The purpose of the organisation is to encourage advances in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of dams and the associated treatment facilities through the exchange of information between members.
Safege sits on many of the organisation's working groups, one of which issued recommendations in 2005 for the stability analysis of gravity dams. Safege is also involved in the working group formed in 2007 to develop recommendations on the stability analysis of embankment dams and levees. The Eurocode-style recommendations will provide a framework facilitating the harmonisation of French practices.
Safege participates in the ERINOH dam stability research programme, together with other major players in the dam sector. Soil erosion is the main cause of failure of hydraulic structures, and France, with thousands of dams, whether for flood control, navigation, flow management or irrigation purposes, is no stranger to the devastating consequences of such failures as seen in the 2002/2003 floods that struck the south of the country.
Against this background, the aim of the ERINOH project, implemented under the aegis of the civil engineering research institutions IREX and RGC&U and the French national research agency, the ANR, is to analyse resistance to internal erosion in dams and dykes, both :
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