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Basic Principles of Inspection of Concrete and Masonry Dams

D. Allen Hughes, PE

This course introduces the basic principles of concrete and masonry dam inspection. It is estimated that there are about 80,000 dams in the US, many of which are reaching the end of their expected useful lives. With the inventory of aging dams, maintenance and inspection become more critical. At the same time, the useful life of many newer dams may be extended by regular maintenance of deficiencies which are discovered during routine inspections.

The content of this course is a workbook titled “Inspection of Concrete and Masonry Dams” published by FEMA and a video intended to supplement the workbook. Engineers, dam owners, dam safety officials and maintenance contractors will gain an understanding from this course of the areas to be inspected on concrete and masonry dams according to FEMA recommended practices. Additionally, this course could be useful as a guide for training to conduct an inspection on a concrete or masonry dam.

If you are new to dam safety inspection, the material presented in this course will provide important background information. The discussion of the inspection process is designed to provide the inspector with guidance for conducting a comprehensive inspection of a dam embankment.

If you have experience with concrete and masonry dams, this course will provide a brief refresher on key terminology used in FEMA dam inspections. Since terminology can differ from agency to agency, you may find it helpful to review this section to become familiar with how terms will be used in this module.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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