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Dam Safety-Critical Controls, Case Histories and Current Developments

14 Professional Development Hours

After participating in this course, you will have an understanding of:

  • Changing standards and regulations for water and tailings dams
  • Performance-based Risk-informed Design and Operation
  • Basics of hazard and failure mode identification
  • Basics of risk assessment
  • How to develop and implement mitigative controls to lower risk
  • Current dam safety issues under discussion by various authorities


Dams and their appurtenant structures are unique and complex systems built for a variety of reasons including flood protection, power generation, irrigation, solid waste storage and recreation. The importance of dam safety to the mining, industrial, infrastructure, and energy sectors of the Canadian economy cannot be over-emphasized. Various regulatory and industry practices exist for dam design, operation, maintenance and surveillance. However, loss of appropriate controls, from the time of initial design through to long-term operations, continue to result in dam safety incidents and failures. This course will provide an overview of emerging dam safety standards and issues, controls and critical controls, critical control management, identification of hazards and failure modes, and the basics of performance-based, risk-informed design and operation. Several supporting case histories will be presented to illustrate these concepts.

Course Outline

  • Dam Safety: Introduction, Basics and Critical Concepts
  • Hazards and Failure Modes
  • Setting Performance Standards and Objectives
  • Critical Control Management
  • Selected Case Histories
  • Risk Informed Decision Making and Risk Analyses
  • Ongoing Developments in Dam Safety
  • Course Summary and List of Major Takeaways

Who Should Attend

Designers • Operators • Owners • Engineers • Consultants • Contractors • Individuals with interest in dams for water and solid waste retention, flood control, and power generation

Day 1

Module 1: Dam Safety: Introduction, Basics and Critical Concepts

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Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

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