Milestones-Nomination talk:Rincon del Bonete Hydroelectric Plant and Transmission System
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Good work on your documentation. It actually reads more like an article than a nomination so it will have lasting value on the GHN website.
It may be worth noting that at the point relations with the German engineers were terminated that the dam was mostly completed and it was mostly the electro-mechanical works that the Uruguay engineers had to redesign and resource.
I found this article of interest when finding out more about the project. Its a 1951 paper on the project from soon after completion.
I am the advocate on this nomination so of course am somewhat prejudiced but I think Juan Carlos did a great job of presenting an interesting story and making a case that this is a milestone of great importance to the people of Uruguay.
Thanks for your comments.
The article from www.frenchriverland.com mentioned is precisely one of the documents included at the end of the nomination.
It is correct to say that the dam was more or less finished, but a lot of civil works still remained to be completed when the german contractors left the site. Luis Giorgi gives a detailed description in his report.
juan Carlos Miguez
I support this as a History Milestone, and the documentation gives a clear explanation and justification. However, it does not appear to me in the category of an 'invention' or something which was a technological or scientific 'advance'. It used what seems to be known technology for hydro-electric power generation. Its significance, as made clear in a part of the supporting documentation, was the impact it had on bringing electricity and inexpensive power supplies to Uruguay, and hence supporting the national development. It was, of course, also an achievement of the Uruguay engineers in having to tackle such a large project. Maybe some adjustment of the wording of the Citation to emphasise the above would be an improvement? Tony Davies
I agree that this is not an invention but IEEE Milestones aren't retricted to inventions. The broadest definition says that the program recognized "technological achievements". A little more detail is provided in the statement "Milestones recognize the technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity found in unique products, services, seminal papers and patents." The Rincon del Bonete project could be construed as a "product" (a big one)that provided a "service" (electrification of the country) and is probably unique in the way it was redesigned in the middle of a great war. Certainly it was an achievement.
This is an excellent Milestone nomination primarily because it recognizes a major achievement at a local country level. It is also an inspirational story of a project that was interrupted by war but compelled because of local determination with relatively low resources. It honors the technical achievement, as it should, but it also provides recognition to a country for this achievement. It is a worthy nomination.
Rincon del Bonete was the biggest project in the history of Uruguay. It put together people coming from different fields of the Engineering profession to challenge the electrification of Uruguay. In my point of view, it is a worthy nomination and I support it as an IEEE Milestone.