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The Risk Management Center (RMC) performs services relating to Dam Safety, Levee Safety, and the Modeling, Mapping, and Consequence Center (MMCC).

 

Inside RMC

MMCC

Modeling, Mapping, and Consequence Center (MMCC)

One of the primary functions of the RMC is to support inundation mapping and consequence assessments Corps-wide for a variety of applications.  The MMCC is a virtual organization currently managed from the Vicksburg District and serves a wide group of interests across the Corps.  Most of those interests include a dam safety and levee safety component, so the RMC is intimately involved in the activities of the MMCC.  The Director of the RMC chairs the MMCC steering committee, which guides the means, methods, products, and schedules of the MMCC.

 

Dam Safety

The RMC has leadership or oversight to interpret dam safety policies, supporting Headquarters activities, managing dams in the USACE inventory, managing dam-related data, advising districts regarding routine dam safety activities, developing tools and methods to evaluate risks, leading dam safety training activities, participating in Periodic Assessments, leading Issue Evaluation Studies, participating in Dam Safety Modification Studies, and managing independent peer review for dam-related studies.

Policy

The RMC leads efforts initiated by USACE Headquarters (HQUSACE) to review, evaluate, and modify policies related to dams and dam safety.  The center supports HQUSACE policy reviews as requested by Civil Works.

 

HQ Support

Special requests occasionally are made by HQUSACE to review dam-related reports, requests for information, and other types of miscellaneous work to support HQUSACE.  The center supports these activities either internally or using MSC and District resources.

  • The RMC reviews Interim Risk Reduction Measure Plans (IRRMPs) for HQ and provides comments and recommendations.
  • The RMC reviews Project Management Plans (PMP) and makes recommendations to HQ.
  • The RMC reviews Issue Evaluation Studies submitted for approval and makes recommendations to HQ.
  • The RMC reviews Dam Safety Modification Studies submitted for approval and makes recommendations to HQ.

Program Management

The RMC leads Corps activities to manage the portfolio of structures with the goal of reducing risks in the most efficient manner possible in accordance with Chapter 6 of ER-1110-2-1156.  To do this, the RMC leads efforts to evaluate structures where risks are potentially unacceptable and manage the portfolio from a national perspective.  The RMC, in consultation with the Senior Oversight Group and HQUSACE, manages resource queues for Periodic Assessments, Issue Evaluations, and Dam Safety Modification Studies, and approved projects awaiting design and construction funds. This RMC also develops and maintains a 5-, 10-, and 30-year plan to reduce risks across the USACE portfolio of dams.

Data Management

The RMC leads activities to centrally manage dam safety-related electronic data for dams in USACE.  RMC stores and organizes data related to Dam Safety Project Management Tool, RADS (Risk Assessment for Dam Safety) II, DAM Risk Analysis Engine (DAMRAE), and National Inventory of Dams.  The RMC is responsible to ensure adequate communication between the various dam-safety related data sets in USACE.  The National Inventory of Dams is functionally part of the RMC, and is funded by HQ through the RMC.  The RMC also leads efforts to unify real-time seismic monitoring systems for Corps facilities in seismically active areas.

Routine Dam Safety Activities

The RMC manages and evaluates data related to ER-1110-2-1156, Appendix J: Dam Safety Project Management Tools.  The RMC supports HQUSACE efforts to improve Dam Safety Scorecard results for individual districts.

Tools and Methods

The RMC leads the development of risk-related tools and risk methodology for USACE.  The center develops these tools and methods internally and with district, MSC, and external support.

The RMC also leads efforts to coordinate technical competency and technology development for scientific and engineering analyses of dams and levees.

Training

The RMC leads and coordinates risk-related training for USACE staff.  The RMC works with USACE CoP leads to develop new training courses and encourages participation by members of the respective CoPs.  Training sessions are primarily led by RMC staff, but are supplemented by District, MSC, and external subject matter experts.

Interim Risk Reduction Measures

The RMC reviews and makes recommendations to HQ concerning concurrence with Interim Risk Reduction Measure Plans.

Periodic Assessments

The RMC manages resources to support risk assessments completed as part of Periodic Assessments.  The RMC also performs QA/QC on PA risk-related products and manages Agency Technical Review and other reviews to ensure consistency.

Issue Evaluation Studies

The RMC:

  • Leads teams that evaluate risks as part of Issue Evaluation Studies.
  • Provides facilitators and subject matter experts to support Issue Evaluation activities.
  • Manages resources, primarily composed of regional or district cadres, to support Issue Evaluation activities.
  • Performs QA/QC on Issue Evaluation Study risk-related products and manages Agency Technical Review (ATR) and other reviews to ensure consistency.

Dam Safety Modification Studies

The RMC:

  • Leads teams that evaluate risks as part of Dam Safety Modification Studies (DSMS).
  • Provides facilitators and subject matter experts to support Dam Safety Modification activities.
  • Manages resources, primarily composed of regional or district cadres, to support Dam Safety Modification activities.
  • Manages quality assurance and control activities related to DSMS studies including Agency Technical Review and Independent External Peer Review Type I/II.
  • The RMC periodically evaluates accomplishment and construction activities for dam safety modifications.

Dam Safety Modifications

For dams that are being modified, the RMC ensures:

  • Risks are being reduced in a manner consistent with the DSMS and final design documents.
  • Adequate quality assurance and control practices are being used and construction work is adequately documented.
  • Adequate communication exists between the RMC, district designers, and district construction forces.

Independent Peer Review

The RMC performs quality assurance and control on dam and levee products and manages Agency Technical Review, Independent External Peer Review Type I/II, and other reviews to ensure consistency and adherence to policy.

Levee Safety

The RMC has leadership or oversight to interpret levee safety policies, supporting HQ activities, managing dams in the USACE inventory, managing levee-related data, advising districts regarding routine levee safety activities, developing tools and methods to evaluate risks, leading levee safety training activities, participating in levee screening activities, leading Issue Evaluation Studies, participating in Levee Safety Modification Studies, and managing independent peer review for dam-related studies.

Policy

The RMC leads efforts initiated by HQUSACE to review, evaluate, and modify policies related to levees and levee safety.  The center supports HQUSACE policy reviews as requested by Civil Works.

HQ Support

Special requests occasionally are made by HQUSACE to review levee-related reports, requests for information, and other types of miscellaneous work to support HQUSACE.  The center supports these activities either internally or using MSC and District resources.

Program Management

The RMC leads Corps activities to manage the portfolio of structures with the goal of reducing risks in the most efficient manner possible in accordance with levee safety policy.  To do this, the RMC leads efforts to evaluate structures where risks are potentially unacceptable and manage the portfolio from a national perspective.  The RMC, in consultation with the Senior Oversight Group and HQUSACE, manages resource queues for Issue Evaluations and Levee Safety Modification Studies, and approved projects awaiting design and construction funds. This RMC also develops and maintains a 5-, 10-, and 30-year plan to reduce risks across the USACE portfolio of levees.

Data Management

The RMC leads activities to centrally manage levee safety-related electronic data for dams in USACE.  RMC stores and organizes data related to Levee Screening Tool and National Levee Database.  The RMC is responsible to ensure adequate communication between the various levee-safety related data sets in USACE.

Tools and Methods

The RMC leads the development of risk-related tools and risk methodology for USACE.  The center develops these tools and methods internally and with district, MSC, and external support.

Training

The RMC leads and coordinates risk-related training for USACE staff.  The RMC works with USACE CoP leads to develop new training courses and encourages participation by members of the respective CoPs.  Training sessions are primarily led by RMC staff, but are supplemented by District, MSC, and external subject matter experts.

Vegetation Variances

The RMC is responsible to approve or reject proposed vegetation variances for levees and levee systems.  The RMC supports these activities either internally or using MSC and District resources.  The RMC also performs quality assurance and control on vegetation variances and manages reviews to ensure consistency.  The RMC works with the respective CoP leads to staff and manage Agency Technical Review and other reviews.

Issue Evaluation Studies

For Issue Evaluations, the RMC:

  • Leads teams that evaluate risks as part of Issue Evaluation Studies.
  • Provides facilitators and subject matter experts to support Issue Evaluation activities.
  • Manages resources, primarily composed of regional or district cadres, to support Issue Evaluation activities.
  • Performs quality assurance and control on Issue Evaluation Study risk-related products and manages Agency Technical Review and other reviews to ensure consistency. The RMC works with the respective CoP leads to staff and manage Agency Technical Review and other reviews.

Levee Safety Modification Studies

The RMC:

  • Leads teams that evaluate risks as part of Levee Safety Modification Studies (LSMS).
  • Provides facilitators and subject matter experts to support Levee Safety Modification activities.
  • Manages resources, primarily composed of regional or district cadres, to support Levee Safety Modification activities.
  • Manages quality assurance and control activities related to LSMS studies including Agency Technical Review and Independent External Peer Review Type I/II.

Levee Safety Modifications

For levees that are being modified, the RMC ensures:

  • Risks are being reduced in a manner consistent with the LSMS and final design documents.
  • Adequate quality assurance and control communication exists between the RMC, district designers, and district construction forces.

Independent Peer Review

The RMC serves as the Review Management Organization for Agency Technical Review, Independent External Peer Review Type I, and Independent External Peer Review Type II, and coordinates its activities with the Planning Center of Expertise. It performs quality assurance and control on dam and levee products and manages Agency Technical Review, Independent External Peer Review Type I/II, and other reviews to ensure consistency and adherence to policy.