What is dam safety supervision?

Dam safety supervision (shortly DSS) is monitoring and evaluation of the technical condition of the waterwork in terms of its safety, operational reliability, possible causes of failures and their consequences. It also includes designing effective corrective actions for specific events caused by wide sort of possible safety problems. DSS also helps preventing failures and possible economic damages not only on the waterwork itself, but also in the area below. The main goal is to prevent the threat to human lives and property, which could be caused by the dam break flood wave. DSS is therefore an integral part of the system for global flood protection and prevention against the dam breach that may occur during the operations of the specific waterwork. Dam safety supervision means periodic inspections, measurements and writing periodic reports with data evaluation, time series assessments and limit values check.