Abstracts of the presentations given on Wednesday, 25 July 2007, in Session 17 of the UCOWR Conference.


All technological systems, dams included, exist within that broader world and today, in many countries, society expects that it will dictate to the technological community the safety and other goals that should be met by technological systems, rather than the opposite, as has often been the case in the past. Risk assessment provides an opportunity to manage dam safety using a framework of risk evaluation that is common to other types of hazardous facilities. Therefore this paper contains presentation of risk evaluation from a general perspective with comments on its applicability to dam safety.