Building on the success of our past hydro industry conference held in March 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, CEATI International's 2014 event will focus on the operational reliability and risk management of power production assets as well as critical dam safety equipment (remote controls, SCADA, and other reservoir controls), dams and appurtenant structures. The program will also feature case studies of risk informed decision making processes, issues, and state-of-practice, as well as examples of lessons learned, gaps in knowledge, potentially unclear definitions, and required training.
Supported by over 60 hydro utilities from around the world, CEATI's Hydraulic Plant Life and Dam Safety Interest Groups will combine forces once again to develop the hydro industry's premier utility and dam owner focused gathering.
Recognizing that the cumulative effects from series of events can threaten worker and public safety as well as power production assets and capabilities, preventative assessments and defensive measures must include a systems approach (consideration of internal and external factors that can contribute to failure). Managing the risk of owning and operating hydropower projects requires the best available knowledge to improve reliability, recognize potential failure modes and understand the associated risks and consequences, which are often misunderstood or not comprehended by the ultimate decision makers. It is imperative that dam and hydro plant owners, regulators and consulting engineers develop, maintain, and advance their expertise and knowledge in these important areas. In addition, properly communicating with stakeholders and developing the associated tools/strategies have never been more important, especially as project civil structures, plant, and equipment age, and expertise is affected by retirements in the work force.
The retirement of experienced personnel leaves today's hydropower professionals with fewer opportunities to gain experience. As such, it is important that the combined knowledge of the hydropower community be maintained, shared, and developed in a coordinated manner in order to minimize risks to the public and maintain hydropower assets for continued efficient and safe operation.