The objective of the Dam Safety research programme is to improve the technical basis required to ensure the safety of dams. In the forefront of research is the stability of dams(i.e. concrete dams, embankment dams or river weirs). The research programme also looks into the stability of foundations, abutments and mountainsides in the vicinity of reservoirs and into the adjacent safety-relevant facilities (such as spillways and outlets).
Current research priorities
The SFOE is the federal supervisory authority for the safety of dams in Switzerland. In order to fulfil this task, it requires a technical basis, which it acquires by means of research contracts. The research projects are prepared in collaboration between the SFOE and the contractors.
Last modification 14.09.2021