Statistical Analysis of Embankment Dam Failures

by Mohammed A. Samad, McLaughlin Water Engineers Ltd, Denver, CO, USA,
Daniel W. Bare, II, McLaughlin Water Engineers Ltd, Denver, CO, USA,
William C. Taggart, McLaughlin Water Engineers Ltd, Denver, CO, USA,
John M. Pflaum, McLaughlin Water Engineers Ltd, Denver, CO, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: Data on embankment dam failures in the State of Colorado were analyzed. The analyses included 1,900 dams and covered a time period from 1799 to 1985. The three basic categories of data analyses were: relationship of failure with time; embankment height; and cause of failure. Certain facts and trends in embankment dam failures were identified as a result of these analyses.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Dam failures | Embankment dams | Data collection | Data processing | Data analysis | North America | Colorado | United States

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