Risky Waters

by Marion H. Hart, Asst. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 4, Pg. 68-71

Document Type: Feature article


Risk assessment is a tool engineers use to clarify the impact and issues associated with various choices and perspectives. Because problems and projects related to water have such a significant impact on human life and the ecosystem, risk based design and decision making is a natural for clarifying how the resource should be managed and allocated. Responsible for the operation and management of 250 U.S. locks and dams, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed a methodology for assessing the risk of critical component failure. This method, which can be used for evaluating the rehabilitation need for a lock and dam system, is also appropriate for many different public works.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Locks (dam) | Water management | United States Army Corps of Engineers | Project management | Aquatic habitats | Water resources | Human factors

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