Retarding Basin Fundamentals (April 2013) – MODULE 1 TO 4
Retarding basins are becoming increasingly important elements in urban flood planning throughout Australia but it is evident that many basins have not been implemented in line with modern day “risk management” approaches. Accordingly, as part of its Professional Development program, and in advance of its proposed Guideline on Retarding Basins due out in 2014, the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) is planning a series of seminars across Australia on Retarding Basin Fundamentals. The seminars are being provided to assist basin owners, and their professional staff and advisors, to plan, implement and operate their basins in a safe and effective manner consistent with various Government and “duty of care” obligations.
The one day seminars are being presented by leading dam safety and risk management professionals including:
Richard Rodd- dams consultant with over 40 years experience in dam and basin design, construction, operation and maintenance.
Kelly Maslin – dams consultant with over 15 years experience in dams and risk management.
Norm Himsley – dams consultant and member of NSW Dam Safety Committee with over 40 years experience in dam and basin design, construction, operation and maintenance.
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$60.00 - $80.00
Simon Lang, Chriselyn Meneses, Kelly Maslin, Mark Arnold
It is now common practice for dam owners in Australia to take a risk based approach to managing the safety of their large dams. Some dam owners are also using risk based approaches to manage other significant assets. For example, Melbourne Water manage the safety of their retarding basins in a manner similar to their water supply dams.
Assessing the risks posed by retarding basins using methods developed for larger dams can raise challenges. For example, the Graham (1999) approach to estimating potential loss of life (PLL) is generally applied when estimating the consequences of dam failure. However, Graham (1999) may not be the most suitable model for estimating PLL downstream of structures with relatively low heights and storage volumes (e.g. retarding basins), given the characteristics of the case histories used to develop the method.
In this paper six potential methods for estimating PLL are tested on four retarding basins in Melbourne. The methods are Graham (1999), the new Reclamation Consequence Estimating Methodology (RCEM), the UK risk assessment for reservoir safety (RARS) method, a spreadsheet application of HEC-FIA 3.0, and empirical methods developed by Jonkman (2007) and Jonkman et al. (2009). Results from the methods are compared, and comment is made about which is most suitable.
Keywords: potential loss of life, dam safety, risk analysis, retarding basins.
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.
Kelly Maslin, Richard Rodd
As an industry there have been many advances in the assessment of the probability of failure associated with a range of failure modes including embankment piping and stability. However, little work has been done on the development of a meaningful tool to assist in the assessment of probabilities of failure for embankment breach due to overtopping.
In the development of this paper a number of embankment overtopping case studies were reviewed and these were used to anchor the suggested probabilities of failure. The case studies assessed were all low to medium height, homogeneous earthfill embankment dams. Consideration has been given to a range of factors including embankment material and construction, embankment geometry, duration of overtopping and the presence and condition of vegetation on the embankment face.
The results of the analysis of the case studies indicate that the probability of breach due to overtopping, particularly for short duration events, is actually relatively low compared to the typical values being adopted within the industry.
It is the intended purpose of this paper that it provides guidance to the industry on the assignment of the probability of embankment breach due to overtopping to allow more consistent, robust and defensible estimates for dam safety risk assessments.
Lake Bellfield is a reserve storage for the Wimmera Mallee Water (WMW) Stock and Domestic System in North Western Victoria, constructed between 1963 and 1967. The dam is located on Fyans Creek approximately 3 km upstream from Halls Gap in an area of high tourist value and is rated in the Extreme category under ANCOLD guidelines. The dam consists of an earth and rockfill embankment 745 m long with a maximum height of 57 metres and retains a reservoir with a storage capacity of 78,500 ML.
Previous studies and a subsequent physical model study confirmed that the existing spillway does not meet the requirements of the current ANCOLD guidelines. The current flood capacity is approximately 40% of the Probable Maximum Flood. A range of potential upgrade options to pass the PMF were evaluated with a 1.9 metre composite earthfill and downstream concrete parapet wall raise in combination with spillway lowering of 3.4 metres selected. Construction of this option was completed in early 2003.
This paper describes the key features of the investigation and design including:
• a physical model study,
• evaluation of various options based on technical, financial, environmental and social criteria,
• design of the earthfill-parapet raise in the limited area available on the crest to provide full filter protection, acceptable short and long term deformations and adequate long term access to the dam and its associated structures, and
• design of the spillway cut including excavation and stabilisation in the very strong and abrasive Grampians Sandstone.
Dam Safety Emergency Planning (June 2014) – MODULES 1 TO 5 (FULL COURSE)
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND OUTLINE
This short course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of dam safety emergency planning including developing, using, exercising and reviewing dam safety emergency plans.
It will begin by briefly reaffirming why dam safety emergency plans are needed and then provide a high level overview of legislative requirements for each State.
Critical elements of dam safety emergency planning and plans will be presented in detail. This will be followed by guidance on how to develop and document dam safety emergency plans.
The seminar also includes modules on training operators and emergency responders in the use of dam safety emergency plans and exercising them so that everyone is confident that the plan will work in a genuine emergency.
The presenters will use examples from their experience to illustrate all aspects of dam safety emergency planning and there will be opportunities for delegates to ask questions and share their experiences throughout the day.