A recent opinion article in Water Power & Dam Construction highlighted the importance of Dam Inspections. Read the entire piece here: http://www.waterpowermagazine.com/opinion/opiniondam-inspections-why-so-important-4265954/
Some of the comments from author, Rodney W. Eisenbraun, include:
- The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) 2013 Report Card grades the overall condition and performance of US dams a lowly D - largely due to the increasing number of dams added to the high hazard potential list each year.
- Currently, the average age of the 84,000 dams in the country is 52 years old.
- Dam inspections are a vital, affordable step in awareness that could help owners avoid mishaps or prevent disaster.
- A dam safety inspection is the first step in preventative maintenance. Remember, just because you aren’t aware of a problem, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist and more importantly the lack of awareness doesn’t remove you from responsibility and the possible consequences.
Aquabotix believes in the importance of preventative inspections. About a month ago, the Aquabotix HydroView Pro was used as part of a dam inspection. Visit our You Tube page to take a look at some clips from the inspection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfAIEbW_hS0.