USSD honors an individual whose lifetime of dedication and achievement has contributed significantly to the dam engineering profession.
Dr. Hank Falvey
This Award recognizes the significant contributions made to the dam community and to society through the construction, remediation or removal of a dam or water resources structure. The Award will honor an individual or team of professionals who meet the challenges of the nation's aging infrastructure in an era of limited financial resources and increasing environmental awareness.
Chilhowee Dam North Embankment Remediation Project
Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower, LLC – Owner
Barnard Construction Company, Inc. – Contractor
WSP USA – Engineer
The outgoing USSD President selects this award to recognize a Member who has provided exceptional service to the Society.
This annual award recognizes the outstanding paper presented during each USSD Conference.
Robert Rinehart and Blake Armstrong, US Bureau of Reclamation – Soil Strength Measurement over a Range of Strains for Embankment Dam Deformation Modeling
This annual award recognizes the outstanding paper presented by a Young Professional during each USSD Conference.
Ali Reza Firoozfar, HDR – Generalized Programmatic Framework for Spillway Inspection and Potential Failure Modes Assessment
This annual award recognizes the outstanding poster presentation during each USSD Conference.
Travis Ford, HDR – Optimization of Hydraulic Structure Inspection Intervals Using Data and Artificial Intelligence
Dams are identified in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan as a Critical Infrastructure. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) notes, “Critical infrastructure owners and operators are uniquely positioned to manage risks to their individual operations and assets, and to determine effective strategies to make them more secure and resilient.” Individual efforts to manage risk are enhanced by a collaborative public-private partnership that operates as a unified national effort, as opposed to a hierarchical, command-and-control structure.
Organizations, specific projects, and individuals have taken the call to lead the Dam industry in establishing public safety and security standards & guidelines, enhancing public safety and security and public safety controls, providing education and raising awareness, and staying situationally aware of changing and evolving threats and increased public safety risks. The Physical, Personnel, Information, and Cyber components of a public safety and security practice are challenging enough for traditional buildings and structures, but their application to Dams presents a unique ability that requires professional artistry that shouldn’t go without recognition.
It is for this purpose that this recognition was established by the Committee on Public Safety and Security for Dams.
To submit a nomination, please click on the Public Safety and Security Recognition link to the left.
Ontario Power Generation
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