2018 – Revision of Queensland’s Failure Impact Assessment Guidelines

Chris Nielsen, Gary Hargraves, Ron Guppy, Rob Fowden, Peter Allen

In 2018, DNRME released the latest revision of the Failure Impact Assessment (FIA) Guidelines and the first significant change since 2003. An FIA is the instrument for determining if a dam is referable and therefore regulated for dam safety purposes in Queensland.

The guidelines reflect upon changes in legislation and advances in methods and tools for assessing consequences of dam failure. The revised version tends to be less prescriptive and emphasises the responsibility of the engineer completing the assessment to develop appropriate and defensible methods.

The paper provides an overview of the FIA guidelines, key concepts, the steps to follow when preparing an FIA and a comparison to ANCOLD’s latest consequence assessment guideline.

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