• Dam Breach Inundation Analysis Using HEC-RAS and GIS: Two Case Studies in British Columbia, Canada

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    Conference Paper, Water Resources
Dam Breach Inundation Analysis Using HEC-RAS and GIS: Two Case Studies in British Columbia, Canada
Canadian Dam Association 2015 AGM and Conference

Hypothetical dam breach scenarios of the Pinaus Lake Dam near Vernon, BC and Cold Spring Creek Dam in Fairmont, BC were analyzed using the HEC-RAS software in conjunction with a Geographic Information System (GIS). The overall objective was to estimate the dam-break outflow hydrograph, route the dam-break hydrograph through the downstream valley and floodplain, and estimate the inundation levels, resulting damages to downstream communities and structures, and potential loss of life in order to classify the dams.

The dam breach simulations were challenging due to available topographic data resolution, accuracy of extreme flood estimates, channel slope, and the attenuation caused by water bodies downstream of the subject dams. This paper discusses some of the commonly used techniques, assumptions and important lessons learned during the modelling exercise. Several dam breach simulation results will be also presented in this paper.

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Presentation (application/pdf, 2.826Mb)
Paper (application/pdf, 0.55Mb)