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ROUTINE INSTRUMENTED AND VISUAL MONITORING OF DAMS BASED ON POTENTIAL FAILURE MODES ANALYSIS (2013)
Potential Failure Modes Analysis (PFMA) and similar processes have become a fundamental part of dam safety program efforts for many organizations in the United States and around the world. In the PFMA process, the credible threats to the safety of a dam (the potential failure modes) are identified considering all loading conditions, so that appropriate responses can be formulated to address those threats. Responses could involve dam modification, further investigation/analysis of the matter, restrictions in reservoir operation, and/or improved emergency action planning, but in many instances the response is simply development and implementation of a dam safety monitoring and surveillance program aimed at specifically addressing the threats identified during the PFMA effort.
U. S. Society on Dams, ISBN 978-1-884575-59-4
United States Society on Dams