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2019 USSD Conference and Exhibition

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



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

April 8-12 -- Chicago Hilton


Local Host:
Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission


Program

Introduction
The 2019 USSD Conference theme is Second City, Second Chances: Stories of Rehabilitation, Modification, and Revitalization.  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 venue 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.

More than 140 oral and poster presentations will address the following topics. A preliminary program is here. The full conference program will be posted soon. 

Conference Topics
  • Conference Theme: Second City, Second Chances: Stories of Rehabilitation, Modification, and Revitalization 
  • Advocacy and Public Awareness
  • Concrete Dams
  • Construction and Rehabilitation
  • Dam Safety
  • Earthquakes
  • Embankment Dams
  • Environment and Sustainability/Dam Decommissioning
  • Foundations
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • Levees
  • Monitoring of Dams and their Foundations
  • Public Safety, Security and Emergency Management for Dams 
Conference Information

Conference Activities

A full range of activities will include USSD committee meetings, plenary sessions, and concurrent technical sessions. Events throughout the week will offer plenty of networking opportunities. 

Field Tours. Field tour options to significant dam projects will be featured during the conference.

Workshops.  Several concurrent workshops, organized by USSD Technical Committees, will be held during the week.  

Exhibition and Sponsorships.  An Exhibition will allow organizations 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 and the sponsorship program will be available during fall 2018.

Information for Authors/Presenters

All presenters are required to submit a signed speaker agreement to confirm your plans to participate in the conference and provide necessary permissions.

Conference Proceedings: Authors/presenters must submit a full paper, or an expanded abstract for the Conference Proceedings.  Drafts are due November 2.

Click here to access your Catalyst dashboard.  You must upload your signed speaker agreement and your draft paper or expanded abstract from your dashboard.
 
 Activity  Date
 Drafts Due  November 2,  2018
 Review Comments Due  January 21, 2019
 Final Papers Due  March 1, 2019
 Conference  April 8-12, 2019


Hotel Reservations

The conference hotel is the beautiful Hilton Chicago, in the heart of the city. Most conference activities, including plenary and technical sessions and the exhibition, will take place in the Hilton.  The USSD conference rate is $229, plus tax.  A limited number of rooms are available at the prevailing government rate.  Make your reservations here, or call 877-865-5320, group USD. The cutoff date is March 15, 2019, or until the room block fills, whichever is earlier.


Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue

Alternate Hotel

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the nearby Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue.  The room rate is $120.  Make your reservation here, or call 800-635-1666. 

More Information  

Conference Planning Chair: Rachael Bisnett, rachael.bisnett@stantec.com, 641-230-1577. 

USSD: info@ussdams.org, 303-792-8753


Photo credits: Choose Chicago

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