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.

iPresas HidSimp screenshot

Attendees from past editions included researchers, consultants, contractors, owners, regulators and operators of dams, both from private and public sectors.

1st Edition (2013), Madrid

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