Submitted to: Workshop Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2002
Publication Date: 5/17/2002
Citation: HANSON, G.J. REPORT ON WORKSHOP ON ISSUES, RESOLUTIONS, AND RESEARCH NEEDS RELATED TO EMBANKMENT DAM FAILURE ANALYSIS. 2002. CD-ROM. PROCEEDINGS OF 1ST IMPACT WORKSHOP, HR WALLINGFORD, UK. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: This paper summarizes the purpose, methodology, and outcomes of the June 2001 USDA/FEMA Workshop on Issues, Resolutions, and Research Needs Related to Embankment Dam Failure Analysis. The purpose of this workshop was to determine state of the practice, identify short-term and long-term research needs, and to recommend an approach for addressing these needs. Experts presented and discussed the 1) impacts of dam failure, 2) tools available for prediction of dam failure, 3) case histories, 4) present assessment criteria, 5) current research on dam failure, and 6) research needs related to dam failure. Approximately 35 participants attended representing state, federal, and private entities from all areas of the country as well as around the world. As a result of the presentations and discussions the workshop participants identified 14 leading research needs including; developing forensic guidelines, developing breach parameter selection guidelines, conducting basic physical model research, developing a better historic data set, and developing better computer-based predictive models. The 14 research needs were prioritized by the workshop participants based on a qualitative determination of the cost to address, the value of, and the probability of success.