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About the Workshop

The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) offers a one-day workshop to present the concepts and processes developed in the CDA’s Technical Bulletin on Dam Safety Reviews. The concept of periodic and systematic review is now widely accepted as an important part of dam safety programs in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

Participants will develop an understanding of the following:

1. Dam Safety Review process

2. Roles and expectations of the dam owner and review engineer

3. Role of a Dam Safety Review within a dam safety program


Fictional case studies are used to demonstrate how the process can be applied and adapted to different situations, for both water-retaining dams and mine tailings dams. Attendees work through exercises to better understand how to scope a Dam Safety Review, what information is required to assess the safety of a dam, how to approach the hazard-failure mode-control aspect of a safety analysis, and how to present the findings in a manner that supports decision-making by the dam owner.

The workshop is led by qualified CDA instructors. Printed course material is provided for attendees to use during the workshop and keep for future reference.

Tools and samples are included. Exercises are completed in small groups, allowing for significant discussion and peer learning among workshop participants.

The workshop is aimed at dam owners, consultants and regulators who want to gain a better understanding of good practice as described in the CDA’s Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews.


BRAZIL - Foz do Iguaçu - September 17-21, 2018