Human Factors in the Edenville Dam Failure






Join us on October 11, from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern for Human Factors in the Edenville Dam Failure. On May 19, 2020, Edenville Dam, located in central Michigan, suddenly failed when its lake reached a historically high level, despite the dam not overtopping.  When Edenville Dam failed, the resulting breach flow resulted in overtopping failure of the downstream Sanford Dam, and necessitated evacuation of about 11,000 people.  While the resulting property damage was estimated to be in excess of $200 million, the evacuation was successful in preventing serious injuries and loss of life.  This webinar will serve as a “Part 2” continuation of a prior ASDSO webinar, “Findings of the Independent Forensic Investigation of the Failures of Edenville and Sanford Dams, Michigan,” which presented an overview of the findings by the five-person Independent Forensic Team.  This webinar will expand on the discussion of human factors contributing to these dam failures, beginning with the design and construction of the projects and continuing through the decision-making during the emergency response.

Five Learning Objectives of This Webinar:

  • Understanding the challenges of investigating human factors contributing to dam failures.
  • Understanding the judgments and decision-making during the project history which contributed to the failures.
  • Understanding the role of “luck” in the dam failures.
  • Understanding the causation of the dam failures from a “game theory” perspective.
  • Understanding what went right (and not so right) during the emergency decision-making and response.

View the full agenda!

Registration Fees: Register Online Now!

  • Member Rate: $99
  • Non-Member Rate: $130 - Join ASDSO before registering and save!

This course qualifies for 2 PDHs.

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William Devers (Norwich University), Recipient of Prestigious Undergraduate Scholarship