Dam safety training

Our next dam safety training course will take place on 18-19 October 2017

Dam safety training course 18-19 October 2017

Unlocking the 2015 New Zealand Dam Safety Guidelines

If you want to understand or refresh your understanding of dam safety management and how it fits with the 2015 New Zealand Dam Safety Guidelines and primary duty of care, then this course is for you.

The training course content is applicable to all dam owners, consultants, contractors, councils and regulators involved in implementing Dam Safety Management Systems (DSMS) and Dam Safety Assurance Programmes (DSAP). The content is structured around the 2015 New Zealand Dam Safety Guidelines, and recent changes to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

The course is tailored to have something for everyone, from inspectors and caretakers through to managers and executives.

Course content:

Day 1

  • New Zealand dams context – including the New Zealand Dam Safety Guidelines and Health and Safety at Work Act duty of care
  • Dams and their important features – geology, foundation, hazards
  • Embankment dams – design features and behaviour
  • Concrete dams – design features and behaviour
  • Dam hazard, risk and Potential Failure Modes – including Potential Impact Classification and learnings from incidents and failures
  • Dam Safety Management Systems (DSMSs) and Dam Safety Assurance Programmes (DSAPs) – what are they and why are they important? What do the Guidelines recommend? What does duty of care require? How and why do you document your DSMS/DSAP activities?

Day 2

  • DSMS and DSAP in practice – DSMS and DSAP details (what we should do under duty of care) – including surveillance, instrumentation, quality assurance, evaluation and reporting, intermediate and comprehensive reviews, emergency action plans, appurtenant structures, testing of gates and valves
  • Managing dam safety issues and deficiencies – including identification and categorisation of dam safety issues and investigation, assessment and resolution of dam safety deficiencies
  • Dam safety governance and support – from small dams to very large dams, the principles are scalable. Corporate governance and dam safety risk management, including Health and Safety at Work Act duties