ASCE releases manual on dam performance monitoring

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released a new manual of practice on Monitoring Dam Performance: Instrumentation and Measurement.

Dam performance monitoring is a balance of visual surveillance and instrumental measurements that when combined accurately show how well a dam is performing. Visual surveillance is augmented by measuring geotechnical, structural, hydraulic and geohydraulic indicators.  The new manual presents these fundamentals, along with the current state-of-practice of instrumented measurements.

Manual of Practice 135 examines the following topic areas:

  • Recognizing vulnerabilities;
  • Identifying performance indicators;
  • Understanding means and methods of performance measurement indicators;
  • Planning and implementing a monitoring program;
  • Managing data; and
  • Making action-based decisions when required.

This publication provides information for dam owners, engineers, regulators and the global dam community.

The manual is available for purchase at the ASCE Bookstore.

Earlier this year, ASCE released a manual on Concrete Foundations for Turbine Generators.

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