SC090001 - Risk Assessment for Reservoirs

Theme:Modelling and Risk
Project status:Completed
Start date:03/04/2009
End date:30/06/2013
  • HR Wallingford


Reservoir safety management is a process of managing the risk of an uncontrolled release of the contents of a reservoir. A consortium of experts led by HR Wallingford worked with the Environment Agency to produce this comprehensive guide to risk assessment for reservoir safety management. The risk assessment is based on a three tier approach; Tier 1 is qualitative while Tiers 2 and 3 are quantitative. The guide is an update to the Interim Guide to Quantitative Risk Assessment for UK Reservoirs which was published in 2004 by the Institution for Civil Engineers (ICE) to provide a tool for the management of reservoir safety.

This new guide is intended to provide practical advice and guidance on the use and application of risk analysis, assessment and management for UK reservoirs. The qualitative assessment method used in Tier 1 could be applied by anyone familiar with the concepts of risk assessment. However, the main users of the quantitative approaches applied in Tiers 2 and 3 are intended to be reservoir owners/undertakers, consulting engineers, inspecting engineers and supervising engineers.