The CDA 2017 Conference is offering informative professional development workshops on specific topics, providing delegates with important opportunities to improve their understanding, develop skills and discuss with peers and experts in their field.

List of Pre-Conference Workshops

Professional development workshops will be held Oct. 13 and 14, prior to the conference.

Workshop A: Tailings Dam Breach Inundation Analysis
Workshop B: Dam Safety Reviews 
Workshop C: Drained vs. Undrained Stability Analyses for Mining Dams
Workshop D: Workshop for Small Dam Owners & Owners of Small Dams
Workshop E: APEGBC Site Characterization of Dams
Workshop F: Emergency Management & Response

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Workshop A – Tailings Dam Breach Assessment: Update on the Draft Guidance (½ day)

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:30 am to 12 pm

CDA's Tailings Dam Breach Working Group (WG) under the direction of CDA Mining Dam Committee (MDC) organized workshops on tailings dam breach analyses in 2014 and 2015. These workshops captured the current state of practice in this field, and presented alternate and advanced analyses methods that are either used in practice or are in the development stage. These workshops highlighted how improved dam breach analyses enhance current dam safety practices, and identified issues or gaps to advance the current state of practice. One of the main gaps acknowledged by the WG was a lack of guidance documents that would allow the dam owners and dam professionals carry out effective and adequate dam breach assessment for their tailings dams.

Following the 2015 Workshop, the Dam Breach WG undertook to develop a Technical Bulletin that would provide content specific to conducting tailings dam breach assessments. The WG started its work on the Bulletin in mid-2016 and has compiled a draft version to be presented at the 2017 CDA Conference.

This forum is intended to update the tailings dam professionals, owners and regulators on the WG’s progress and present the draft Technical Bulletin, which will include an overview of the Table of Contents, tailings dam breach assessment flow chart, and discussion of the key technical steps.

The workshop will be led by several WG members. Participants will be encouraged to share their views and comments on the draft Bulletin.  The WG will incorporate input from the participants prior to finalizing and publishing the Technical Bulletin.

Workshop B – Dam Safety Reviews (1 day)

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This Dam Safety Review workshop will present the concepts and process developed in the recently completed technical bulletin on dam safety reviews. A case study will be introduced and attendees will work through how to scope a dam safety review, how to work through the hazard-failure mode-control aspect of the safety analysis, and how to present the findings of a dam safety review.

The workshop is aimed at dam owners, consultants and regulators who want to know what the Canadian Dam Association considers to be good practice for dam safety reviews.

Note: The CDA Technical Bulletin on Dam Safety Reviews is not required but is recommended. Please bring your copy with you. If you do not have a copy but wish to purchase one, you can do so from "Shop CDA " on this website; a limited supply will be available for purchase on-site.

This workshop will be presented by members of the Dam Safety Reviews Working Group of the Dam Safety Committee.

Registration Fee for Workshop B (1 day):   $380 plus GST

Workshop D – Dam Safety for Small Dam Owners (1 Day)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop is intended to advance the skills and knowledge base of small dam owners.  An introduction to dam owner responsibilities and best practices for a dam safety management system will be outlined.  Focus of the workshop will be dedicated to the introduction of dam safety practices and concepts that will reduce the risk of a failure.

This workshop is not intended for the experienced dam engineer.
  • Risks posed by dams

  • Dam Owner responsibilities

  • Introduction to a Dam Safety Management System

  • Understanding potential hazards and failure modes

  • Planning for a new dam or modifying or rehabilitating an existing dam

  • Advanced Operations, Maintenance and Surveillance (OMS) practices

Registration Fee for Workshop B (1 day): $380 plus GST


Registration for these workshops will be available via the Conference registration system, see the Registration button. 

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