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On-Demand Webinar: Risk Assessment Basics for an Individual Dam

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Association of State Dam Safety Officials, 2011

There is a growing recognition of the value of using risk assessment as a supplement to traditional engineering approaches to dam safety decision making. This is referred to as a risk-informed approach in which decision-making utilizes information obtained from a risk assessment along with other factors, including good engineering practice. Thus, a risk assessment is not the sole basis for a decision, but rather it provides a systematic way of identifying what is important and where uncertainties exist. Risk assessment can also be valuable for justifying the extent and type of risk reduction and the phasing of risk-reduction measures. This webinar will provide an explanation of the steps involved in performing a risk assessment for an individual dam and how the resulting insights and risk estimates can improve decision-making. Examples will be provided for evaluating an existing dam and for selecting between risk-reduction alternatives.

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Speaker(s): David S. Bowles

Revision ID: 2208
Revision Date: 08/18/2022