Education and Training

One of the key pillars in the B.C. provincial Dam Safety Program is Education and Awareness. The program focuses on running workshops throughout the province on an annual basis. The program also develops and publishes various resources and documentation for dam owners, operators, and the general public.

Workshops

The B.C. Dam Safety Program organizes and facilitates various training sessions independently and through partnering organizations. These workshops are consistently updated to match best practices in dam safety and education.  The provincial program currently runs two workshops.

Inspection and Maintenance

The Inspection and Maintenance workshop provides a general overview regarding safety topics in the world of dam safety. Participants who complete this workshop will have a better understanding of what deficiencies may be present in dams, how to spot them, and how they occur or relate to one another.

Dam Management

The Dam management workshop covers all aspects of management and guidance for the safe operation of dams in B.C. These aspects are based on the dam owners obligation to remain in compliance with Dam Safety Regulation (B.C. Reg. 40/2016). Participants will gain a better understanding of provincial expectations and requirements of dam owners, and learn about key documentation associated with the regulations.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Both workshops are run annually through organizational partnerships including the BC Water and Waste Association, Water Supply Association, and Ministry of Agriculture. Workshops held by BCWWA and WSA may be eligible for EOCP credits, and have a cost associated with the course. Times and locations of these sessions vary annually depending on request and regional coverage. Individuals can request a training session in their area by contacting the program. A minimum of 8 participants may be required to hold a training session.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person workshops are cancelled effective immediately. For more information and details on upcoming training sessions, contact our program.

Webinars

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dam Safety Section has partnered with Interior Dams to create webinars for dam owners across the province. These webinars cover core concepts and fundamental knowledge for all dam owners and stakeholders in B.C. The links to the webinar recordings are below.

Webinar 1: Surveillance and Inspection

Webinar 2: Operations, Maintenance and Repair

Webinar 3: Emergency Planning & Response