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.
Includes access to the following videos:
$60.00 - $80.00
Ben Ross, Jason Brown, Richard Rodd
Goulburn Weir was constructed in 1891 forming Lake Nagambie on the Goulburn River, approximately 8km north of Nagambie in Victoria. It is a key asset in the irrigation network diverting water to 352,000ha in Northern Victoria. The weir was remodelled between 1983 and 1987, replacing 21 overshot gates with nine radial gates. A series of 28 post tensioned bar ground anchors were installed to secure the radial gate concrete support piers to the weir’s mudstone foundations. On 8 March 2006 during routine testing of the pier bar ground anchors, failure of one anchor occurred. It posed a possible risk to pier stability. Subsequently investigations into the cause of failure and its implications was undertaken consisting of a program of data review, site investigations, metallurgical testing, geotechnical investigation, design reviews and stability assessments. It was recommended to replace the failed anchor and 10 other under performing anchors with 8 cable strand anchors at the cost of approximately $1million.
Key words: Risk, bar anchor failure, stability assessment, anchor construction.
Peter Hill, David Stephens, Kelly Maslin, Rachel Brown, Simon Lang, and Chriselyn Meneses
There has been a growing awareness of the potential dam safety risks associated with hydraulic structures in urban environments such as retarding basins, water quality detention basins and recreational lakes. This has required estimates of rare and extreme floods for urban catchments and there are a number of important characteristics of urban catchments which distinguish them from rural catchments such as impervious areas, lack of streamflow data, blockage of structures and complex hydraulics. This paper describes the key considerations for flood estimation in urban catchments and draws examples from a number of current flood studies for urban catchments in Canberra.
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.
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.
Since publication in 2003, the ANCOLD Guidelines for Risk Assessment have reached broad acceptance and use in Australia. In practice, dam owners use the principles of risk assessment to drive business investment decisions. As the guidelines undergo revision, it is timely to assess whether our practices need to evolve to more holistically consider all types of consequences, rather than our current focus on loss of life, in decision-making. This paper aims to prompt dam owners and consultants alike to re-assess our focus on loss of life in risk assessment decision-making, and whether we should more meaningfully consider alternative or broader indicators.
An industry survey was undertaken which found that large dam owners are generally happy with the current system of dam safety decision making. However, the survey responses did identify difficulties in relation to justifying investment below the limit of tolerability that are subject to ALARP principles. In a small number of cases, dam owners found it difficult to justify investment when life safety was not important.
Building on the industry survey and subsequent discussions with practitioners, this paper discusses how the current approach to risk based decision making may result in sub optimal decision making. Further it is discussed how there is an important role that economics should play in providing a universally accepted framework for assessing trade-offs and providing consistent evidence to support decision making.