Introduction to Public Safety Risk Evaluation and Treatment for Dams and Levees: Download

This webinar is designed to provide dam and levee owners, and their specialist consultants, an introduction to a comprehensive program to assess and reduce public safety risk around dams, levees and powerhouses.

In 2011 the Canadian Dam Association, an association similar in nature to the ASDSO, published “Guidelines for Public Safety Around Dams”.  Dam owners across Canada are embracing these Guidelines and are assessing and reducing public safety risk in a comprehensive and consistent manner. 

More people die in accidents around dam sites than from structural failures of these dams.  In this webinar the participants will be shown examples of the hazards posed to the public by the presence and operations of dams and levees and will be reminded of the owner’s responsibility for managing these public safety risks.  The participants will be made aware of a comprehensive methodology to identify and classify these risks, including the steps necessary to reduce them.  Examples will be provide of where public safety (and security) risks can be reduced to acceptable levels through a series of control measures.

John D. Cattanach, P.Eng.

Civil Engineer, Retired

Mr Cattanach is a Civil Engineer who retired in 2011 from BC Hydro in Vancouver Canada after a 35 year career in Dam Safety.  In the latter part of Dave’s career he specialized in Public Safety, Emergency Management and Security for BC Hydro’s generation assets.

Dave is a member of the Canadian Dam Association (CDA) Public Safety Working Group.  Dave contributed to the development of the CDA Guidelines for Public Safety Around Dams which was published in 2011.  Dave is the lead instructor for the 2 day workshops that provides training for dam owners and consultants on the practical application of these Guidelines.  These workshops have been held across Canada since the Guidelines were first published.


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