Conquering Groundwater to Protect Egypt’s Antiquities
Egypt’s Pharaonic monuments in the Nile River Valley hold some of ancient civilization’s most respected treasures. However, many were deteriorating from rising groundwater caused by urbanization and agricultural practices. Determined to mitigate the water’s corrosive effects at the prominent Temple of Edfu, CDM Smith applied 3D numerical hydrogeological modeling to design dewatering systems.
Leveraging our earlier work at Luxor West and an exceptional understanding of the region’s unique geology, we were able to minimize invasive work, maintain the project schedule during Ramadan and Egypt’s recent revolution, and build trust with the Ministry. To ensure long-term success, we conducted community outreach to identify and incorporate benefits for local residents; simplified operations and maintenance; drained entire sites efficiently; and built local human capacity to maintain the program into the future.
To ensure long-term success, we conducted community outreach to identify and incorporate benefits for local residents.
It was a team effort to develop and implement the field programs to provide useful, reliable data while respecting the sites’ social and cultural significance.