Safety of Dams

Regarding the experience in Emergency Actions Plans, RHA has carried out the Plans for the reservoirs of the Capivari-Cachoeira Plant (HPP GPS – Governador Parigot de Souza Hydroelectric Power Plant) for Paraná State Energy Company (Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL) and HPP Dona Francisca for the State Company of Electric Power of Rio Grande do Sul – CEEE, through the Institute of Technology for Development (LACTEC).

RHA is currently developing the Emergency Action Plans for the Hydroelectric Power Plants and Dams from the São Francisco Hydroelectric Company (Companhia Hidro Elétrica do São Francisco – CHESF), which includes the HPP Sobradinho, HPP Luiz Gonzaga, HPP Apolônio Sales, HPPs Paulo Afonso I, II, III and IV, HPP Xingó, HPP Boa Esperança, SHP Pedra and SHP Funil.

RHA is also providing earth-surface imagery, Digital Elevation Models (DEM) and hydrodynamic simulations to compose inundation maps for a range of Hydroelectric Power Plants from the Paraná State Energy Company (Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL) – HPP Guaricana, SHP Vossoroca-Chaminé-Salto do Meio, HPP Governador Parigot de Souza, SHP Marumbi, SHP Melissa, SHP Chopim and SHP Derivação do Rio Jordão.

Recently, RHA started developing the Emergency Action Plans for the Environmental Sanitation Company of the Federal District (Companhia de Saneamento Ambiental do Distrito Federal – CAESB), encompassing the water supply reservoirs of Descoberto, Santa Maria, Torto and Pipiripau.

In the field of Dam Inspection, Monitoring and Instrumentation, RHA is performing the flux analysis, geotechnical instrumentation, monitoring and inspection of five SPAT’s Dams. RHA is also developing the Emergency Action Plan these dams. SPAT is a very important system with 5 dams located north of Sao Paulo, the biggest city of Brazil.

Image: HPP Xingó Emergency Action Plan – Self-rescue Zone demonstration. Source: RHA Engineering.