Embankment Dam Safety

by Ray E. Martin, Schnabel Engineering Associates, Ashland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geotechnical Practice in Dam Rehabilitation


Procedures for identification and evaluation of conditions which can lead to catastrophic dam failure through either piping or deep seated instability of the downstream surface are presented. The role of the consulting engineer and dam safety official in making decisions about dam safety are discussed. The case is made for careful and thorough consideration of the circumstances involved in dam safety inspection observations so that the owner is not required to fund unnecessary work. Case histories are presented to illustrate typical decisions made during dam safety inspection programs.

Subject Headings: Dam failures | Embankment dams | Dam safety | Consulting services | Case studies | Forensic engineering | Disasters | Piping erosion

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