An Introduction to Inspecting Dams for Owners and Operators Webinar

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Course Valid for North Carolina Engineers Only

NOTE : Due to the Corona virus limiting access to live events, the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (The Board) has announced that prerecorded video courses and webinars will be treated as live events at least through December 31, 2020.  A quiz is not required for live events, which now includes this course. You can read the board’s statement at the end of this outline and on The Board’s site at the following link: has confirmed with The Board that previously recorded educational videos are considered by The Board to be equivalent to previously recorded webinars. Therefore, under this Update, quizzes are not required for pre-recorded educational videos for NC engineers and surveyors.

This version of this course satisfies requirements only for NC registered engineers and surveyors. This version should only be used for other states if self-study courses are accepted.

COURSE DESCRIPTION – Introduction to Inspecting Dams – A Webinar for Dam Owners

This course is a low-tech summary of problems that can be recognized by dam owners and operators, who are often the first to see problems. It can be a useful tool for engineers and other professionals to distribute to owners and operators. This program will cover the basics of what dam owners and operators need to know about dams and the information needed to perform routine inspections on embankment dams, the most common type of dam, and all other pertinent structures such as spillways and drains. In addition, it classifies dams based on the risk to life and property associated with dam failure, so that dam owners and operators can create effective risk management plans.

It is acknowledged in this course that no two dams are exactly alike, so instead of providing specific instructions on how to manage a dam, common inspection procedures are augmented with general recommendations and specific examples of dam flaws or failures which show which types of flaws are dangerous and must be remedied.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end which is intended to provide 2 hours of professional development.


  • Routine Inspections
  • Regular Inspections
  • Engineering Inspections
  • Dam Inspection Action Items
  • Dam Monitoring
  • Dam Repair
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Dam Statistics
  • Dam Features and Terminology
  • Dam Types
  • Spillway Types
  • Outlet Structures
  • Instrumentation

The video below is the content for this course. Please review the video and then confirm your understanding with the 1-question final quiz. Once the course has been purchased and the content viewing is complete, you will receive your course completion certificate for 2 hours of professional development. 

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