Dambreak & Consequences (September 2013) – MODULES 1 to 5
An understanding of the consequences of dam failure is essential in dam safety emergency planning and as an input to risk assessment. In recent years there has been significant advances in hydraulic modelling and access to high quality elevation data which has revolutionised dambreak modelling. The advent of risk based approaches has increased the focus on estimating the consequence of dam failure and particularly the potential loss of life. The method developed by the USBR in 1999 has had widespread application in Australia and in recent years a number of more sophisticated simulation approaches have been developed. This session will cover the latest developments in dambreak modelling and the estimation of potential loss of life from dam failure.
This course is designed to present the state of practice on these matters for dam safety risk management. The 2 days are designed for both experienced and less experienced dam owners, regulators and consultants.
Includes access to the following videos:
Tailings Dams (May 2014) – MODULES 1 to 4 (Full Seminar)
Tailings dams are critical elements in most mine operations throughout Australia but it is evident that many of these dams have not been implemented and sustainably managed in line with modern day “risk management” approaches. This course is being provided to assist tailings dam owners, and their professional staff and advisers to provide up-to-date information on how to plan, implement, operate and sustainably close their dams in a safe and effective manner consistent with various Government and “duty of care” obligations.
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND OUTLINE
This short course is designed so that engineers and other dam professionals both young and more experienced will better understand the essential ingredients of investigation, design, operation, maintenance and safety for spillways and outlets for new and existing dams and associated upgrades.
While ensuring the basics are properly understood, there will be a strong focus on what is the approaches, issues and risks associated modern dam spillways & outlets requirements – what you need to know, whether a dam owner/manager/operator, consultant, regulator or a professional with a strong interest in dams.
Dam Outlets will look at the other key passage of water passed a dam – outlets. Like spillways it will cover both broad criteria for sound outlets (including intakes) and the specific criteria on the various purposes and types of outlets and in some cases combined with spillways or power generation. Experience of the presenters and case studies will provide a key input into the issues, risks, environmental aspects (such as thermal and fish passage) and overall safety and best practice design and management of outlets. Importantly the presentation will provide an essential insight into the new ANCOLD guideline on outlets currently being prepared.
Dam Types, Foundation & Construction (November 2014) – MODULES 1 to 5 (Full Seminar)
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND OUTLINE
This short course is designed to provide sound basic understanding into dam types, foundations and construction, their key issues and considerations including investigations and design and addressing new and existing dams and associated upgrades.
It will begin with looking at all the various types of embankment and concrete dams, their issues and considerations as a lead into choosing or reviewing dam type and associated upgrade including risk assessment, historical performance and basic monitoring for dam safety.
Next foundations types and associated investigations, design and construction key aspects will be covered in view of the importance of this component for both new and existing dams.
To round off basic dam understanding the final sessions will concentrate on preliminary and common construction considerations and in particular construction of embankment and concrete dam walls.
ANCOLD Convenor, David Watson, Managing Director of Davwil Designs & Management Services
Shane McGrath, Director of SMG Consulting
David Watson, Managing Director of Davwil Designs & Management Services
Malcolm Barker, Principal Engineer Dams of GHD
Mark Foster , Technical Director – Dams of AECOM
Peter Hill, Director of Hydrology and Risk Consulting (HARC)
Robert Keogh, General Manager, Asset Strategy & Management for SunWater
Technical Seminar: Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams Day 1 (March 2012) – MODULES 1 TO 5
This seminar emphasizes the importance of periodic evaluation of the safety of existing dams, and provides specific information and guidance on the visual and instrumented monitoring of the various types of dams and their appurtenant structures. Failure modes analysis is stressed as the basis for an effective and efficient monitoring program. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will have a thorough understanding of the procedures and techniques essential to carrying out meaningful dam safety evaluations and monitoring, and should be able to apply these principles to improve their own effectiveness and the effectiveness of their dam safety programs.