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2018 USSD Conference and Exhibition

  • 30 Apr 2018
  • 7:00 AM
  • 04 May 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Avenue, Miami FL


For the first time, USSD will hold its annual meeting in the state of Florida. The Theme of the 38th Annual Conference, A Balancing Act: Dams, Levees and Ecosystems, reflects the importance of environmentally sustainable water projects within diverse and sometimes fragile ecosystems.

The Host for the 2018 Conference and Exhibition is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District.

Introduction

The 2018 USSD Conference Theme is A Balancing Act: Dams, Levees and Ecosystems.  Dams and levees continue to provide significant benefits to society.  These benefits include flood control, water supply, irrigation, renewable energy, navigation, recreation, and habitat and environmental enhancement.  Many of our existing dams and levees are poised to provide additional benefits and solutions to some of our nation’s future infrastructure, environmental, social, and economic challenges. The theme represents some of the unique challenges that coastal environments and delicate ecosystems face, which requires balancing the purposes of dams and levees with environmental, social and economic interests.

Herbert Hoover Dike

Conference Information

Activities will begin on Monday, April 30, with USSD Committee Meetings. The Conference Opening Plenary Session at 5 pm will be followed by the Kick-off Reception and Exhibition Opening.  Tuesday morning will feature a Plenary Session, with concurrent technical sessions taking place on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. More than 200 presentations will be featured during the Conference.

Thursday and Friday will provide additional opportunities for learning, with field tours and workshops. Meals and social events throughout the week will offer plenty of networking opportunities.

Exhibition and Sponsorships

An Exhibition will be held for organizations wishing to showcase their products and services to a wide range of professionals involved in dams, levees and water resources. 

Event and product sponsorships throughout the Conference will offer additional marketing opportunities. 

Exhibitor reservations will be available in November.

Field Tours

A half-day tour on Thursday afternoon will visit the Tamiami Trail, part of the Florida Everglades restoration project.

The day-long Friday tour will feature the Herbert Hoover Dike, a 143-mile-long earthen dam that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, the heart of the Everglades system.  Various construction projects designed to reduce the risk of catastrophic failure of the aging structure are ongoing.

                                                                                                                                                          Tamiami Trail Bridge

Workshops

Several concurrent workshops, organized by USSD Technical Committees, will be held on Thursday. Workshop topics include:

  • Evaluation of Numerical Models and Input Parameters in the Analysis of Concrete Dams -- Announcement
  • Construction of Slurry Walls for Levees and Small Embankment Dams
  • Cutting-Edge Rapid Flood Modeling; Hands-on with DSS-WISETM Light
  • Case Histories in Dam Safety Risk-Informed Decision Making
  • Everglades Restoration (Thursday morning only)
  • Effective Communication, presented by the USSD Young Professional Committee
    (Thursday morning only)


Hotel Reservations

All Conference activities will take place in the downtown Miami Hyatt Regency and the connected Miami Convention Center. Overlooking the Miami River, the Hyatt Regency Miami is a landmark hotel with easy access to popular attractions, like Brickell City Center, Wynwood Art District, Coral Gables, Port of Miami, and the Latin flavor of Little Havana.  Here is the link to make room reservations. The special conference rate is $209.00. A limited number of rooms are available at the government per diem rate of $156.00

Conference Registration

Conference registration will open in December.

Author/Presenter Information

 Drafts Due
 December 1, 2017
 Review Comments
 January 15, 2018
 Final Papers Due
 March 1, 2018
 Conference  April 30-May 4, 2018
Authors/Speakers/Presenters: Log in to the Catalyst system here to upload the required speaker agreement, update titles and authors, and submit your draft paper (if you are preparing a paper for the proceedings). Guidelines for Preparing Manuscripts. Manuscript Template.

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