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Globally, there have been many dam failures which have resulted in catastrophic loss of life. The risk posed has been sharply brought into focus over the past two years, due to major incidents such as the spillway failures at Oroville Dam in the USA and the Guajataca dam in Puerto Rico.
Fortunately, few catastrophic failures have occurred in the UK in recent history. Since 1925, there has been no loss of life due to dam disasters. However, there have been many failures involving the breaching of embankments, along with numerous misses and other serious incidents.
An overview of specific hazards associated with dams will be presented, many of which are geotechnical in nature. A history of dam failures around the world and within the UK will be presented, along with case studies of a range of typical geotechnical remedial works to UK dams.
This talk will also provide a brief overview of the Reservoirs Act, that was introduced to Britain following a spate of deadly dam failures in the 1920s, along with an overview of the Reservoirs Act.
Refreshments from 5.30pm for 6pm start.
Please contact Ian Mach for further details
Associate Director at Arup
Supervising Engineering under the Reservoir Act 1975. Chairman of the British Dam Society.
Senior Engineer at Arup
Supervising Engineering under the Reservoir Act 1975.
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