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Technical Program (PDF)
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Index of 2014 Conference Information
The Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Only 20 minutes from downtown San Francisco, the Hyatt Regency is just a short drive from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), with easy access to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Recently updated, the hotel features a heated outdoor pool, a complimentary full service fitness gym and a café, deli and sports bar.
To encourage Young Professionals to participate in the Conference, a discounted registration rate is offered to those age 35 and under. A Tuesday evening event following the Poster Session and Reception will provide an opportunity for additional networking. And, an Outstanding Paper Award will go to a Young Professional author.
Continuing Education Units
Colorado State University, Division of Continuing Education, will grant CEUs after successful completion of the Conference and/or a Workshop. CEU information will be available at the Conference.
USSD Committee Meetings
Committee Meetings, to be held on Monday, are an important part of the Annual Meeting. All Conference participants are welcome to attend the committee meetings. A schedule of meeting will be linked from here soon.
Annual Meeting of Members
All Conference participants are invited to attend the USSD Annual Meeting of Members on Monday afternoon. Following a brief review of current USSD activities, Members will have an opportunity to present their ideas and suggestions about USSD to the Board of Directors. The Annual Meeting will also include updates from other organizations involvd in dams and water resources in the U.S. and abroad.
Kick-Off Reception/Exhibition Opening
Each year, USSD Conference participants and guests look forward to the annual Monday evening reception to network, make new professional contacts and socialize. A highlight of this year's reception will be the opening of the Exhibition, featuring organizations offering products and services to the dam profession.
Thursday Evening Shuttle
Complimentary shuttle transportation will be available on Thursday evening, providing an easy way to experience the city of San Francisco. The shuttle service will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Conference and Workshops will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010, 650-347-1234.
The special rate for USSD Conference participants is $189 single or double, plus taxes. To make reservations, call 888-421-1442 and request the special USSD rate. Online reservations. A limited number of rooms are available at the prevailing Federal Government Per Diem.
The Hotel provides complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to and from San Francisco International Airport and BART at the International Terminal.
The room block rate is guaranteed only through March 21, or until the room block fills. Reservations after March 21 will be at the prevailing room rate, subject to availability.
Conference and Workshop Registration
The Conference Registration Fee for the Annual Meeting and Conference includes:
The fee is $995 for USSD Members and $1,095 for non-members, with a $100 early discount. A Young Professional Fee of $450 is available to participants age 35 and younger. To receive the Early Registration Rate, you must register by March 28. The Late Registration Fee applies to registrations received after March 28 and on-site registrations. The Registration Fee can be paid by check; VISA, MasterCard or Discover; or purchase order.
Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, USSD must receive notice of cancellation by the end of business on March 31. All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee. After March 31, the registration fee is not refundable, but substitutions are acceptable.
Four Workshops (two morning sessions and two all day sessions) will be held Thursday, April 10. Workshop attendance is included in the Conference Registration Fee. For those not attending the Conference, the Workshop fee is $320.
A buffet lunch will be served at 12 noon for those attending a workshop or the field tour.
Role of Human Error in Dam Incidents and Failures
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Organized by the USSD Committee on Dam Safety and Dam Security
Points of Contact — Catrin van Donkelaar, McMillen-LLC; and Kim de Rubertis, Consulting Engineer
Next Generation Attenuation Relationships and the Estimation of Ground Motions for Dams
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Organized by the USSD Committee on Earthquakes
Points of Contact — Ross W. Boulanger, University of California, Davis; Joseph L. Ehasz, URS Energy & Construction, Inc.; and Yousef Bozorgnia, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Case Histories in Dam Safety Risk Assessment
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organized by the USSD Committee on Dam Safety and Dam Security, Risk Subgroup
Points of Contact — David S. Bowles, RAC Engineers & Economists and Utah State University; and Elena Sossenkina, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Seismic Design of Tailings Dams
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organized by the USSD Committee on Tailings Dams
Points of Contact — José L.M. Clemente, Bechtel Power Corporation; and Christina Winckler, URS Corporation
Thursday Field Tour — Lower Crystal Springs Dam, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The tour will begin at 1 p.m. following lunch at the Hyatt. Lower Crystal Springs Dam, owned and operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is a concrete gravity dam constructed on San Mateo Creek. The structure was completed in 1888 adjacent to the San Andreas Fault, and has survived numerous historic earthquakes. The dam recently underwent hydraulic improvements, including modifications to the spillway in conjunction with raising the parapet wall on top of the dam, and constructing a new and larger stilling basin at the base of the dam. The tour will also include viewing the current construction of improvements to the outlet structures and a new pump station for transmission of water to San Andreas Reservoir and the Harry Tracey Water Treatment Plant.
Friday Field Tour — Calaveras Dam and Los Vaqueros Dam, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Friday Field Tour will include visits to Calaveras Dam and Los Vaqueros Dam.
Calaveras Dam, owned and operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, was the largest earth and rock fill dam in the world at the time of completion in 1925. Construction of the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project began in 2011. The existing dam will be replaced by a new earth and rock fill embankment dam, spillway and inlet/outlet works that will meet current seismic safety design requirements. The project also includes fish passage facilities and other environmental enhancements. Construction of the $620 million dollar project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2017.
Los Vaqueros Dam, owned and operated by the Contra Costa Water District, is an embankment dam constructed in the late 1990s to provide a reservoir with a capacity of 123,348,185 cubic meters. Construction for the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project was completed in 2012, raising the height of the dam by 10 meters and increasing storage by 60 percent. This additional water storage ensures the customers of Contra Costa Water District are provided with high quality water, greater drought storage, and provides enhanced protections for Delta fisheries and the environment. The tour will include lunch and a stop at a local winery.
Guests will have an opportunity to meet and mingle during a coffee reception on Tuesday morning. A representative from the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau will introduce guests to the city and its many attractions. This event will be an opportunity for guests to join others in activities or tours to be arranged on your own. Information on possible tours will be available at the Meet and Mingle event.
Guests will also enjoy the following Conference activities:
The Guest Registration Fee is $325.
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