Considering the 2017 Oroville Dam Spillway incident, it’s clear that dam owners are tackling many complex challenges. The past year was replete with lessons learned, and along the way SAGE has been dedicated to the exploration and implementation of long-term solutions that advance the state of dam and levee safety practices. Northern California’s premier dam safety experts Dr. Faiz Makdisi, PE, D.GE, and Marc Ryan, PE, GE, along with Drew Kennedy, PG, CEG, and Darren Mack, PE, GE, are headed to the 2018 USSD Annual Conference in Miami, Florida, and look forward to advancing the conversation on dam safety.
During the fourth quarter of 2017, the team took part in 19 spillway inspections (including 8 Part 12D safety inspections), prepared 6 comprehensive focused spillway assessment reports, and 13 spillway inspection reports. They facilitated 18 spillway-focused PFMA workshops, including preparing summary reports for each workshop, and were advisors for 3 additional spillway-focused PFMA workshops. In the words of one Deputy Chief Dam Safety Engineer, “With much appreciation and gratitude, we thank you for this incredible team effort and collaboration on the Spillway Assessment Reports.”