FERC Observations from the Initial Round of Comprehensive Assessments and Risk Pilot Studies

Includes a Live Web Event on 03/06/2024 at 10:00 AM (MST)

In April 2022, the new 18 CFR 12 requirements were implemented by FERC.  The biggest change in the requirements was a change in the Part 12D inspection program.  The Independent Consultant (IC) Inspections were changed to two types of inspections.  One is called the Periodic Inspection (PI), which is a reduced scope from the previous Part 12D IC Inspections.  The other type is called the Comprehensive Assessment (CA), which is a more involved process, which requires an Independent Consultant Team to perform the Assessment, and also adds a semi-quantitative risk analysis feature, called the Level 2 Risk Analysis (L2RA).  This presentation will provide some initial observations and lessons learned from the first year of CAs.

Additionally, in 2016, FERC began allowing Licensees to perform Dam Safety Risk Studies under a pilot program using the Draft Risk Guidelines developed by the agency.  This presentation will cover some observations and lessons learned from the studies performed to date.

David Capka, P.E.


Division of Dam Safety and Inspections, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

David Capka is the Director of the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections (D2SI) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects.

David has been with the Commission since 2006, when he began as a Senior Civil Engineer in the Headquarters Branch. He was selected for the Senior Executive Service in March 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, David worked as a Geotechnical Engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District.

David has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland.


03/06/2024 at 10:00 AM (MST)  |  120 minutes
03/06/2024 at 10:00 AM (MST)  |  120 minutes