To accomplish it's goals, USSD relies on the combined efforts of our committee. These committees are comprised of individuals that are committed to USSD mission and vision. Through their collaborative efforts USSD is able to have tremendous impact on the dam and levee industry.
Click on the headings below to learn more about the USSD committees and see how you can join their efforts.
The USSD Advocacy Committee serves as the clearinghouse to establish the position of USSD for any initiative that supports national, state, and local programs, legislation, and responses to significant events related to dams, levees, and water resources.
Annually USSD honors individuals and organizations through various awards, recognitions, and scholarships. The Awards Committee supports USSD annual awards program by facilitating the selection processes, promoting opportunities, and facilitating presentations.
The committee is directly responsible for the following awards:
- Kim de Rubertis Student Scholarships
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Excellence in Constructed Project Award
- Outstanding Paper Presentation Award
- Outstanding Paper Presentation by a Young Professional Award
- Outstanding Poster Award
The committee indirectly supports the following awards that are facilitated by other committees:
- Exceptional Young Professional of the Year Award
- Public Safety, Security and Emergency Management Recognition
- President's Award
The Bulletin Editorial Committee keeps the membership informed on items of key professional interest and technical activities by facilitating the publication of USSD's official magazine, Dams & Levees: Bulletin of the U.S. Society on Dams. This publication is published four times a year and is distributed to USSD members and others in the dam and levee profession.
The mission for the Committee on Climate Change for Dams and Reservoirs is to explore the nature and extent of geophysical and social risks induced by extreme climate patterns, the increasing vulnerability of communities to such impacts, how as a practice we can support our communities through technical leadership and innovation to foster enhanced resilience and longer-term adaptation.
The Concrete Dams Committee concentrates on activities related to examining the technologies used in the evaluation, design, and construction of new concrete dams and modifications of existing dams. It undertakes special studies, prepares reports, and disseminates selected information regarding the use of concrete for dams or corollary topics.
- Dam Raises
- Seismic Analysis of Concrete Dams
The Conference Technical Planning Committe oversees the development and delivery of the technical content presented at the annual conference. This includes technical sessions, legacy lectures, plenary sessions, workshops and technical tours.
The Construction and Rehabilitation Committee address the role of construction techniques, construction management, contract selection, cost implications/ trends and construction activities in building and maintaining dams and dam related infrastructure.
- Coffer Dams
- Cost of Estimating and Cost Trends
- Underwater Inspection & Construction
The Dam Decommissioning Committee provides a forum to discuss, develop, and share technical information about the decommissioning of dams. This technical information is used to provide dam owners, dam engineers and public safety officials, and other professionals with the information necessary to help guide decision-making when considering dam decommissioning as a project alternative.
Promotes all aspects of dam safety and security through study, compilation and interchange of information on legislation, policy, technical developments and actual performance and security requirements of dams and reservoirs; maintains information by states as to the laws relating to safety and security of dams and compiles information on dam safety and security incidents or failures of dams. Develop programs and tools which gather and disseminate dam safety and security information, coordinate and provide dam safety and security training for USSD members, and establish cooperative arrangements and partnerships with other organizations for the purpose of enhancing the dam safety and security of dams within the United States.
- Dam Failures & Incidents
The mission of USSD’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is to intentionally foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within the dams industry to provide a diverse and inclusive environment, and to focus on opportunities within the dams industry to champion members of diverse and underrepresented identities and backgrounds related to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, social and economic status, age, disability, religion, and more.
Identifies seismic problems relating to dams, and when there is a need to develop new knowledge, collects and disseminates that information.
Identify training topics and oversee organization of workshops, seminars, and webinars outside of annual conference.
- Risk Training
- Webinar & Workshop Development
Undertakes special studies, prepares reports and collects and disseminates data regarding the use of synthetic and natural materials in the construction of embankment dams.
The Foundations Committee studies the overall engineering and geological aspects of foundations for large dams and their appurtenant structures, as well as the reservoir floor and rim. The impact these aspects have on safe performance of the project are also examined.
The Hydraulics and Hydrology Committee supports and promotes advancement of the technical practices of hydrology and hydraulics as they relate to the evaluation of dams, spillways, and appurtenant structures. This includes flood analyses including design hydrology and flood flow frequency estimation; hydraulic design of spillways, outlet works, and other hydraulic structures related to multi-purpose project operation; analyses of floods resulting from dam failures and assessment of potential downstream consequences; hydraulic and hydrologic aspects of operation and maintenance; and reservoir sedimentation and sustainability.
- Gates and Valves
Coordinates USSD participation in ICOLD Congresses, including recommendations for Congress question topics and selection of USSD papers for publication in Congress Transactions.
Addresses levee issues, including levee systems, safety and safety programs, risk assessment and management, dam vs. levee concerns, levee security, peer and independent reviews, and other non-technical issues related to levees that are inter-disciplinary.
Compiles, analyzes and publishes information on the monitoring of dams for assuring continuing safe operations.
- Fully Grouted Piezometer Installations
- Seismic Instrumentation for Dams
Develops, maintains and communicates programs and tools which gather and disseminate public safety and security best practices for and around dams.
The main role of the USSD Committee on Young Professionals is to increase membership and participation of young professionals, those 35 years of age and under, in USSD.