Morning session:

Engineering geological models for dam engineering projects

This is a masterclass on engineering geological models and how they are applied to solving engineering problems in dam studies. It is delivered in seminar style with each topic presented as a talk followed by a short Q&A session to discuss the concepts and issues raised.
  • Introduction Seminar objectives, why engineering geological models are important in dam engineering.
  • What is an Engineering Geological Model (EGM)? Concepts and principles of models, conceptual and observational models, differentiating geological/engineering geological/geotechnical models.
  • Model building process Components of a model, assessment of the model, constraining the model in space, visualisation of the model, common mistakes to be avoided.
  • Case studies Examples of several EGMs in various geological settings for different dam engineering applications.
  • Application of Engineering Geological Models in different types of dam studies Characterizing dam foundations on rock and soil, assessing existing dams for raises & safety upgrades, investigating new dam projects, reporting of EGMs for dam projects, role of EGMs in potential failure mode analysis and risk assessment, typical time and budget considerations for EGMs.
  • Seminar presenters The seminar will be led by Mark Eggers from PSM. Mark will be assisted in the seminar by Ian Shipway from EDG Consulting and Fred Baynes. Mark, Fred and Ian are all Senior Principal Engineering Geologists who have substantial experience in dams with particular expertise in the application of Engineering Geological Models.

Afternoon session:

Concrete Dams

Navigating complexity in concrete dam foundations, material technology, and sharing thoughts on recent technologies
This masterclass explores the assessment and design of concrete dams on complex foundations using data-driven solutions and builds on topics from the morning session. The masterclass also explores the evolution of concrete dam mix designs, from conventional mixes through to recent technologies, as well as risks associated with concrete dam design.
Speakers to be announced shortly