2002 – Risk-informed Dam Safety Decision-making

D.S. Bowles and Loren R Anderson

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14 (NIV)

An approach is summarised for presenting the outcomes of traditional engineering assessments and risk assessments to inform non-technical decision makers. The decision justification approach can be adapted to any dam owner’s unique decision context. It includes rating systems for presenting the outcomes from engineering assessments and from applying tolerable risk criteria, including ALARP. Three decision types are addressed: setting tolerable risk goals for individual dams, identifying a risk reduction pathway for a portfolio of dams, and managing residual risk on an on-going basis

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