Upcoming events

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Ashburn, VA
    • 35

    The Public Safety and Security around Dams Course is designed for all security and dam industry professionals and any dam and hydro power professionals with a requirement to manage public safety and security for dam and, or water retention structures.  The three-day course will offer an in-depth review of the requirements for public safety and security programs and assessments. It will also offer instruction on public safety and physical security concepts and technologies as well as the integration of the process. Included will be site visits to Loudoun Water's Beaver and Goose Creek Dams as part of the practical exercise component.


    Course Outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

    List the categories and functions of public safety and security techniques for dams.

    • Understand the legal responsibilities and the potential risks associated with dams.
    • Describe the policy, planning, and procedure development process required to support a public safety and security program
    • Reference the DHS Dams Sector Security Guidelines and their application to support public safety.
    • Conduct and complete a security and public safety assessment of a dam.
    • Understand the components of a successful public safety program.
    • Identify hazards and vulnerabilities associated with dams and categorize, measure associated risks, and mitigate the risks.
    • Take a joint approach to manage and mitigate security and public safety threats

      Registration is now open, and is limited to 40 participants.


    Lodging and transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. There is no room block reserved for this workshop. Washington Dulles Airport is the closest airport, approximately 5 miles from Ashburn. Several nearby hotels offer airport shuttles and rates range from $89 - $197 per night; nearby hotels.

    • 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


    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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