Sharing experiences on risk-informed dam safety management: Regional course in Tucumán (June 2017)

The second edition of the regional course “Dam safety in Latin America” was held in Tucumán (Argentina) on 18 – 25 June 2017.

The course was organized by the International Centre for Hydropower (ICH, Norway), the World Bank and ORSEP.
More than 30 participants from 11 countries attended this 6-day course.

Lectures included basic concepts and best practices on dam safety in different countries, including a presentation by Jessica Castillo with title “Risk-informed dam safety management“.

For further information, you may visit http://www.cadp.org.ar

Regional Course ” Dam safety in Latin America”  (June 2017)
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Experiences on recent flood risk analyses presented during the V Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (May 2017)

The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Cancun, Mexico, organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform), as recognized by the UN General Assembly, is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction.

It is the world’s foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations.

It features a high-level dialogue which brings together senior government officials, including heads of state and government, ministers, mayors and parliamentarians and leaders from the private sector, science and civil society.

During this event, Adrián Morales presented “Quantifying flood risks to support decision-making: The Tegucigalpa case”, as part of the IGNITE STAGE session.

Further information can be found in this link and at:

http://www.unisdr.org/conferences/2017/globalplatform/en

 

Presentation during the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (May 2016)

Advances on dam risk analysis presented during the 2017 USSD Conference (April 2017)

The 2017 USSD Conference was held in Anaheim (California) from 3 to 7 April 2017.

The theme for this edition of the conference was “It’s a Small World: Managing Our Water Resources“.

On Tuesday April 4, two sessions on Risk were conducted, including presentations on consequence estimation, individual risk evaluation, geotechnical aspects, common cause adjustment and failure mode analysis, uncertainty analysis and risk assessment for levee design.

Ignacio Escuder presented the paper “Epistemic vs Natural Uncertainty in Dam Safety Decision Making: Is it Fair Play?“, as part of this session.

The detailed program can be found in this link.

iPresas participates in a pilot project in India

The DAMSAFE project, “Enhancing Dam Safety and Reservoir Management in India”, is coordinated by Deltares, and co-funded by RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency).

The overarching goal of the pilot project on a reservoir dam in Karnataka is to enhance dam safety and water management in India.

It involves demonstration of innovative solutions. The time span of the project is 20 months involving a 9 months operational period of demonstration.

The ambition of the DAMSAFE partners is to use this pilot project as a starting point for a long-term cooperation to generate more business in the Indian water (reservoir) sector.

The focus is on integrating solutions from partner companies, Royal Eijkelkamp, SkyGeo and iPresas, to demonstrate their benefits and usefulness to the customers in this sector.

Project partners will join the 3rd National Dam Safety Conference to be held in Roorkee (India) in February 2017.

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Pilot dam risk analysis in Uruguay

Ignacio Escuder and Adrián Morales have participated as experts on dam risk analysis in the framework of the “Water for Uruguay” project, funded by the World Bank.

The activities were conducted within Pillar 3 with title “Development of the Regulatory Framework for Dam Safety in Uruguay”.

The World Bank provided technical assistance on dam safety, in collaboration with experts from Spain, Brasil, Argentina, Norway and United States.

In addition, a course was held in Montevideo in June 2016, with title “Dam safety: fundamentals and best practices for risk control, management and reduction”.

Course “Risk analysis applied to dam safety management”

This course organized by the Argentinian National Committee on Large Dams  will be held in Neuquén on 4-6 October 2016.
This course will be conducted in Spanish  and aims at providing basic concepts on the application of risk analysis techniques to dam safety management, presenting lessons learned from real cases in Spain and Europe.

During the course, the benefits of risk-informed dam safety governance will be exposed and discussed.

During practical sessions, the software iPresas HidSimp will be used.

This software tool allows to estimate the dam failure probability due to the overtopping failure mode following a simplified approach. The software tool iPresas HidSimp can be downloaded from this link.

For further information, you may contact secretaria@cadp.org.ar

Course “Risk analysis applied to dam safety management” – Basic Level, April-May 2016

The fourth edition of the Course “Risk analysis applied to dam safety management”, organized by the Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD), will be conducted in English.
This course will be held in Madrid (Spain) on April 26, May 3 and 10, 2016.
This course aims at providing basic concepts on the application of risk analysis techniques to dam safety management, presenting available tools for risk analysis and lessons learned from real cases in Spain and Europe.

During the course, the benefits of risk-informed dam safety governance will be exposed and discussed.

In addition, the current state-of-the-practice on dam safety management in Spain and worldwide will be presented and discussed (e.g. in Spain, up-to-date dam safety management strategies have been influenced by the publication in 2012 of the SPANCOLD Technical Guide on Dam Safety N.8. Vol.1, titled “Risk Analysis applied to Dam Safety Management”).

After three editions (2013, 2014 and 2015), the course will be first conducted in English (presential and online). This course provides a basic level education in the field of risk-informed dam safety management.

During practical sessions, the software iPresas HidSimp will be used.
This software tool allows to estimate the dam failure probability due to the overtopping failure mode following a simplified approach. The software tool iPresas HidSimp can be downloaded from this link.
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iPresas HidSimp screenshot

Attendees from past editions included researchers, consultants, contractors, owners, regulators and operators of dams, both from private and public sectors.
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1st Edition (2013), Madrid

For further information, please contact  comunicacion@spancold.es