Potential Failure Mode Analysis - A Dam Case Study

Oct 14, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Location: Online*

Date: Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Time: Presentation: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cost: Free

RSVP: Please use our Online Registration process to register by Tuesday, October 12th, 2021.


This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the Engineers Nova Scotia CPD program.


Conducting a Potential Failure Mode Analysis (PFMA) on a Significant hazard project as part of a dam safety program. Presenter will provide an overview of what is involved in PFMAs, how a PFMA process was applied to the project, will share lessons learned from completing the PFMA, and will discuss how to use Potential Failure Modes and identified mitigating measures to enhance dam safety surveillance and monitoring programs to optimize operational and maintenance budgets at hydroelectric facilities.


Presenter:  Chris Vella, P.Eng., Dam Safety Discipline Lead at Kleinschmidt Associates

Chris Vella, P.Eng. has 20 years of experience in the hydroelectric industry. Chris specializes in dam safety inspections and hydroelectric design projects including new power stations, new concrete gravity dams, rehabilitation of hydroelectric sites, and fish passage designs. Mr. Vella is recognized by the FERC as an approved Independent Consultant, meeting the requirements of the Commission’s Section 12.31(a) for conducting dam safety inspections on high hazard dams in the United States.

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