Impact of Risk-Based Analysis on Hydrologic Design Practices

by T. Giorgis Goitom, Michael Baker, Jr. Inc, United States,
Anand Prakash, Michael Baker, Jr. Inc, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Infrastructure: Needs, Economics, and Financing

Abstract: This paper provides a brief review of the current hydrologic design practices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) for safety inspection of dams and the current hydrologic design practice of the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), U.S. Department of Agriculture. A hypothetical case study is presented to demonstrate the impact of risk-based analysis on the USACOE's hydrologic design practice for safety inspection of dams and SCS's current hydrologic design practice. It is shown that the hydrologic design resulting from a risk-based analysis may not always be in conformity with the current USACOE's hydrologic design practice for safety inspection of dams and SCS's current hydrologic design criteria.

Subject Headings: Hydrology | Risk management | Dam safety | Inspection | Hydrologic models | Case studies | Agriculture | Federal government | South Carolina | North America | United States

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