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Training Aids for Dam Safety (TADS)
Federal/State developed program designed to train individuals involved with or having responsibility for the safety of dams, including engineers, technicians, dam owners, water resource managers, public officials, and the general public. TADS modules are self-contained, self-paced text supplemented by video presentations. The modules can be used in unique ways to tailor programs to meet individual or organizational needs.

There are 21 TADS modules, arranged in 3 components:

1. Dam Safety Awareness, Organization and Implementation - 5 modules, primarily for dam owners and operators

2. Dam Safety Inspection - 10 modules, designed for engineers with little or no inspection experience, and technicians with some familiarity with dams

3. Data Review, Investigation and Analysis, and Remedial Action for Dam Safety - 6 modules, designed for dam safety program managers, dam owners and operators, and experienced engineers. The emphasis of these modules is on the when, why, and typically what investigations and analyses are conducted.

Order a DVD of the TADS series from FEMA through the link above. Download individual components through the following links:

AWARENESS 1: Dam Safety Awareness [WORKBOOK]
Emphasizes the importance of dam safety, and provides information on the major features of dams and how they function, the causes and consequences of dam failure, responsibilities and liabilities of dam owners, considerations for the safety of the public around dams, and the elements and implementation of an effective dam safety program.

AWARENESS 1a: Dam Safety Awareness [VIDEO]
Video to accompany workbook.

AWARENESS 2: How to Organize a Dam Safety Program [WORKBOOK]
Provides step by step guidance on developing a dam safety program. Presents information on the components of a dam safety program, the steps needed to establish those components, and the resources available to help establish and operate a program. 119 pp. (workbook only).

AWARENESS 3: How to Organize an Operation and Maintenance Program [WORKBOOK]
Explains the importance of maintenance to dam safety, and provides information on planning, implementing, and evaluating an operation and maintenance program. 134 pp. (workbook only)

AWARENESS 4: How to Develop and Implement an Emergency Action Plan [WORKBOOK]
Emphasizes the importance of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), defines the components of an EAP, and provides step by step guidance on developing and implementing an EAP. The module also provides guidelines for subsequently reviewing and updating an EAP. 60 pp.

AWARENESS 4a: How to Develop and Implement an Emergency Action Plan [VIDEO]
Video to accompany workbook above. RT: 10:00

AWARENESS 5: Identification of Visual Dam Safety Deficiencies [WORKBOOK]
Workbook to accompany video below. 23 pp.

AWARENESS 5a: Identification of Visual Dam Safety Deficiencies [VIDEO]
Provides owners, operators, and others who have reason to be at a dam on a regular basis with guidelines for the visual detection of some of the more common dam safety deficiencies. Video begins with example of 1963 Baldwin Hills dam failure, where many lives were saved because of a worker's observations.

INSPECTION 1: Preparing to Conduct a Dam Safety Inspection [WORKBOOK]
Describes the different types of dam safety inspections. The possible composition of the inspection teams, reviewing data, equipment needs, and inspection plans and checklists are discussed. (workbook only)

INSPECTION 2: Documenting and Reporting Findings from a Dam Safety Inspection [WORKBOOK]
Focus is on the techniques and procedures used to document an inspection, and the formats and writing of inspection reports. (workbook only)

INSPECTION 3: Inspection of Embankment Dams [WORKBOOK]
Provides guidance on how to inspect the slopes, crest, and adjacent areas of an embankment dam, and on identifying deficiencies.

INSPECTION 3a: Inspection of Embankment Dams [VIDEO]
Video in 3 segments (Slopes and Crests, RT: 5:00; Seepage, 6:00; Deficiencies, 14:30) accompanies workbook above. Total RT: 26:30.

INSPECTION 4: Inspection of Concrete and Masonry Dams [WORKBOOK]
Provides guidance on how to inspect the faces, crest, interior, and adjacent areas of concrete and masonry dams, and on identifying deficiencies. 116 pp.

INSPECTION 4a: Inspection of Concrete and Masonry Dams [VIDEO]
Videotape accompanies workbook above. RT: 23:00

INSPECTION 5: Inspection of the Foundation, Abutments, and Reservoir Rim [WORKBOOK]
Provides instruction on identifying deficiencies commonly affecting the foundation, abutments, and reservoir rim. 140 pp. (workbook only)

INSPECTION 6: Inspection of Spillways and Outlet Works [WORKBOOK]
Provides guidance on how to inspect entrance channels, intake structures, control sections, water conveyances, energy dissipation sections, and return channels, and on identifying deficiencies. 218 pp.

INSPECTION 6a: Inspection of Spillways and Outlet Works [VIDEO]
Video accompanies workbook above. Segment 1: inspection techniques and deficiencies for entrance channels, intake structures, and control sections. Segment 2: water conveyance sections: discharge channels, conduits, tunnels. Total RT: 34:00.

INSPECTION 7: Inspection and Testing of Gates, Valves, and Other Mechanical Systems [WORKBOOK]
Gives specific guidance on how to inspect common types of gates and valves, electrical and hydraulic power systems, auxiliary power systems, hoists and operators, and ancillary equipment, and on identifying deficiencies. 173 pp.

INSPECTION 7a: Inspection and Testing of Gates, Valves, and Other Mechanical Systems [VIDEO]
Video accompanies workbook above. RT: 21:00.

INSPECTION 8: Instrumentation for Embankment and Concrete Dams [WORKBOOK]
Explains the purpose of instrumentation and describes how common instruments work. Reading, recording, and interpreting data are discussed. 211 pp.

INSPECTION 8a: Instrumentation for Embankment and Concrete Dams [VIDEO]
Video accompanies workbook above. 3 segments: (1) Measuring water pressure (2) Measuring seepage (3) Measuring structural movement. RT: 27:08

INSPECTION 9: Identification of Material Deficiencies [WORKBOOK]
Describes the characteristics and causes of dam safety deficiencies that may occur in the different types of materials that comprise dams. 194 pp.

INSPECTION 9a: Identification of Material Deficiencies [VIDEO]
Video accompanies workbook above. Segment 1: deficiencies in concrete. Segment 2: Deficiencies in earth and rock, metals, and synthetic materials. RT: 22:30.

REVIEW 1: The Dam Safety Process [WORKBOOK]
Provides an overview of dam safety as a continuing process, including monitoring dams, analyzing deficiencies, and taking corrective action to remedy unsafe conditions. 84 pp. (workbook only)

REVIEW 3: Evaluation of Hydraulic Adequacy [WORKBOOK]
Provides information about which dam features are affected by hydraulic forces and presents methods of investigation and analysis of hydraulic conditions. Remedial measures for repairing damage caused by hydraulic forces discussed. 113 pp. (workbook only)

REVIEW 5: Evaluation of Embankment Dam Stability and Deformation [WORKBOOK]
Topics discussed include the purpose of evaluating the structural stability of existing embankment dams, the data that should be reviewed and evaluated relative to settlement and stability, methods that may be used to conduct settlement and stability analyses, and remedial measures for excessive settlement and potentially unstable embankment dams. (workbook only)

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