Dam Safety and Structural Assessments

Dam Safety and Structural Assessments

A dam is a part of a dynamic system, with various forces continuously acting upon it, such as ice, flooding, earthquakes, erosion, animal burrowing, woody root penetration, and sediment accumulation. Downstream developments can affect the hazard class of a dam, upstream developments can change the way the watershed behaves during runoff events, and science and technology evolve to modify best practices and regulatory criteria over time.

The release of water stored by a dam in an uncontrolled manner represents a potential danger to downstream lives, property and the environment. As such, all states require the dam owner to develop and implement a dam safety program. Most states require an owner’s dam safety program that is appropriate to the dam’s hazard classification. Those for Class C (High Hazard) or Class B (Intermediate Hazard) dams consist of periodic safety inspections and structural engineering assessments, along with an Inspection and Maintenance Plan (I&M Plan) and an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

Kleinschmidt has been providing structural assessments and dam safety inspections for nearly five decades and provides services that include:

•  Dam Inspections (FERC and State)
•  Potential Failure Mode Analysis
•  Dam Safety Plans
•  Flood Studies
•  Dam Breach Analyses
•  Emergency Action Plans
•  Flow Modeling
•  Engineering and Design
•  Rehabilitation
•  Hydraulic Analyses
•  Hydrological Analyses
•  Operations and Maintenance
•  Construction Services
•  Gate Inspection and Analyses
•  Dam Repairs
•  Stability Remediation



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