Located on the Tigris river in the western governorate of Ninawa, Mosul Dam is the largest dike in Iraq. Being made up of an earth-fill embankment with clay-core, it serves to generate hydroelectricity and provide water for downstream irrigation; the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources needed some technical support concerning several architectural and engineering tasks in order to provide general utilities, roadworks, temporary and permanent buildings and force protection measures. The project, thus, targets two areas of intervention: the construction of Operational Areas in favor of the extraordinary maintenance works of the dam, whose collapse due to wear and tear would flood the region down to Baghdad, causing thousands of victims; the provision of real life support. The works cover a very large territory, providing temporary and permanent structures and facilities to guarantee the activities of rehabilitation of the dike to service thousands of military and civilian users.
By reason of the exceedingly critical conditions in the area, the project must accurately take into account Force Protection measures and operational requirements, so as to grant a top-quality service in full safety and security. Hence the design appears to be not only a mere maintenance and upgrade intervention on the dam, but also an urban and landscaping planning project; in fact, it proposes the realization of roads and infrastructures, as well as mechanical and electrical plants and general utilities such as water, drainage and sewerage connections, lighting and power systems etc.