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    • 01 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • 20 Jan 2021
    • 5:00 PM (MST)
    • Online-more details to follow


    Choose one or more of our dynamic virtual workshops for dam and levee professionals. 



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    Leveraging PFMA to Perform SQRA (5-day webinar, 4.5 hours/day) 21 PDHs

    It will cover review of the PFMA process and historically significant potential failure modes, TRGs, using the PFMA results to perform a SQRA (including additional required input and how to obtain it), estimating consequences including but not limited to life safety, assessing the results, and building the dam safety case. Click Here for more information and to register.


    Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring of Dams (4, two-hour webinar Series) 8 PDHs

    Presentations, exercises, and instrumentation equipment displays/demonstrations for improved insight, understanding, and effectiveness. Click Here for more information and to register. 


    Introduction and Overview of Rock Scour (4, two-hour webinars) . 7 PDHs

    Provides knowledge and understanding of information needed for a scour assessment, current tools and methods available to perform a scour assessment, and case histories on the use and interpretation of scour analyses results. This workshop will be limited to the characterization, evaluation, analysis, and remediation of erodibility of rock scour. Erodibility of soils will not be covered. Click Here for more information and to register. 


    Understanding Potential Life Loss from Flooding - Shining a Light into the Black Box that is HEC-LifeSim (2, two-hour webinars) 4 PDHs

    Provides an overview of dam and levee safety risk assessment activities and consequence estimates used within the decision-making process at all levels, specifically using HEC-LifeSim, a software tool for estimating economic damages and life loss. Click Here for more information and to register.


    Introduction to Probabilistic Dam Breach Modeling 4 PDHs

    As an introduction to the concept of probabilistic dam breach modeling and how it supports risk-informed decision making, attendees will learn the theory behind the Monte Carlo Method plus how it is applied to determining probabilities of flood from a dam breach event. Click Here for more information and to register.

    Bureau of Reclamation's Consequences Estimating Methodology (RCEM) (1/2 Day Webinar) 4 PDHs

    Provides an introduction to dam failure life loss estimation concepts with specific emphasis on the empirical RCEM approach. Attendees will come away with a basic knowledge of the use of the RCEM method, and the importance of life loss estimation in the dam safety risk analysis process. Click Here for more information and to register.

    Regional Analysis Tools for Calculating the Magnitude of Extreme Floods (3, three-hour webinars) 9 PDHs

    Three separate regional analysis techniques discussed in this workshop include Regional Flood Frequency Analysis (RFFA), Regional Precipitation Frequency Analysis (RPFA), and Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) analysis. Historical information collected by non-standard scientific measurement methods are also incorporated into the analysis. Novel methods of completing the analysis are presented using the results of studies completed in western US and Canada. Click Here for more information and to register.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    No registration is confirmed until full payment is received. Seating is limited and only those with paid status are guaranteed a workshop seat.

    In order to take advantage of multi-webinar discounts, registration for more than one workshop must be made on the same date.

    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.


    • 10 Nov 2020
    • (MST)
    • 19 Nov 2020
    • (MST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 41
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    USSD 2020 Fall Workshop Series

    Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring of Dams

    4-Part Webinar Series

    9:00 - 11:00 am MST over 4 days

    Eligible for 8 PDHs


    Description

    This Workshop will include presentations by panelists 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 series will consist of four sessions. The topics are 1) Planning an Instrumentation Program, 2) Installation of Dam Monitoring Instrumentation, 3) Threshold Values and Action Levels, and 4) Evaluation of Data. The presentations by the panelists will discuss both embankment and concrete dams with a focus on PFMA in defining monitoring programs, thresholds and action levels, and evaluation of data.

    The panelists will consist of representatives from owners, regulators, vendors, and consultants who will provide their perspective with regard to dam safety and the four topics above. The workshop sessions will be organized to allow for both panelist presentations and ample discussion and questions between attendees and the panelists.

    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.

    Objectives

    • Understand the purpose of a dam instrument monitoring program:

          o Types of instruments and data collection alternatives

          o Use of data as input for Potential Failure Modes Analysis (PFMA) and risk analysis

    o Purpose of instrumentation with regard to construction monitoring, design verification, and general health monitoring

    • Understand key considerations for installation of instrumentation, including best practices and common sources of error.
    • Understand the role of thresholds and action levels and considerations to establish them.
    • Understand key considerations in data evaluations and project performance.
    Encourage open discussions between panelists from across industry (i.e., owners, regulators, vendors, and consultants) and participants.

    Course Agenda

    Target Audience

    Workshop will discuss best practices for planning, implementing, and managing a dam safety program. Panelists will provide a general overview of the role of instrumentation in project performance monitoring and discuss the factors that influence the accuracy, reliability, and use of dam instrumentation data. Novice to seasoned professionals will all benefit from the workshop. Engineers, dam owners, geologists, and technicians involved in dam safety should all attend.

    Instructors & Moderators

    Click Here for Bios

    Georgette Hlepas, USACE

    Brent Randall, Campbell Scientific

    Bill Walker, USACE

    Brandon Lanthier, Geosyntec

    Josh Brown, Campbell Scientific

    Pierre Choquet, RST Instruments

    Rodolfo “Rudy” Saavedra, Durham Geo Slope Indicator

    Will Brown, FERC

    John Hynes, Stantec

    Bruce Rogers, USACE

    Registration and Cancellation Policy

    No registration is confirmed until full payment is received. Seating is limited and only those with paid status are guaranteed a workshop seat. Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org in order to receive refunds as stated below:

    • After 10/27/2020: no refund, however substitutions are permitted

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    • 18 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MST)
    • Online
    • 72
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    Seismic Thresholds for Embankment Dams & Their Return Periods

    90-Minute Webinar, 9:00 - 10:30 am MST

    Eligible for 1.5 PDHs



    Description

    The webinar will describe the process of developing seismic thresholds for 50 selected embankment/rockfill dams in the Western U.S. for post-earthquake notification and response. This work was extrapolated to approximate the return period of the permanent displacement failure for each dam. Seismic hazard curves for dams in low and high seismicity areas will be compared to evaluate whether a ‘levelized’ return period, e.g. 10,000 years, would provide the desired level of consistency and conservatism when evaluating ground motions for dam safety.

    Webinar Agenda

    Target Audience

      Geotechnical Engineers, Earthquake Engineers, and Dam Safety Professionals

    Instructor

     Click Here for Bio

      Justin F. Smith, P. E.


    Registration and Cancellation Policy

    No registration is confirmed until full payment is received. Seating is limited and only those with paid status are guaranteed webinar access. Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org in order to receive refunds as stated below:

    • By 11/04/2020 - full refund
    • After 11/04/2020: no refund, however substitutions are permitted

    This webinar is brought to you in part by:


    • 08 Dec 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MST)
    • Online
    • 74
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    USSD 2020 Fall Workshop Series

    Reclamation's Consequences Estimating Methodology (RCEM)

    4 - hour Webinar

    Dec. 8, 2020

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm MST

     Eligible for 4 PDHs


    Description

    The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) Consequences Estimating Method (RCEM) is an empirically-based method for estimating life loss consequences from dam failure in support of dam safety risk analysis. This RCEM methodology considers the intensity of flooding and warning time to be the most important factors when selecting ranges of fatality rates for a given exposed population. The method is a simplified approach which relies on a data set comprised of dam failure, flash flood and other flood-related case histories as a basis for fatality rate selection. Consensus results are developed through a team approach to life loss estimation and confidence in life loss estimates are evaluated. RCEM is the primary method currently used by Reclamation to estimate dam failure life loss.

    Objectives

    The attendee will learn the basics of dam failure life loss estimation for risk analysis, as illustrated through the application of the RCEM method.

    The course agenda will cover an introduction to concepts regarding dam failure consequences estimation, discussion of dam failure case histories, interpretation of inundation modeling output data, warning and evacuation, and the estimation of downstream population at risk. The RCEM method will be introduced and discussed in some detail, and an example RCEM analysis will be conducted as a hands-on exercise for participants.

    Course Agenda

    Target Audience

    Dam Owners, Engineers, Geologists, All Involved with Dam Safety Risk Analysis

    Instructors


    Click Here for Bios

    Bruce Feinberg, USBR

    Dom Galic, USBR


    Registration and Cancellation Policy

    No registration is confirmed until full payment is received. Seating is limited and only those with paid status are guaranteed a workshop seat. Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org in order to receive refunds as stated below:

    • By 11/24/2020 - full refund
    • After 11/24/2020: no refund, however substitutions are permitted

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    • 09 Dec 2020
    • (MST)
    • 11 Dec 2020
    • (MST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Online
    • 86
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    USSD 2020 Fall Workshop Series

    Regional Analysis Tools for Calculating the Magnitude of Extreme Floods

    Three, 3 - hour Webinars (9 hours total)

    Dec. 9-11, 2020

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

     Eligible for 9 PDHs



    Description

    Government funded projects that analyze rainfall and streamflow data across an entire state can improve the defensibility and reduce the cost of flood analysis studies for individual reservoirs by improving the baseline information for calculating extreme flood events. Three separate regional analysis techniques discussed in this workshop include Regional Flood Frequency Analysis (RFFA), Regional Precipitation Frequency Analysis (RPFA), and Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) analysis. Historical information collected by non-standard scientific measurement methods are also incorporated into the analysis. Novel methods of completing the analysis are presented using the results of studies completed in western US and Canada.

    Objectives

    The objective of the workshop is to provide attendees with an understanding of the methodologies and benefits of completing state-wide regional analysis utilizing different forms of data and information with the end goal of producing defensible extreme flood studies.

    Course Agenda

    Target Audience

    Engineers, geologists, hydrologists, hydrometeorologists, dam owners, government professionals and managers. The workshop should interest junior, mid, and senior level professionals.

    Instructors

    Click Here for Bios

    Alyssa Hendricks Dietrich

    K. Jane Watt, PhD., LL.D

    Piotr Kuraś, PE, PEng, RPF

    Joel Trubilowicz, PhD, PEng

    Robert McLean, M.Sc, P.E


    Registration and Cancellation Policy

    No registration is confirmed until full payment is received. Seating is limited and only those with paid status are guaranteed a workshop seat. Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org in order to receive refunds as stated below:

    • By 11/25/2020 - full refund
    • After 11/25/2020: no refund, however substitutions are permitted
    • 15 Dec 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (MST)
    • Online
    • 89
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    Introduction to the Engineer of Record for Tailings Dams

    1.5 hour Webinar
    Dec. 15, 2020

    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm MST

     Eligible for 1.5 PDHs



    Description

    This webinar will provide an introduction and overview of the EOR concept. It will be the first of a series of webinars about the EOR through a joint effort of USSD and Canadian Dam Association (CDA) .This webinar will include the following topics:

    • Background to the EOR
    • Description of the EOR
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Duties of an EOR
    • Qualifications of an EOR
    • Challenges faced by our industry with respect to the EOR


    Objectives

    This webinar provides an overview and history of the Engineer of Record role for Tailings Dams. The importance of maintaining an engineer of record and their responsibilities will be explained with consideration to recently promulgated requirements and guidance. The expectations of the engineer of record and the owner will be discussed, referencing industry guidance from the Global Industry Standard on Tailings, ICMM, Mining Association of Canada, the Canadian Dam Association (CDA), and Geoprofessionals Business Association (GBA).                                                                                                     

    Click Here for Course Agenda

    Target Audience

    All owners and operators of tailing storage facilities worldwide that employ an engineer of record in the operation of their containment dams or may wish to employ an EOR. Also, engineers and consulting firms who serve as EORs.

    Instructors


    Click Here for Bios

    Christopher Hatton, PE

    Andy Small, M.Sc., P.Eng.

    Registration and Cancellation Policy

    No registration is confirmed until full payment is received. Seating is limited and only those with paid status are guaranteed a workshop seat. Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org in order to receive refunds as stated below:

    • By 12/01/2020 - full refund
    • After 12/01/2020: no refund, however substitutions are permitted

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    • 12 Jan 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MST)
    • Online
    • 89
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    Just Go with the Flow: A Phased Approach to Understanding Your Spillway

    2 - hour Webinar

    Jan. 12, 2021

    11:00 am - 1:00 pm MST

     Eligible for 2 PDHs



    Description

    Owners across the country are taking a phased approach to assessing and understanding their spillways in order to increase the reliability for performance during operation. The phased approach offers owners benefits from a cost and operational perspective along with limiting the amount of destructive examination that may be required to better understand the spillway and its subsurface conditions. The approach also provides owners with multiple spillways a means of initial screening (Phase1) and then prioritization of future assessments and/or maintenance (Phases 2 or 3). This presentation will cover all three phases.

    Objectives

    To provide case histories that demonstrate how a phased approach is beneficial in planning, funding, and undertaking spillway condition assessments to enhance understanding of spillway conditions and performance. The goal is to communicate to owners how phasing assessments allow flexibility to navigate operational constraints, funding challenges, and address unexpected and problematic findings

    Course Agenda - coming soon

    Target Audience

    Dam Owners

    Instructors


    Click Here for Bios

    Kenny (Kenwarjit) Dosanjh, PE

    Olivia Vergadamo

    Dawning Wu

    Sam Planck, PE

    Registration and Cancellation Policy

    No registration is confirmed until full payment is received. Seating is limited and only those with paid status are guaranteed a workshop seat. Cancellations must be received via email to info@ussdams.org in order to receive refunds as stated below:

    • By 12/29/2020 - full refund
    • After 12/29/2020: no refund, however substitutions are permitted

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    • 12 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Charleston, SC


    Safety, Security, and Emergency Response in the 21st Century


    The USSD annual conference travels to beautiful Charleston, SC in 2021. Charleston is a world- class destination with an easily accessible airport, beautiful beaches, historic surroundings, highly acclaimed restaurants and lots of shopping.

    The Southeastern U.S. has experienced numerous dam failures over the last several years, including numerous incidents in central and coastal regions of the Carolinas during historic flooding in 2015 and the failure of 25 dams from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

    Next year also marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon. While no dams or levees were compromised during the attacks, the event resulted in large changes in the approach to infrastructure security nationwide.

     Registration Now Open - Click Here!

    Hotel Information on the registration link above. Hotel reservations will open late November

    Acceptance Notification

    Abstracts will be selected by members of the Technical Program Planning Committee based on scientific/engineering merit, relevance, and overall quality. Due to time and space constraints, it is possible that not all submissions will be selected for the conference.

    Notification of acceptance were emailed September 11, 2020. 

    • All authors/presenters must upload a form to Cvent confirming your intention to participate in the conference and granting USSD permission to publish and distribute your paper/expanded abstract and/or presentation.
    • Authors must upload a draft paper OR expanded abstract by November 7, 2020.
    • Authors will be able to access review comments via Cvent by February 1, 2021.
    • Final papers or expanded abstracts are due March 12, 2021.
    • All presenters must submit draft and final PowerPoint presentations to session moderators during March 2021.

    All agreements, drafts and final papers/expanded abstracts may be uploaded to your Cvent portal: https://USSDams.org/2021-Papers/

    All presenters will be expected to attend the Conference and pay the reduced registration fee offered to authors and co-authors.

    USSD website: www.ussdams.org

    Conference website: https://www.ussdconferences.org/d/vnqyhf/ 

    For more information, contact: 2021conference@ussdams.org, 303-792-8753

    Technical Program Chair: Conrad Ginther (Black & Veatch)


    Brought to you in part by our 2021 Conference Sponsors



Past events

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 Asphalt Core Embankment Dams (ACED) – Why, Where and How?
11 Sep 2020 Specialized Communication for Engineers - #3 The Business Skill of Likability
10 Sep 2020 Specialized Communication for Engineers - #2 Culture-building Conversations
09 Sep 2020 Specialized Communication for Engineers - #1 Crisis Communication
28 Aug 2020 Advanced Communication for Engineers- #3 Build Your Tribe
27 Aug 2020 Advanced Communication for Engineers- #2 Prepare for Difficult Conversations
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!
19 Aug 2020 Communication Fundamentals for Engineers-#1 Communicate with Anyone!
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
10 Apr 2019 2019 USSD Scholarship 5K FUNds Run/Walk
10 Apr 2019 Partner in Education Donor 1 Free 5K Runner/Walker Registrations Only
08 Apr 2019 2019 USSD Conference and Exhibition
01 Jul 2018 2018 ICOLD 86th Annual Meeting Vienna
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
03 Jul 2017 ICOLD 85th Annual Meeting
03 Apr 2017 USSD 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition
26 Oct 2016 ICOLD National Committees of the Americas International Symposium on Safety of Dams
07 Sep 2016 2nd International Seminar on Dam Protection Against Overtopping
27 Jun 2016 Sixth International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures (ISHS 2016)
27 Jun 2016 International Symposium on the Mechanics of Internal Erosion for Dams and Levees

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