CDA Short Courses2019-01-11T16:34:40+00:00

CDA Short Courses

The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) is offering optional short courses on the weekend before the ICOLD event. The training material is based on CDA guidance publications which are applied in Canada and internationally. These classroom sessions are eligible for professional development credits as required in many jurisdictions.

Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9
08:30-17:00
$695/person, includes breaks, lunch and a copy of CDA’s Guidelines for Public Safety Around Dams

A two-day course, Dams and Public Safety, provides training on public safety risk assessment based on the methodologies presented in the Canadian Dam Association’s Guidelines for Public Safety Around Dams, 2011.

The course will benefit managers and operators of dam facilities involved in risk management assessments or decisions related to public safety.

This practical and hands-on course gives realistic case studies and tools suitable for immediate application to assessment of public safety risks at a facility. The instructors have received special training in the CDA methodologies and materials, and they are experienced in applying the methods. Classes are limited in size to maximize participation, and case studies are addressed in small working groups.

Guidelines

Published by the Canadian Dam Association (CDA) in 2011, Guidelines for Public Safety Around Dams addresses the risks of accidents or incidents in which a member of the public encounters a hazard created by a dam.

The guidelines address hazards from large and high dams as well as low-head and small diversion dams, suggesting how the dam owner can reduce risks. The guidelines provide a unique structured approach to public safety risk assessment, by which a dam owner can demonstrate due diligence.

The guidelines do not address the risks associated with operations other than the actual functioning of the dam; for example electrical risks in a hydroelectric facility.

Guidelines for Public Safety Around Dams covers the following topics:

  • Managed system approach
  • Discussion of the public safety hazards associated with dams
  • Step-by-step risk assessment methodology and templates
  • Description of typical risk treatment or control measures

In addition, specific guidance in the following areas is included:

  • Signage for Public Safety Around Dams, including templates
  • Booms and Buoys for Public Safety Around Dams
  • Audible and Visual Signals for Public Safety Around Dams

One print copy of the Guidelines (including technical bulletins) is included with each registration in the Public Safety Around Dams course. Additional copies of the Guidelines can be purchased from the Canadian Dam Association website, www.cda.ca. It is available in English and French, in print or electronic (PDF) editions.

Sunday, June 9
$395/person, includes breaks and lunch

This one-day course outlines a process to assist dam owners in preparing emergency preparedness and response plans, in order to serve the basic needs of the owner, community first responders, and those who regulate dam safety.

Tools and examples of good practices are presented for preparing and maintaining Dam Emergency Plans and inundation maps, and determining activation levels for emergency response. The course is interactive with small group discussions and exercises that use a case study to illustrate key points.

The course is based on the Canadian Dam Association’s Technical Bulletin: Emergency Management for Dam Safety, included in the registration fee, which provides guidance for  risk assessment, maintenance of readiness, response and recovery. In addition, the course provides an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the dam owner and stakeholders, focusing on the importance of community engagement and the ways to promote community resilience.

Dam owners and operators, and the consultants who provide services to the owners, will find this course particularly valuable. Regulators and professionals in communities that are potentially affected by a dam emergency will be interested in learning how they can work together with dam owners to enhance community resilience.

The course will be offered in English only.

Technical Bulletin: Emergency Management for Dam Safety

Dam safety management addresses the risks associated with dams, including release of fluids that may result from structural failure, mis-operation, planned operation, or any other cause. CDA’s Dam Safety Guidelines include emergency management as a fundamental part of a dam safety program. The newly released Technical Bulletin: Emergency Management for Dam Safety provides guidance to supplement the Guidelines.

The Bulletin assists dam owners in the preparation of emergency preparedness and response plans, to serve the basic needs of the owner, community first responders, and those who regulate dam safety.

The Bulletin outlines strategies to enhance the understanding of hazards posed by a dam, as well as options available to reduce the risk exposure and vulnerability of stakeholders, thereby building community resilience. It is intended to address aspects of emergency management that go beyond simply planning and response:  prevention, mitigation and recovery. Engaging communities leads to more advanced, and often more effective, means to manage residual risks posed by dams and their operation.

One print copy of the Technical Bulletin is included with each registration in the Emergency Management for Dam Safety course. Beginning in early 2019, additional copies of the Technical Bulletin can be purchased from the Canadian Dam Association website, www.cda.ca. It is available in English and French, in print or electronic (PDF) editions.

Sunday, June 9
$395/person, includes breaks and lunch

The Canadian Dam Association is offering a one-day course on dam safety for mining dams. This covers the topics in the CDA Technical Bulletin on Application of Dam Safety Guidelines to Mining Dams, 2014 as well as additional guidance on tailings dam inundation analysis, environmental consequence classification, slope stability, mine waste structures, dam safety reviews, and the role of Engineer of Record in a dam safety management system.

There will be an opportunity for participants to share updates on other international guidance for mining dam safety. The course will be taught by highly qualified engineers with direct experience with mining dams, both in Canada and internationally. A print copy of the CDA Technical Bulletin on Application of Dam Safety Guidelines to Mining Dams, 2014 (bilingual, English and French) is included in the registration fee.

Dam Safety Guidelines and Technical Bulletin

The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) has issued several guidance documents related to dam safety, with the following three key documents directly relevant to mining dams:

  • Dam Safety Guidelines, published by CDA in 2007 and revised in 2013, provides guidance on processes and criteria for dam safety management at dams of all sizes and types, including mining dams. The document has become an important reference for dam safety in Canada and internationally. The guidelines present principles that are applicable to all dams, that should be understood by dam owners, regulators, managers, operators and other interested parties. The document outlines how conformance with the principles can be demonstrated, and discusses the processes and criteria for managing dam safety. It is available in English and French.
  • Technical Bulletin: Application of Dam Safety Guidelines to Mining Dams, published by CDA in 2014, provides additional explanation of how the concepts described in the Dam Safety Guidelines (CDA, 2013) apply to mining dams. The bulletin identifies specific issues that should be considered during the design and safety evaluation of both tailings dams and water retention dams used in the mining industry. It is available in English and French, and is being translated into Portuguese.
  • Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews, published in 2016, that describes the process for conducting a dam safety review that is applicable to mining dams as well as water-retaining dams.  It is available in English, French and Spanish.

One print copy of the Technical Bulletin on Application of Dam Safety Guidelines to Mining Dams, 2014 is included with each registration in the Dam Safety for Mining Dams course. Additional copies of the Technical Bulletin and all CDA publications can be purchased from the Canadian Dam Association website, www.cda.ca. They are available in print and PDF format, in English and French. The Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews is also available in Spanish.

Sunday, June 9 –  Workshop will be offered in  both English and French
$395/person, includes breaks and lunch

This one-day course on Dam Safety Review provides an overview of the process presented in the Canadian Dam Association’s Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews (CDA 2016). Participants will gain an understanding of the roles and expectations of the Dam Owner and the Review Engineer, as well as the context of the Dam Safety Review within a dam safety program or management system. The course is designed for dam owners, consultants and regulators who want to gain a better understanding of good practice as described in the CDA DSR Technical Bulletin.

The course outlines the steps that should be carried out by a Dam Owner in preparation for a Dam Safety Review, the activities undertaken by the Review Engineer during the process, and the need for follow-up by the Owner after the report has been delivered.

During the workshop, participants will use a fictional case study in group exercises to demonstrate:

a) The level of effort required to scope a Dam Safety Review
b) Type of information required to assess the safety of a dam
c) A framework for considering hazards and failure modes
d) The need for Dam Safety Review findings to support decision-making.

The course is led by qualified CDA instructors. Printed course material is provided for attendees to use during the workshop and keep for future reference, including tools and examples.

Technical Bulletin

The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) published its Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews in 2016, to bring together knowledge from over 20 years of practice since the term “Dam Safety Review” (DSR) was introduced in Dam Safety Guidelines first published by the Canadian Dam Safety Association in 1995. The concept of periodic and systematic review is now widely accepted as an important part of dam safety programs in Canada and elsewhere in the world. This Bulletin is a result of extensive work and consultation by a CDA working group, and it is intended to supplement the guidance that was included in the CDA Dam Safety Guidelines.

The Bulletin covers DSR preparation, execution and follow-up.

Section 2, Preparation by Dam Owner, outlines how to initiate a review, what information must be gathered, how to define objectives and scope, and how to retain a review engineer.

Section 3, Work by Dam Safety Review Engineer, provides information for the engineers who are conducting the work and for dam owners who want to understand the process. Topics such as consequence classification, criteria for assessment, hazards and failure modes, risk controls, conducting site visits and inspections, and evaluating performance based on surveillance, are discussed. This Bulletin is not, however, a handbook for dam safety analysis and assessment; rather it focuses on the process for a DSR.

Section 4, Follow-Up Action by Dam Owner, covers the review and communication of findings so dam owners can proceed to investigation, analysis and assessment of improvement options, and make decisions related to dam safety.

One print copy of the Guidelines (including technical bulletins) is included with each registration in the Dam Safety Reviews course. Additional copies of the Technical Bulletin can be purchased from the Canadian Dam Association website, www.cda.ca. It is available for purchase in print and PDF format, in English, French and Spanish.