In this study details of structure of Shahr-e-Bijar concrete-faced rock-fill (CFRD) in Guilan (a province in the north of Iran) and the reasons to select CFRD are presented. To select CFRD first by investigation of 18 different types of dam based on local availability of materials and the ability of constructing by available technology (both Iranian and foreign available technology) six types of them were selected for value engineering. By attention to construction costs, execution time, durability, reliability and performance and ease of construction and operation; and also, the importance coefficient for local government were selected for value engineering. After that 3 types of dam structure (vertical clay core dam, asphalt core dam, and CFRD) had maximum scores. Finally, rock fill dam with concrete surface is selected because despite being more expensive in some cases than other options, it could be considered as a successful dam construction option in Iran because the construction needs no foreign technology and its technology of construction and materials are available. On the other hand, the necessary time for the project is 24 months. The main objective of this project is to avoid time loosing because of materials availability and local technology that needs no finance transferring and no foreign contract that may not be affected by some political condition that delays the project.
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