Dam Safety Guidelines,published by CDA in 2007 and revised in 2013, has become an important reference document for dam safety in Canada and internationally. Available in both English and French, the Guidelines consist of principles that are applicable to all dams, and an outline of processes and criteria for management of dam safety in accordance with the principles.
The responsible dam engineer or decision-maker must assess and interpret the information provided in Dam Safety Guidelines, identify any considerations not addressed by those documents, take into account advances in understanding, and determine the appropriate dam safety requirements for a specific situation.
The CDA Dam Safety Committee is responsible for stewardship of the Dam Safety Guidelines. In October 2013, a revision to Sections 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 was released. The revision clarifies CDA's endorsement of the use of a risk-informed approach to dam safety decisions.
The Dam Safety Guidelines 2007 (Revised 2013) is available for purchase in print or PDF formats at SHOP CDA
The revised Sections 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 are available as a 10-page insert for CDA members to download from the Dam Safety Committee Update page.
A PDF of page 60, correcting a printing error, is available for CDA members to download from the Dam Safety Committee Update page; or request it by e-mail by clicking here
In 2007, CDA published a set of technical bulletins to supplement Dam Safety Guidelines. The technical bulletins suggest methodologies and procedures for use by qualified professionals as they carry out dam analyses and safety assessments. The 2007 bulletins are currently available as a package from SHOP CDA, but future revisions and new bulletins will be published and sold as individual documents.
The new Technical Bulletin: Application of Dam Safety Guidelines to Mining Dams, complements the Dam Safety Guidelines re-published by CDA in 2013 by providing additional explanation of how the concepts described in the guidelines apply to mining dams. The Bulletin identifies some 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.
Application of Dam Safety Guidelines to Mining Dams is available in hard copy only, in both official languages, from SHOP CDA . Bulk purchases are available by contacting the CDA office, email@example.com.
The Canadian Dam Association has released its latest publication of technical information for owners, managers and consultants in the Canadian and international dam community.
The new Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews brings together knowledge from the 20 years of practice since the term “Dam Safety Review” was introduced in Dam Safety Guidelines published by the Canadian Dam Safety Association in 1995. The concept of periodic and systematic review has become accepted as an important part of dam safety programs in Canada and elsewhere.
The Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews is available in print and PDF formats, in English, French and Spanish, from SHOP CDA. Bulk purchases are available by contacting the CDA office, firstname.lastname@example.org.