• 08 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 AM (CDT)
    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • Chicago, Illinois -- Hilton Chicago Hotel

    Second City – Second Chances: Stories of Rehabilitation, Modification, and Revitalization

    April 8-11 -- Chicago Hilton

    Local Host:
    Federal Energy Regulatory

    Dams and levees continue to provide essential public benefits including flood control, water supply, renewable energy, recreation, navigation, and habitat and environmental enhancement.  The need to maintain and improve our aging infrastructure has been well publicized, making it important to also share the great success stories of restoration and upgrades for dams and levees.

    The “Second City” of Chicago is the site for the 2019 USSD Annual Conference.  The conference theme echoes Chicago’s history of rebuilding and modernization to adapt to changing public needs.  Rehabilitation, modification, and revitalization of dams and levees give new life to these existing structures through increased public safety and new or enhanced benefits. Papers and presentations addressing the conference theme and other technical topics remind ourselves and the greater community of the value of, and need for, dams and levees in society.

    Technical Committee Meetings

    Interested in or curious about our technical committees? Then plan on arriving Monday to attend the Legacy Lecture Series and then attend any committee meeting of interest Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Technical committee meetings are open to any conference attendee and are a great opportunity to meet the committee chairs and other committee members. View committee meeting schedule

    Legacy Lecture Series

    On Monday, April 8th, Dr. Donald Bruce, President of Geosystems, L.P. will be the  speaker for this continuing series designed to provide an opportunity for esteemed professionals to discuss projects, people, thoughts, and paradigm shifts that led to their advancements. View description of Legacy Lecture here


    Several workshops developed by the USSD Technical Committees are scheduled for Thursday, April 11th and are included with your full conference registration 

    Field Tours

    The $3.6-billion Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) Project in Chicago is a mega project, one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in terms of scope, cost and time frame.

    There will be two 1/2-day options  on April 11th at an additional cost of $50.

    View tour details here.

    Conference Closing Party

    The conference closing party will take  place at The Crystal Gardens, an indoor 1-acre botanical garden at historic Navy Pier. Event ticket is included with all full conference and guest registration fees.

    Exhibitor Booths Available                                                           

    The Exhibit Hall promises to be a hub of excitement and activity in 2019.  Almost 50% of booths were pre-sold in Miami, so don't miss out on your chance to be part of the action!

    Already have your booth in Chicago? Download the Freeman Exhibitor Kit

    Booths sell out every year; don't miss out on yours! Purchase here

    Download the Exhibitor and Sponsorship Prospectus

    Conference Sponsorships Available

    Expand your marketing efforts and increase your ROI by supporting USSD through an exclusive sponsorship. Join companies like HDR and Phillips & Jordan!



    Download the Exhibitor and Sponsorship Prospectus for detailed information.

    5k FUNds Run

    Run, walk, or be a virtual runner and sleep in. The 5th Annual 5k FUNds Run will take place in Grant Park on Wednesday, April 10th. Net proceeds benefit the USSD Scholarship Program. Registration is separate from the conference registration and will open on Nov. 14th. Race registration is $40 until March 27th; $50 after March 27th. Register and pay for the 5k FUNds Run separately.  Register here

    Become a Partner in Education Donor and support the USSD Scholarship Program!  For $350, donors will get their logo on the 5k Race poster that will be displayed on the conference website, on the event mobile app, and at the conference. Partner in Education Donors also receive one free race registration. 

    Hotel Information and Registration

    The conference hotel is the Hilton Chicago with an additional room block at the nearby Congress Plaza Hotel.  Room blocks are filling up quickly, so don't delay. Information on both hotels here.

    Information for Confirmed Authors/Presenters

    Click here for important deadlines for authors and presenters

    Cancellation Policy

    Conference attendee cancellations must be received by email in order to receive full refund (less cancellation fee) prior to March 15, 2019. No refunds after March 15th, however substitutions are permitted. Cancellations between January 1-March 14, 2019 without substitution are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

    For More Information:

    Conference Planning Chair: Rachael Bisnett,  

    USSD Executive Director Sharon Powers:

    USSD general or conference information:  Tonia Bengtson, Member Services Coordinator:; 303-792-8753

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • Hilton Chicago

    5th Annual USSD 

    5K FUNds Run/Walk


    Wednesday, April 10, 2019


    Hilton Chicago

    Take a break from your  conference technical sessions and enjoy a run or walk in beautiful Grant Park, across from the Hilton Chicago.  Morning exercise not your thing?  Sleep in by signing up as a virtual runner.

    $40.00 registration per runner/walker/virtual participant
    $50 after March 27

    FUNds Run/Walk registration made and paid for separately from the conference registration.

    Become a Partner in Education Donor

    Your donation of $350 will help fund tomorrow's dam and levee professional. As a Partner in Education, you will get your logo on the 5k FUNds Run poster displayed on the conference website, the event mobile app, and at the conference. You will also receive one race registration for you or someone in your company! Free runner's registration will be set up separately. Contact for more information.

    Proceeds from race fees and Partner in Education donations benefit the USSD Scholarship Program


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