The 2017 USSD Conference Theme is It’s a Small World: Managing Our Water Resources. The theme plays into the Conference venue in Anaheim, just blocks away from Disneyland, but more importantly, the theme points to how the world is connected to a finite amount of water resources, especially fresh water. With so many interconnected competing interests for our limited water resources, collaboration from a diverse population is a necessity — just as the “It’s a Small World” attraction at Disneyland showcases cultural diversity and international unity.
The Host for the Annual Meeting and Conference is the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams. Thank you, California!
The 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference is chaired by Dina Hunt of MWH, now a part of Stantec. Thank you for your leadership Dina and that of your whole Conference Planning Committee.
Maximizing Your Corporate Visibility at the 2017 USSD Annual Conference and Exhibition
The 2017 Annual Conference provides your company with a wide variety of ways to increase its visibility and maximize its exposure. As you move through the schedule in the next section you will see a graphic highlighting an opportunity to sponsor the event. Click on the graphic and it connects you to the USSD store where you may complete your sponsorship contribution. After your contribution is made, your corporate logo will take the place of the sponsorship graphic and you will be presented in the same space as the event sponsor.
We want you to become our exclusive Wi-Fi sponsor for this event. For 5 days your company name is the username and the password is "paidforyourwifi" Click here for 5 days of providing USSD with a dedicated Wi-Fi node with your name on it.
The entire array of sponsorship opportunities outline for the 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition is found here.
Pinnacle Sponsor - April 6-7 CDA Dam Safety Program - Worthington Waterway Barriers
Platinum Sponsor - April 4th YP Celebration
Silver Sponsor - April 4th Plenary Session Part 1 -
Silver Sponsor - April 4th Plenary Session Part 2 -
Bronze Sponsor - April 4th AM Break - Arcadis
Bronze Sponsor - April 5th PM Break - Barnard
9.00am to 4.00pm USSD Board of Directors Meeting at the Marriott
4.00pm to 7.00pm Conference Registration Desk Open at the Marriott
Monday, April 3, 2017
7.00am to 12 noon Registration Desk Open at the Marriott
7.00am to 8.45am Breakfast for Board Members and Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs
9.00am to 4.30pm Committee meetings at the Marriott
Committee Meetings are an important part of the Annual Meeting. Committee Meeting Schedule here. All Conference participants are welcome to attend these committee meetings
12 noon to 5.00pm Exhibitor Set-Up in the Anaheim Convention Center
1.00 pm to 6.00 pm Registration Desk Open at the Anaheim Convention Center
5.00pm to 6.00pm Celebrating the Best in USSD - Anaheim Convention Center
This opening session for all participants will focus on the USSD Lifetime Achievement Award. 2016 winner Kim de Rubertis will introduce the 2017 winner, followed by a presentation on his reflections regarding knowledge transfer and human factors affecting the profession. We will also introduce our new Officers and Board members; and review USSD special activities and initiatives.
6.00pm to 8.00pm Conference Kick-Off Reception on the Exhibit Floor, Anaheim Convention Center - live music
7.00am to 5.00pm Registration Desk Open at the Anaheim Convention Center
7.00am to 8.00am Continental Breakfast for Everyone - Exhibit Hall, Anaheim Convention Center
8.00am to 10.00am Plenary Session, Part One - Celebrating USSD's National Relationships
Part One of the Plenary Session Sponsored By
9.30am to 10.00am Refresh Break in the Exhibit Hall, Anaheim Convention Center
AM Break Sponsored By
Part Two of the Plenary Session Sponsored By
12.00noon to 1.15pm Lunch at the Anaheim Convention Center
Presentation of Awards and Recognitions
3.00pm to 3.30pm Refresh Break in the Exhibit Hall, Anaheim Convention Center
3.30pm to 5.30pm Six Concurrent Technical Sessions Anaheim Convention Center, continued
5.30pm to 7.30pm Poster Session and Reception - Exhibit Hall, Anaheim Convention Center
7.30pm to 10.00pm Celebrating Our Young Professionals, ticketed social event for all ages. Outside between the Marriott and Anaheim Convention Center. Food Trucks for dinner, live music. Pick up tickets from exhibitors.
Celebrating Our Young Professionals Sponsored By
6.30am to 8.00am 5k race/walk to benefit the USSD Scholarship Fund - by pre-registration only
Contribute a minimum of $250 to the USSD Scholarship Fund and your logo/name will be displayed as a USSD Scholarship Fund Supporter on the Conference website and publicity poster. Contributions to the fund can be made any time prior to the Conference.
To make a contribution to the USSD Scholarship Fund, click here. When you get to the form, at the bottom there is a multiple choice list - choose SCHOLARSHIP and your donation will go there.
7.00am to 5.00pm Conference Registration Desk Open, Anaheim Convention Center
7.30am to 8.30 am Continental Breakfast For Everyone - Exhibit Hall, Anaheim Convention Center
8.30am to 10.30am Six Concurrent Technical Sessions, Anaheim Convention Center
10.30am to 11.00am Refresh Break in the Exhibit Hall, Anaheim Convention Center
11.00am to 12.30pm Six Concurrent Technical Sessions, Anaheim Convention Center, continued
12.30pm to 1.30pm Lunch, Anaheim Convention Center
Name that Dam, slideshow prepared by Kim de Rubertis
1.30pm to 3.00pm Six Concurrent Technical Sessions at the Anaheim Convention Center, continued
3.00pm to 3.30pm Refresh Break in the Exhibit Hall, Anaheim Convention Center
PM Break Sponsored By
3.30pm to 5.30pm Six Concurrent Technical Sessions at the Anaheim Convention Center, continued
5.30 to 7.00pm USACE Town Hall Meeting
7.00pm to 9.30pm Reception and dinner with live music, at the Marriott.
7.30am to 5.00pm Registration Desk Open at the Marriott
8.00am to 12.00noon Four Workshops at the Marriott
11.30 to 1.00pm Buffet Lunch at the Marriott
1.00pm to 5.00pm Field Tour, Orange County Groundwater Recharge Program - The Thursday afternoon field tour will by organized by the Orange County Water District, and will feature its Groundwater Replenishment System. OCWD is responsible for managing the vast groundwater basin that provides most of northern and central Orange County’s drinking water. OCWD maintains one of the world’s most advanced aquifer recharge systems to replace the water that is pumped from wells belonging to local water agencies, cities, and other groundwater users. Participants will visit recharge basins near Anaheim, the Advanced Water Purification Facility at OCWD Headquarters in Fountain Valley and a seawater intrusion barrier. One motorcoach will return to the Marriott via John Wayne Airport for flights scheduled after 7 pm.
8.00am to 12.00noon CDA Dam Public Safety & Security, 2nd day, Anaheim Convention Center
8.00am to 1.30 pm Seismic Analysis of Concrete Dams, 2nd day, Anaheim Convention Center
8.00am to 5.00pm Field Tour, Perris Dam and Diamond Valley Dam
A full day tour on Friday will visit Perris Dam [above], which is undergoing a seismic retrofit. It is expected that participants will see the placement and compaction of buttress fill along with removal and/or reconstruction of a section of the dam at the right abutment. Following lunch, the tour will visit to Diamond Valley Lake [below]. Key features to be observed during the tour will be the 285-foot-high West Dam, the 2.1-milelong East Dam, and the 270-foot- high reinforced concrete inlet/outlet tower.
One motorcoach will return to the Marriott via John Wayne Airport for flights scheduled after 7 pm.
The Conference will take place in sunny Anaheim, just minutes from Disneyland and near many dining and entertainment options. Conference activities will take place in both the Anaheim Convention Center and the Anaheim Marriott Hotel adjacent to the Convention Center.
The rate at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel for USSD Conference participants is $189 single or double, plus taxes.You are encouraged to make your reservations early; the room block rate is guaranteed only through March 17, or until the room block fills. Reservations after the room block fills, or after March 17, will be at the prevailing room rate, subject to availability.
Click here for Anaheim Marriott Online Reservations or Phone: 877-622-3056
100% of our government per diem rate of $158 has sold out as of January 18, 2017. USSD has secured 250 rooms at the government per diem rate on the next block over from the Anaheim Convention Center. These are the three hotels we have for you and the reservation and contact information:
Residence Inn and Anaheim Convention Center
USSD room reservations at the Residence Inn here
Lisa Nguyen, Coordinator - Phone reservations also at 877-688-7165
5 min walk, around the corner from the Anaheim Convention Center
Springhill Suites Anaheim
USSD room reservations at the Springhill Suites here
Sandy Prather, Coordinator - Phone reservations also at 888-287-9400
Portofino Inn & Suites
USSD room reservations at the Portofino Inn & Suites here
Diana Jacobo, Coordinator - Phone reservations also at 888-297-7143
Traveling to the Anaheim Marriott and Adjacent Hotels
The other airport is Los Angeles International Airport [KLAX], which is 36 miles from the hotels. There is bus service [$19], taxi service [$70] or SuperShuttle service [$20] from the airport.
USSD Gives Back
Continuing Education Units
Colorado State University, Division of Continuing Education, will grant CEUs after successful completion of the Conference and/or a Workshop. CEU information will be available at the Conference.
Conference Guests will enjoy their stay in sunny Anaheim, just blocks from Disneyland and close to the beach. Information on walking tours and nearby activities will be provided during the Meet and Mingle event. Guests will also enjoy the following Conference activities, included in the $325 Guest Registration Fee. The Guest Registration Fee does not include attendance at conference technical sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, or the conference proceedings.
The Conference Registration Fee for the Annual Meeting and Conference includes:
The early registration fee is $895 for USSD Members and $995 for non-members (on or before February 28th – save $100!). A Young Professional Fee of $625 is available to participants age 35 and younger. The author/presenter fee is $845. We have individual workshop registration fees available for those who can’t attend the entire Conference.
Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, USSD must receive notice of cancellation by the end of business on Friday, March 25. All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee. After March 25, the registration fee is not refundable, but substitutions are acceptable.
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