Workshops

    • 04 Oct 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 11 Nov 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • Online

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    2021 Fall Workshop Series

    Due to the increasing COVID situation, workshops are transitioning to a virtual format. 

     Professional Development Hours (PDHs) available.

    Leveraging PFMA to Perform SQRA - Mon thru Fri, Oct. 4-8, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm MDT Eligible for 20 PDHs

    Probabilistic Flood Hazard Analysis - Tues thru Wed, Oct. 26-27, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm MDT, Eligible for 8 PDHs

    Performance Based Earthquake Engineering and Fragility of Dams - November 16-17, time TBD  Eligible for 4 PDHs

    Role of Instrumentation in a Dam Safety Program - Mon thru Thurs, Nov. 8-11, Eligible for 16 PDHs

    Reviewing HEC-RAS 2-D Models: Pretty Colorful Animations are Not Always Accurate - Wed, Nov. 3, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm MST, Eligible for 4 PDHs

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      Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org  at least 2 weeks prior to start of workshop webinar, in order to receive a refund. Substitutions are accepted up until the day before workshop webinar.
    • 26 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • Online


    2021 Fall Workshop Series

    Probabilistic Flood Hazard Analysis - Tues thru Wed, Oct. 26-27, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm MDT, Eligible for 8 PDHs

    Risk analysis for dams and levees requires a probabilistic flood hazard analysis (PFHA) to estimate the magnitude and frequency for a range of floods. The resulting flood hazard curve is summarized by plots and tables of peak stage (or flow, volume, depth, duration) versus annual exceedance probability. PFHA requires a different knowledge base and skill set compared to the traditional approach of using a single design flood estimate, such as the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF). The workshop provides an overview of methods and tools used to develop a flood hazard curve for use in a dam or levee risk analysis. The theory and fundamentals behind stochastic event flood models and Monte Carlo simulation are presented. A modeling framework and required inputs are provided for flow based PFHA models. The workshop emphasizes flow based methods. Precipitation based applications using NOAA Atlas 14 will also be presented. Example applications, exercises, and case histories provide students with some hands-on experience.

    The target audience includes civil engineers and hydrologists who have education, knowledge, and experience in flood hydrology fundamentals such as performing flood frequency analysis following the Federal Guidelines and performing reservoir routings using standard methods and tools. The typical student should have a minimum of 2-5 years experience in flood hydrology. Students may have limited experience in risk analysis, but a basic understanding of risk analysis concepts is recommended.

    Eligible for 8 PDHs

    https://training.ussdams.org/p/PFHA

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      Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org  at least 2 weeks prior to start of workshop webinar, in order to receive a refund. Substitutions are accepted up until the day before workshop webinar.
    • 03 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Online


    2021 Fall Workshop Series

    Reviewing HEC-RAS 2-D Models: Pretty Colorful Animations are Not Always Accurate - Wed, Nov. 3, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm MST, Eligible for 4 PDHs

    For past five years, the H&H community is delighted to use HEC-RAS 5.0 and its subsequent versions, which are public domain, free, and meticulously tested software from HEC and include fully 2-dimensional (2-D) and combined 1-dimensional (1-D) and 2-D unsteady flow modeling in addition to its traditional 1-D modeling capabilities.  In this period, use of HEC-RAS for 2-D modeling has increased exponentially.  HEC-RAS version 6.0, released in May 2021, has many added capabilities and features over previous versions including faster speeds, variable time step, and pre-processing tools.  This will attract even more users using this software.  There are many advantages of using a 2-D HEC-RAS model, including the ease with which a 2-D model can be set up. Does that mean all 2-D models that run and provide results are justified and correct? That is the most important question when tasked with reviewing a 2-D model. This workshop will discuss good modeling practices and identify common mistakes that are overlooked in creating a 2-D HEC-RAS model.  The workshop will include a live interactive demonstration of HEC-RAS 2-D during which participants will play a reviewer’s role in finding model problems.  This workshop is not intended to teach attendees how to use HEC-RAS 2-D; instead, it will focus on providing information for those who review HEC-RAS 2-D models. The workshop will also cover best practices for conducting dam breach analysis and discuss new pre-processing and advanced modeling features of HEC-RAS version 6.0. All participants will receive a checklist for HEC-RAS 2D model reviews.

    This workshop will be of interest to Engineers, H&H modelers (all levels), government employees (model reviewers), dam owners.

    Eligible for 4 PDHs

    https://training.ussdams.org/p/HEC-RAS 


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      Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org  at least 2 weeks prior to start of workshop webinar, in order to receive a refund. Substitutions are accepted up until the day before workshop webinar.
    • 08 Nov 2021
    • 15 Nov 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Online


    2021 Fall Workshop Series

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    Role of Instrumentation in a Dam Safety Program - Mon, Tues, Wed, and Mon, Nov. 8, 9, 10,15; Eligible for 16 PDHs (must attend all 4 days)

    This Workshop will include presentations, exercises, and instrumentation equipment displays/demonstrations which all are intended to provide workshop participants with improved insight, understanding, and comfort with respect to instrumentation. 

    The Workshop aims to cover a variety of topics related to dam instrumentation monitoring. Attendees will learn the fundamentals, what questions need to be answered by an instrumentation system, considerations to remember when evaluating the data, how does automation improve monitoring program, and be exposed to emerging technologies.

    Workshop exercises will allow discussion of real-world scenarios. The scenarios will involve both embankment and concrete dams, planning of instrumentation system as well as data evaluation. A significant portion of the instrumentation workshop will be devoted to hands-on exercises design to walk participants through the entire scope of instrumentation from planning to design to evaluating data. 

    Instrumentation equipment suppliers will have displays that will be used to enhance the "foundational" presentations, and the workshop will offer time for one-on-one discussions with equipment suppliers regarding general or special questions, issues, challenges, etc. 

    Fundamentally, the Workshop will seek to maximize the opportunities for educational discussions among the participants, presenters, and instrumentation equipment suppliers about real-world situations, and how they might best be addressed.

    The workshop will provide a general overview for the understanding of the factors that influence the accuracy and reliability of dam instrumentation data. Novice to seasoned professionals will all benefit from the workshop. Engineers, dam owners, geologists, technicians, and government agencies should all attend.

    Agenda

    Eligible for 16 PDHs

    https://training.ussdams.org/p/InstrumentationDamSafety


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      Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org  at least 2 weeks prior to start of workshop webinar, in order to receive a refund. Substitutions are accepted up until the day before workshop webinar.
    • 16 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Online


    2021 Fall Workshop Series

    Performance Based Earthquake Engineering and Fragility of Dams - November 16, 2021

    10:00 am - 2:30 pm MST Eligible for 4 PDHs

    Although the potential failure mode analysis (PFMA) is an standard and well accepted method in Dam Engineering, the complementary one, i.e., performance based earthquake engineering (PBEE) is widely used in building, nuclear, and bridge industries. While these two approaches have some similarities, the PBEE quantifies the results of numerical simulation in a more rational way and ultimately presents results it in the form of seismic fragility curves (SFC). A SFC is a sigmoid type curve in which the horizontal axis present the uncertain variable (e.g., peak ground acceleration or first-mode spectral acceleration), and the vertical one could be probability of exceedance of a particular "limit state" (such as tensile stress or crest displacement). The SFC is one of the final products in PBEE which is very useful for both engineers, managers, and dam owners. It provides a direct connection with loss model elements (e.g., monetary loss, fatalities, and downtime), and is a great asset for risk-based safety assessment of dams.

    Developing SFC requires some knowledge about: (1) finite element model development, (2) different uncertainties sources in a typical case study dam, (3) different probabilistic analyses techniques and their differences, (4) optimal model development as the dam-foundation-water system is computationally expensive, and (5) developing the SFC using the raw data from structural simulations. 

    This workshop will briefly cover all these topics and will provide a rich step by step framework for dam engineers on their journey to develop and interpret the seismic fragility curves. 

    The application of probabilistic methods and fragility functions in Dam engineering seems to be inevitable. Therefore, we expect attendees with medium level of experience in structural engineering, earthquake engineering, dam safety, and even geothectical engineering.  

    Eligible for 4 PDHs

    https://training.ussdams.org/p/EQEnginFragilityofDams


    Sponsored by   

      Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org  at least 2 weeks prior to start of workshop webinar, in order to receive a refund. Substitutions are accepted up until the day before workshop webinar.
    • 11 Apr 2022
    • 8:00 AM (PDT)
    • 15 Apr 2022
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • San Diego, CA
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    Join USSD and colleagues in beautiful San Diego at the Town and Country Resort, for what will be the first face-to-face conference in two years!

    The USSD Technical Program Committee is putting the finishing touches on an excellent program with over 100 technical sessions, two plenaries, a Legacy Lecture, and six workshops.  Stay through the week and register for an outstanding field tour being planned for San Vicente Dam and Lake Murray on Friday.

    New to the program is Women Who Give a Dam which showcases accomplishments of women in the industry, It includes a technical session followed by a luncheon with a keynote speaker.

    Don't forget to pack your workout gear and running shoes!  A 5k FUNds run/walk AND fitness classes are scheduled to raise funds for the USSD Scholarship Program.


    5k FUNds Run/Walk Registration

    Morning Fitness Registration

       

                                                          

     Technical Program Chair:   Joe Goldstein, Geosyntec

     Technical Program Vice-Chair: Ed Toms, AECOM

     Conference email:  2022conference@ussdams.org



Past events

04 Oct 2021 Leveraging Potential Failure Mode Analyses to Perform Semi-Quantitative Risk Assessments
10 May 2021 2021 USSD Conference
22 Apr 2021 InSAR – Dam Safety Considerations and Applications
22 Mar 2021 2021 Leveraging PFMA to Perform SQRA Virtual Workshop
12 Jan 2021 Just Go with the Flow: A Phased Approach to Understanding Your Spillway
15 Dec 2020 Introduction to the Engineer of Record for Tailings Dams
09 Dec 2020 2020 Fall Workshop Series: Regional Analysis Tools for Calculating the Magnitude of Extreme Floods
08 Dec 2020 2020 Fall Workshop Series: Reclamation Consequences Estimating Methodology (RCEM)
18 Nov 2020 Seismic Thresholds for Embankment Dams & Their Return Periods
10 Nov 2020 2020 Fall Workshop Series: Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring of Dams
27 Oct 2020 2020 Fall Workshop Series: Introduction and Overview of Rock Scour
21 Oct 2020 What the f-N? Clarifying Misconceptions about Risk Plots
20 Oct 2020 Evaluating Complex Systems as Part of a Semi-Quantitative Risk Assessment
12 Oct 2020 2020 Fall Workshop Series: Leveraging PFMA to Perform SQRA Webinar
07 Oct 2020 2020 Fall Workshop Series: Understanding Potential Life Loss from Flooding - Shining a Light into the Black Box that is HEC-LifeSim
06 Oct 2020 2020 Fall Workshop Series: Introduction to Probabilistic Dam Breach Modeling
01 Oct 2020 2020 Fall Workshop Series
01 Oct 2020 Asphalt Core Embankment Dams (ACED) – Why, Where and How?
11 Sep 2020 Specialized Communication for Engineers - #3 The Business Skill of Likability
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28 Aug 2020 Advanced Communication for Engineers- #3 Build Your Tribe
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26 Aug 2020 Advanced Communication for Engineers- #1 Executive Presence for Online Meetings
21 Aug 2020 Communication Fundamentals for Engineers- #3 Winning Presentations
20 Aug 2020 Communication Fundamentals for Engineers- #2 Be Heard!
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02 Jun 2020 Professional Ethics Webinar
20 Apr 2020 Sponsor a Student at the Conference
20 Apr 2020 2020 USSD Conference and Exhibition
29 Oct 2019 Leveraging Potential Failure Mode Analyses to Perform Semi-Quantitative Risk Assessments
09 Jul 2019 Static Liquefaction Workshop
14 May 2019 FEMA National Dam Safety Program: Rapid Dam Break, Flood and Consequence Assessment: Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation Risk Assessments
08 Apr 2019 2019 USSD Conference and Exhibition
30 Apr 2018 2018 USSD Conference and Exhibition
20 Sep 2017 The Challenges of Dams in Cold Climates
14 Sep 2017 Lessons Learned from Recent Tailings Dam Failures: A Path Forward
07 Sep 2016 2nd International Seminar on Dam Protection Against Overtopping

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