May 29, 2023

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Dam Safety Review Workshop – OWA/CDA

This one-day workshop will cover concepts and processes developed in the CDA’s Technical

Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews.

Participants will develop an understanding of the following:
  1. Dam Safety Review process as described in the CDA technical bulletin
  2. Roles and expectations of the dam owner and review engineer
  3. How a safety statement can be made and supported

Attendees will work through exercises to better understand how to scope a Dam Safety Review and learn what information is required to;

Printed course material is provided for attendees to use during the workshop and keep for future reference. Please note course materials do not include the Technical Bulletin. Tools and samples are also included. Exercises are completed in small groups, allowing for significant discussion and peer learning among workshop participants. The workshop is aimed at dam owners, consultants and regulators who want to gain a better understanding of good practice as described in the CDA’s Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews.

Workshop Objectives

The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. Understand the expectations of a dam safety review consistent with guidance issued by the Canadian Dam Association including:
    1. Provide an understanding of the Dam Safety Review process as outlined in CDA’s Technical Bulletin on Dam Safety Reviews
    2. Provide an understanding of the roles and expectations of the Dam Owner and Review Engineer in a Dam Safety Review
    3. Provide an understanding of how a safety statement can be made and supported
  2. Provide a networking opportunity for dam professionals.

Exercises will be carried out to demonstrate a) the information required to assess the safety of a dam; b) a framework for considering hazards, failure modes, and controls; and c) the need for Dam Safety Review findings that support decision-making.

Workshop Agenda

8:00 – 8:45

Overview of Dam Safety Management

8:45 – 9:00

Introduction to the DSR Bulletin

9:00 – 9:15

Short Break

9:15 – 9:45

Preparation by Dam Owner – Section 2

  • 2.1 Initiate Dam Safety Review
  • 2.2 Gather Information
  • 2.3 Define Objectives and Scope
  • 2.4 Retain Review Engineer

9:45 – 10:30

Breakout 1 – Scoping Exercise (in groups)

10:30 – 10:45

Short Break

10:45 – 11:45

Work by Dam Safety Review Engineer – Section 3

  • 3.1 Confirm Scope and Contract
  • 3.2 Review Information & Identify Gaps
  • 3.3 Understand Consequence
  • 3.4 Establish Safety Criteria
  • 3.5 Understand Physical Dam System
  • 3.6 Understand Dam Safety Management System
  • 3.7 Conduct Site Visit and Inspections
  • 3.8 Interview Staff
  • 3.9 Check Documentation and Records
  • 3.10 Confirm Functioning of Critical Equipment
  • 3.11 Evaluate Performance Based on Surveillance

11:45 – 12:30


12:30 – 13:15

Work by Dam Safety Review Engineer – Section 3

  • 3.12 Analyze Dam Safety

13:15 – 14:00

Breakout 2 – Analysis Exercise (in groups)

14:00 – 14:15

Afternoon Break / Refreshments

14:15 – 14:45

Work by Dam Safety Review Engineer – Section 3

  • 3.13 Identify Findings and Assess Safety of Dam System
  • 3.14 Recommend Actions and Priorities
  • 3.15 Prepare Dam Safety Review Report

14:45 – 15:30

Breakout 3 – Findings Exercise (in groups)

15:30 – 15:45

Follow-up Action by Dam Owner

  • 4.1 Review and Communicate Findings
  • Revisit Dam Safety Management System
  • 4.2 Investigate, Analyze and Assess Options
  • 4.3 Make Decisions and Implement Improvements

15:45 – 16:00



End of DSR Workshop


Workshop Registration

Maximum Attendance: 40
Members of CDA or OWA Fee:  $450
Non-members: $520.00

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Richard Donnelly, MASc. P. Eng
Global Principal Consultant, Dams and Waterpower, Hatch

Richard is Hatch's Global Principal Consultant for Dams and Waterpower. He has a post-graduate degree in geotechnical/civil engineering and over 42 years of experience in all aspects of the design and construction of hydroelectric facilities, dams, underground structures and rock/overburden excavations. Two of the embankment dam designs Richard was involved were each awarded one of Canada's highest honors for consulting engineering. Richard has worked in 15 countries around the world, leading design studies and serving as Construction Manager for the implementation of varied heavy civil projects. He is also a recognized leader in the field of dam safety and risk informed decision making. He has carried out more than 300 dam safety and due diligence assessments for individual dams and entire hydroelectric facilities and has assisted a number of international organizations in the development of dam safety guidelines and regulations. Richard has received six national consulting engineering awards for his work on dam safety and two awards for innovation from the Ontario Waterpower Association. In 2013, Richard was awarded the Professional Engineer's of Ontario's medal for excellence in engineering. In 2018, he received the RR Dodokin Award from the Ontario Waterpower Association for his contributions to dam safety in Ontario. Richard has published over 100 technical papers and has received several awards for these articles.


biopicAllan Kirkham
Technical Coordinator, Canadian Dam Association

Allan Kirkham is retired from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) where he was the Manager - Hydrotechnical Studies.  He has over 34 years of specialized experience in hydraulic engineering of which over 25 years has been directly related to dam safety studies, including hazard classification, watershed modelling, hydraulic routing, inundation mapping, dam safety reviews and emergency planning and response.  From 2002 to 2015, he managed a team of engineers and technicians performing dam safety studies and hydrometric investigations.  He has contributed to or lead dam safety assessments and periodic review studies for more than 75 OPG sites.  He has also contributed to the development and refinement of dam safety standards and guidelines for both OPG and the Canadian Dam Association.

Mr. Kirkham has been a member of the Canadian Dam Association (CDA) for over 25 years, including three terms on the Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the Peter Halliday award from CDA for volunteer contributions to the organization in the areas of conference organization and as editor of the CDA quarterly magazine “CDA Bulletin”.  He has also been recently made a Life Member of the Association.

His extensive experience in all aspects of Dam Safety Reviews, including owner’s requirements, technical analyses, decision-making and implementation, allows him to provide a unique perspective on the dam safety review process.