Course Curriculum

The course content has been designed for fresh and practicing engineers who are involved with the dam operations, surveillance and safety assurance works and dam portfolio managers responsible for setting up dam safety programmes.

Section 1

This section will expose the participants to the following areas:

  • Overview of dam safety aspects¬†
  • Legislative provisions of Dam safety- Existing and Future
  • Overview of Basic design philosophy of dam, defence measures and features provided for safety
  • Preparing and maintaining documentation for dam and network for safety assessment
    • Concrete and masonry dams and canal network components
    • Earth and rockfill dams and canal embankments
    • Pipelines and control structures
  • Overview of Basic design philosophy for conveyance networks and associated structures- Canals and pipelines
  • Overview of Flood risks and handling them in real time, effect of flood operations on the safety and upkeep of dams and networks
  • Overview of Seismic risks and protocols for assessment of safety and performance worthiness
  • Instrumentation and structural behaviour analysis
  • Durability of Concrete Structures
  • Behaviour and performance observation programme
  • Specialised materials and techniques for repairs and rehabilitation- introduction
  • Preparing and carrying out on-site inspection of a concrete/ masonry and earth/rockfill dams
  • Hydromechanical Equipment and Dam Safety
  • Evaluation of different types of energy dissipating arrangements, and remedial measures
  • Under water inspection techniques
  • Use of hand-held Mobiles, GPS and remote sensing techniques for network status assessments and mapping
  • Efficiency measurement of conveyance network
  • Network status assessment using mobile technologies
  • Assessment of emergency preparedness and disaster management under normal and extreme conditions, information communication, processing and decision protocols, Standard Operating Procedures
  • Dam Safety Instrumentation monitoring in Dams and allied Structures
  • Rock Mechanics Investigations for Dams and reservoir Slope Stability Problems
  • Geomembranes for seepage control in dams
  • Latest format being used for writing Inspection reports for dams in India

Section 2

This section will expose participants to the latest investigation techniques in the following areas:

  • Geotechnical investigations of existing dams
  • Non Destructive Testing and Diagnostics for Distressed Structures
  • Geophysical Techniques for
    • Leak path detection
    • Internal Erosion
    • Identification of zone of water accumulation
    • Cavity/ sinkhole
    • Concrete/ masonry degradation (weak zones)
    • Residual density determination
    • Stilling basin inspection
  • Use of Temperature and strain sensing for dams
  • Latest Developments including Optical Fibre Sensors
  • Geophysical Investigation techniques
    • Seismic/ Sonic Tomography
    • Electrical Resistivity Imaging/ Tomography
    • Multi-Channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW)
    • Seismic Refraction Tomography
    • Streaming Potential
    • Ground Penetrating Radar