Dam Incident Investigations: Determining best practices for investigations that can improve future performance of dams

Project ID: 21030
Principal Investigator: Richard Eastland
Research Topic: Condition Assessment
Funded Fiscal Years: 2021 and 2022
Keywords: None

Research Question

The purpose of this project is to complete a literature review to determine what other industries are doing and how we can learn from them and from recent dam failure and incident investigations such as Oroville Dam and Spencer Dam. This knowledge can be used by Reclamation management to craft policy that more clearly outlines investigation triggers, and how we can better leverage lessons learned from incidents/near misses to improve dam performance in the future.

Need and Benefit

Dam failure investigations, such as occurred after the Teton Dam failure or Oroville Dam incident have led to some of the most important advancements in the industry both in terms of policy and practices.

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Research Products

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Last Updated: 6/22/20