Industry Events

The following events are of interest to the dams and levees industry.

Conduits, Gates and Valves


January 01, 1970 - March 30, 2017


Columbia, SC

The objective of this course is to provide a general understanding of conduits, valves and gates in the context of the operation, maintenance and design of dams and dam safety. Emphasis will be placed on issues related to the design, construction, and performance of conduits, values, and gates types commonly used at dams. Case histories and practical exercises will be used to enhance learning of the purposes and features of conduits, valves, and gates at dams; common materials; design standards and design considerations; operation and control; performance issues; and maintenance and rehabilitation.

This is a BASIC level course, and is intended as an introduction for those with a minimal to moderate level of experience in the design, inspection and operation of dams. This course will provide a general understanding of conduits, gates, and valves at dams with an emphasis on design, construction, and performance. This course is targeted toward individuals interested in dam safety with an introductory to intermediate level background in dam safety and conduits, gates, and valves.


2017 Southeast Regional Conference


April 18 - 20, 2017


Nashville, TN

The Southeast Region of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials invites you to attend its 2017 Regional Conference, April 18-20 at The Music City Center in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The conference program will focus on issues of importance to dam owners, government officials and engineers in the southeast States. Both general and concurrent technical sessions, as well as timely panel discussions, and an informative exhibit show will highlight the two day agenda.


Dam Security and Protection Technical Seminar


April 19 - 20, 2017


Columbia, South Carolina

Dam Security and Protection Technical Seminar (L260)


Dams, levees, and related facilities are a vital part of the Nation’s infrastructure, providing a wide range of economic, environmental, and social benefits. Those benefits include hydroelectric power, river navigation, water supply, wildlife habitats, waste management, flood control, and recreation.


The Dam Security and Protection Technical Seminar was developed in collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Dams Sector Specific Agency (Dams SSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Management Institute and provides dam owners and operators, emergency managers, and other relevant stakeholders with information on the fundamental aspects of security and protection for dams, levees, and related facilities. It provides a solid foundation for the effective implementation of security and protection programs.


This course provides participants with basic concepts related to threat, vulnerability, and consequence as key risk variables. It provides an overview of threats and relevant attack vectors and describes potential suspicious activities. The course addresses common physical vulnerabilities and related protective measures, including both land-side and waterside considerations. It includes information on the basic components of effective security and crisis management programs, including the development of security plans and incident response plans. It also addresses cybersecurity risks, security compromises, and privacy incidents.


Course Objectives

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

  • Discuss the purpose of risk assessment methodologies and results
  • Describe potential threats and relevant attack vectors
  • Evaluate the features of a given dam to identify potential surveillance locations and determine appropriate actions for detection and response
  • Describe protective measures applicable to dams and levees
  • Design and implement a security program
  • Design and implement a crisis management program
  • Describe the basic elements of cybersecurity


Target Audience

This course is designed for dam owners and operators; professional staff of dam safety and dam security programs; emergency managers at the Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial levels; and other safety, security, and incident management personnel with roles and responsibilities relevant to dams and related infrastructure.



The Dam Security and Protection Technical Seminar focuses on key security and protection concepts and their integration into risk management strategies.

The scope of the course includes:

  • Risk, risk components, and risk assessment strategies
  • Threats and attack vectors
  • Surveillance tactics and surveillance detection
  • Suspicious activities
  • Common vulnerabilities
  • Security programs, including selecting protective measures and developing and implementing security plans
  • Crisis management programs, including developing and implementing response plans, continuity plans, and exercises


Course Design

This course is designed for delivery in the classroom.  Lecture, discussion, and multiple hands-on activities are incorporated to enable participants to learn, practice, and demonstrate their knowledge.

Activities include a method to grade participants, when appropriate, using a checklist administered by the instructors.


Course Schedule

Day 1 Day 2
Unit 0:  Overview

Unit 1:  Understanding Risk

Unit 2:  Threats and Adversaries

Unit 3:  Surveillance, Detection, and Reporting

Unit 4:  Security Programs and Protective Measures

Unit 5:  Incident Preparedness and Response

Unit 6:  Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Unit 7:  Summary




South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2762 Wildlife Lane, Styx Classroom, Columbia, SC 29172


Interactive Preparedness: Emergency Action Planning for Dams and Levees


April 25 - 26, 2017


Baltimore, MD

This course is intended to provide both the novice and experienced dam or levee safety emergency planner with valuable lessons and sk.ills that will allow them to develop new EAPs and improve the effectiveness of exist­ing EAPs. The course is a hands-on, interactive workshop, covering the basic elements and knowledge required to prepare, implement, update, and review effective EAPs that will mesh with the constantly changing emergency management community.

The agenda is structured to answer the following key questions:

Why are EAPs important?
What are the important components of an effective EAP?
How do you develop, update, and test an EAP?

This is a BASIC level course, and there are no specific education or experience prerequisites, although some knowledge/experience in dam safety would be beneficial.


Dam Failures and Lessons Learned


May 16 - 18, 2017


Chicago, IL

his course provides instruction on common failure modes for most types of dams and levees with primary emphasis on dams. The principles, concepts and design standards taught are applicable to anyone conducting inspections, performing assessments, conducting risk analyses, or involved in the design of a dam or levee project. Participants will learn about potential failure modes, conditions that can lead to these failure modes, approaches to responding to dam and levee failure modes to avert failures, and defensive design details or modifications for dams and levees to increase their resistance to various failure modes. These lessons learned will be illustrated using numerous case histories from dam and levee failures and incidents.

Key Takeaways:
1. Potential Failure modes for different dam types
2. Dam failure statistics and trends
3. State of the practice deffensive design details to address common failure modes
4. Introduction to potential failure mode and risk analyses
5. Importance of inspecting and monitoring dams

This is a BASIC LEVEL seminar. There are no specific education or experience prerequisites for this course, although some knowledge/experience in dam engineering and dam safety would be beneficial. Some advanced geotechnical concepts will be presented.


28th Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour


June 05 - 14, 2017


Denver, Colorado

The Bureau of Reclamation’s International Affairs Office, is pleased to announce the 28th Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour, June 5-14, 2017.
The technical session will take place in Denver, Colorado, at the Denver Federal Center, June 5-8, 2017, and will consist primarily of classroom presentations and discussions. Lectures, case histories, and structured discussions covering all aspects of a dam safety examination program are led by Reclamation engineers and geologists with extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of design, construction, operation, maintenance, and dam safety.
The post session study tour begins June 9, with a tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Participants will travel by air June 10, to Salt Lake City, Utah, and enjoy free time to explore Park City, Utah, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics.  June 12 and 13 will include site visits to Starvation Dam, Upper Stillwater Dam, Jordanelle Dam, Echo Dam and East Canyon Dam, all part of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region. Participants will travel by air the evening of June 13, to Las Vegas, Nevada, and the seminar will conclude with a VIP tour of Hoover Dam and a close out luncheon, June 14.
The registration fee is $3200 per person and includes: 1) Various printed and electronic materials; 2) Most breakfasts and lunches; 3) Airfare during study tour (Denver/Salt Lake City/Salt Lake City/Las Vegas); 4) Motorcoach transportation; and 5) Hotel accommodations during the Study Tour, June 10-14.  





June 27 - 29, 2017


Austin, TX

Participants will gain a practical knowledge of methods for simulation of runoff from storm rainfall. The methods covered relate to the processing of historical and hypothetical (design-storm) rainfall data; estimation of losses (infiltration); transformation of rainfall excess to direct runoff with unit hydrographs; routing of flood waves; calibration of model parameters; and modeling of runoff from watersheds. Experience will be gained in applying the methods with the program Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS). Where possible, applications will emphasize the Hydrologic Computations for Dam Safety.

Key Takeaways:
1. Methods to simulate runoff from storm rainfall response to rainfall.
2. Estimating hydrologic abstractions
3. Transforming excess rainfall utilizing unit hydrograph theory
4. Running the HMS model on several real world problems
5. Estimating uncertainty in modeling the runoff

This is a BASIC Level seminar. Participants should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or similar fields or related experience.


Hydrovision 2017


June 27 - 30, 2017


Denver, Colorado

Dam Safety 2017


September 10 - 14, 2017


San Antonio, TX

Make plans now to attend Dam Safety 2017 in the San Antonio Hill Country! Dam Safety 2017 is one of the leading conferences in the United States dedicated to dam and levee safety engineering and technology transfer.

Agenda and Advance Registration information will be posted in April/May of 2017.


CDA Conference & Exhibition


October 14 - 20, 2017


Kelowna, British Columbia

DFI 42nd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations


October 24 - 27, 2017


New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA

Join us for our 42nd Annual Conference in the Big Easy where you will network with the largest gathering of practitioners specializing in the deep foundation industry; attend special lectures featuring our world-renowned keynote speakers; learn about innovations in design, construction and delivery of deep foundations; become updated on design, construction, QC/QA and risk assessment/management; hear about DFI’s global initiatives and research to promote foundation safety, quality, durability and sustainability. There will also be an Exhibit Hall featuring 120+ companies.


ISHS 2018 - 7th Annual Symposium on Hydraulic Structures


May 15 - 18, 2018


Aachen, Germany

Hydraulic engineering is one of the most challenging fields in civil engineering and becomes more and more important in times of climate and demographic change. Particularly, the flow around structures is of a complex nature and flow phenomena are still not fully understood. This symposium aims to bring together experts working in the specialized field of hydraulic structure design from both, research and practice communities. It will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of recent advances in knowledge as well as future needs.

The symposium is yet another event in a series of successful workshops and symposia organized by the IAHR Hydraulic Structures Committee during the last decade – e.g. ISHS2016 (Portland, USA), IJREWHS2016 (Lübeck, Germany), IWHS2015 (Coimbra, Portugal), ISHS2014 (Brisbane, Australia), IJREWHS2014 (Spa, Belgium), IWLPKW2013 (Paris, France), IWLHS2013 (Aachen, Germany), ISHS2012 (Porto, Portugal), and many more.

The 2018 ISHS edition will be held in Aachen, Germany. The surroundings of Aachen are characterized by a long tradition in hydraulic engineering being reflected in a large number of dams, weirs and other structures as well as a high density of consultancies and local water associations. The Local Organizing Committee is thus delighted to invite you to participate in the 7th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures, taking place on May 15 to 18, 2018, in Aachen, Germany.

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