Monday, November 18
Duration: One Day
Rm 1300/person, includes breaks and lunch


This one-day course on Dam Safety Review provides an overview of the process presented in the Canadian Dam Association’s Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews (CDA 2016). Participants will gain an understanding of the roles and expectations of the Dam Owner and the Review Engineer, as well as the context of the Dam Safety Review within a dam safety program or management system. The course is designed for dam owners, consultants and regulators who want to gain a better understanding of good practice as described in the CDA DSR Technical Bulletin.

The course outlines the steps that should be carried out by a Dam Owner in preparation for a Dam Safety Review, the activities undertaken by the Review Engineer during the process, and the need for follow-up by the Owner after the report has been delivered. The course is applicable to both mining dams and water-retention dams.

During the workshop, participants will use a fictional case study in group exercises to demonstrate:

a) The level of effort required to scope a Dam Safety Review
b) Type of information required to assess the safety of a dam
c) A framework for considering hazards and failure modes
d) The need for Dam Safety Review findings to support decision-making.

The course is led by qualified CDA instructors. Printed course material is provided for attendees to use during the workshop and keep for future reference, including tools and examples.

Friday, November 22
Duration: One day
RM 1300/person, includes breaks and lunch


This one-day course outlines a process to assist dam owners in preparing emergency preparedness and response plans, in order to serve the basic needs of the owner, community first responders, and those who regulate dam safety.

Tools and examples of good practices are presented for preparing and maintaining Dam Emergency Plans and inundation maps, and determining activation levels for emergency response. The course is interactive with small group discussions and exercises that use a case study to illustrate key points.

The course is based on the Canadian Dam Association’s Technical Bulletin: Emergency Management for Dam Safety, included in the registration fee, which provides guidance for  risk assessment, maintenance of readiness, response and recovery. In addition, the course provides an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the dam owner and stakeholders, focusing on the importance of community engagement and the ways to promote community resilience.

Dam owners and operators, and the consultants who provide services to the owners, will find this course particularly valuable. Regulators and professionals in communities that are potentially affected by a dam emergency will be interested in learning how they can work together with dam owners to enhance community resilience.

The course will be offered in English only.