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Symposium on dam failures — Panel discussion

Duncan, J. M. and Londe, P. and Müller, L. and Kennard, M. and Lowe, John, III and Scott, R. F. and Lynch, Kevin and Agha, Amjad and John, K. (1987) Symposium on dam failures — Panel discussion. Engineering Geology, 24 (1-4). pp. 541-574. ISSN 0013-7952. doi:10.1016/0013-7952(87)90086-X.

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In summing up, the first thing I want to remark on is the importance of failures. We have many theories to explain how and why things happen but a theory is just a theory and a fact is a fact. When we have a failure we're faced with a very powerful fact that we have to deal with. Pierre Londe said yesterday that nature always gives us a warning of failures but we may have to listen very closely to hear the warning. When a failure occurs we'd have to be deaf not to hear the lesson. And that's the value of failures -- that each contains some lesson, possibly not a new lesson, but if it's an old lesson it is one that we haven't learned well enough.

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