Case Study: Temporary Construction Emergency Action Plan (TCEAP)


The client needed to develop a temporary construction emergency action plan (TCEAP) for a large, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), regulated dam. While most dams that pose a hazard have emergency action plans, a TCEAP is required only for major construction projects on large dams. Project construction was scheduled to start in four months. The completed TCEAP was a prerequisite to starting the project .


The client required a technical analysis of TCEAP regulatory requirements, an understanding of dam engineering and construction, and detailed knowledge of dam emergency preparedness processes.  The TCEAP must be sufficiently detailed and accurate to meet FERC guidelines and provide directions to onsite construction management and contractor staff.


Navigating Preparedness Associates conducted research to fully understand the regulatory processes involved in developing the TCEAP. We reviewed the project bid specifications to assess the potential hazards associated with the entire construction process. Finally, we analyzed the potential risks associated with the hazards and developed potential mitigation actions to minimize them.

NPA staff worked closely with the construction project design team and the client to create a detailed, actionable TCEAP. We included citations in the bid specifications that included process to implement, train on and exercise the TCEAP. Finally, we designed and delivered a tabletop exercise to validate the TCEAP and conducted training on the TCEAP for construction management and contractor staff.


FERC reviewed and approved the TCEAP. The project was started in a timely matter and is progressing according to schedule. Construction management and contractor staff conduct quarterly training on TCEAP safety measures.

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