dell PowerEdge NT servers, two Silicon Graphics Irix Origin servers, and two Sun Solaris 450 Enterprise servers, and a Sun Solaris Ultra 5 workstation. T the USGS maintains a vast online streamflow database, and continues to rapidly develop its world wide web presence. The USGS also performs tape backup of project and mission critical data nightly and the tapes are periodically archived off premises.
Because of the separation distance between Lamar University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston and the USGS, computer networking of data, resources and information over the Internet and the World Wide Web will be important. Both instituations possess the necessary resources to make this possible.
Furthermore, because of the considerable enterprise-level computer resources of the USGS a dedicated server could be established in the Austin office and supported by USGS computer personnel to provide a central facility for the large data base developed anticipated with the unit hydrograph work. It could be possible for Lamar, TTU, UH, and USGS staff to simultaneously work together on a consistent computer platform and interface. By developing and storing the large unit hydrograph data base in one facility, timely and efficient backup and recovery tasks are possible.
4. Work Plan
A detailed description of the research approach and the work plan is provided in Part I of this research proposal. The same work plan is presented below in a more concise manner.
Task 1: Literature Review
Task 2: Data Assembly
Task 3: Data Analysis
Task 4: Development
The key personnel contributing to this research study are involved in teaching as well as research. Estimated percentages of time in teaching, other research and the proposed research that the principal investigator and the co-principal investigators will be involved in, are given in Table 1 below.
TABLE 1. Percentages of Time Contributed by the Members of the Research Team.
Selected reports published by the key investigators of the proposed project under grants from TxDOT and FHWA are as follows:
Thompson, David; Ramsey, Heyward; Mollhagen, Tony; Evans, Matt; and Lehman, Thomas, 1998. ``Final Summary Report: Aesthetic, Environmental, and Geomorphological Implcations of Channel Modifications,'' Research Report Number 7-2983, conducted for Texas Department of Transportation, Civil Engineering Department, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 47 p.
Asquith, William; and Slade, Raymond, 1996, Documented and Potential Extreme Peak Discharges and Relation between Potential Extreme Peak Discharges and Probable Maximum Flood Peak Discharges in Texas: U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations Report 95-4249, 58 p. Prepared as part of Texas Department of Transportation Project 0-1301
Asquith, William, 1998, Depth-Duration Frequency of Precipitation for Texas: U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations Report 98-4044, 107 p. Prepared as part of Texas Department of Transportation Project 0-1301.
Asquith, William, 1999, Areal-reduction factors for the precipitation of the 1-day design storm in Texas, U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations Report 99-4267, 81 p. Prepared as part of Texas Department of Transportation Project 0-1301
Slade, Raymond; and Asquith, William, 1996, Peak data for U.S. Geological Survey gaging stations, Texas network; and computer program to estimate peak-streamflow frequency: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-148, 57 p. Prepared as part of Texas Department of Transportation Project 0-1301.
Dr. David B. Thompson was Principal Investigator for TxDOT Project 7-2983 and is Co-Investigator for Project 0-1837. In addition, he completed a district-funded project (Tyler District) dealing with establishing vegetation and mitigating erosion along a two-mile reach of Interstate Highway 20. Dr. Thompson works closely with TxDOT personnel as a TAP for RMC3.
William Asquith has both been Principal Investigators and USGS Project Chiefs on TxDOT Project 0-1301, and Mr. Asquith has been Principal Investigator for TxDOT Project 0-3301. Project 0-1301 was active between 1991 and 1997; whereas Project 0-3301 is scheduled for 1998 through 2000. Both projects have been considered on time for their entire duration. Project proposals, scopes, and budgets have been adjusted several times during project execution as preliminary research dictated. Mr. Asquith is working closely with TxDOT personnel on research activities associated with projects 0-3301 and 0-2104.
Principal Investigator Dr. David B. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., has succesfully completed one TxDOT research project and another is pending completion. Both of these projects are related to environmental, hydrologic, or hydraulic concerns. In addition, Dr. Thompson has significant experience in application of the NRCS curve number procedure to practical design applications. The procedure was used in his MS research, for example, for estimation of the runoff component of the hydrologic cycle in a numerical model he constructed.
William Asquith has been Principal Investigator and USGS Project Chief on two TxDOT research projects. Mr. Asquith has education, training, and experience related to surface water hydrology. Mr. Asquith has extensive experience with time series analysis including the tools pertinent to unit hydrograph. Finally, Mr. Asquith’s experience with hydrologic database design and maintenance will be important. The database development will be accomblished with the Perl programming language and direct networking to the Unix based USGS data repositories.
Barnes, B.S., 1940. “Discussion of analysis of runoff characteristics” by O.H. Meyer, Trans ASCE 105.
Chow, V.T., Maidment, D.R., and Mays, L.W., 1988. Applied hydrology, McGraw Hill, New York.
McCuen, R., 1998. Hydrologic analysis and design, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall.
Sherman, L.K., 1932. “Stream-flow from rainfall by the unit-graph method,” Eng. News-Rec. 108, 501-505.
Soil Conservation Service, 1972. National engineering handbook, Section 4, Hydrology, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington D.C.
Soil Conservation Service, 1975. Urban hydrology for small watersheds, Tech. Rel. No. 55, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington D.C.
U.S Army Corps of Engineers, 1990. HEC-1: Flood hydrograph package user’s manual, Hydrologic Engineering Center, Davis California.
Viessman, W., Jr. and Lewis, G.L., 1996. Introduction to hydrology, 4th edition, Harper-Collins.
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