WS4.1: Dam Safety and Risk Management

Convener (s): National Water Research Center (NWRC)

Session Content:

Dam failure, either earth or concrete dams, occur due to natural disasters or man fault. A low probability risk can result in catastrophic consequences in lives, property and environment. Dam surveillance and instrumentation provide data for monitoring the safe dam performance during the various phases of a dam’s life. The baseline data included design and construction stage, first filling of the reservoir, evaluation of long-term in-service performance (normal operation), and manage or predict unsatisfactory performance. For the purpose of minimizing and manage the risks of a Dam some of instrumentation for monitoring the performance of a dam, is widely accepted as a cautious component of a successful dam safety program. A well designed and executed instrumentation and surveillance-monitoring program can provide the essential information for understanding the ongoing performance of a dam and may help detect early warning signs of trouble, which may occur.

The NWRC have made significant progress to set up the foundation for standard dam safety practice and reduce the risk of dam failure in order to ensure the safety and continued economic performance of the dams.

This workshop will discuss the dam safety issues and measures to monitor the dam performance to avoid any unexpected damage which may occur.