EU-Forschungsprojekt DAMSE - European Program for critical infrastructure protection

  • Zechner, Simone, (Co-Investigator (CoI))
  • Jöbstl, Cornelia, (Co-Investigator (CoI))
  • Zenz, Gerald (Principal Investigator (PI))

Project: Research project

Project Details


Dams are a vital and a critical part of Europes infrastructure, providing extraordinary benefits to society, such as:
renewable hydroelectric power; drinking water; flood protection; irrigation and recreation, but also represent a public
safety issue, as dam failures can result in severe loss of life, economic disaster and extensive environmental
The project is aimed at the development and the validation of a methodology for the security assessment of dams
against threats such as: terrorist attacks, sabotage and malevolent intrusions. In particular, the objectives of the
project will be the following:
1. to develop a threat assessment procedure for the determination of the likelihood of malevolent adversary
attacks/sabotages/intrusions to a critical asset;
2. to develop a procedure for the consequence assessment in case adversary attacks/sabotages/intrusions would
succeed in compromising the ability of the dam to accomplish its mission;
3. to develop a systematic procedure for determining the effectiveness of the security protection system to prevent
an attack against an operational component of the dam;
4. to develop a risk assessment procedure to support managers to evaluate the level of risk associated with the
threat, consequences, and protective system effectiveness and identify the needs in terms of security upgrades
or consequence mitigation for risk reduction;
5. to validate and to demonstrate the above procedures on a set of dams, identified following a preliminary
screening among the dam portfolio provided by partners.
The above objectives will be pursued through the beneficial cross-interactions among qualified end-users (dam
owners/authorities) and developers (dam engineering specialists), joined in a trans-national team representing
important European situations, respectively from Italy, Spain and Austria.
The project review and results evaluation will be granted by an expert panel composed of qualified international and
European experts in dam engineering and risk analysis.
A suitable confidential policy will be adopted to prevent intentional and malevolent access and disclosure of sensitive
data and safety related information.
Effective start/end date1/09/081/09/15