2023 Technical Program

The USSD annual conference travels to beautiful Charleston, SC in 2023.  Charleston’s  waterfront city will provide a rich history and culture center for the conference venue. Charleston was founded in 1670, and is cited for its beauty, history, restaurants, livability, and romantic appeal for visitors.

Charleston is among the East Coast’s most vulnerable metropolitan areas to rising seas and a changing climate and offers an inside view of the potential near future challenges for other coastal communities. Getting to solutions is going to be difficult and expensive, for Charleston, with an estimated price tag surpassing $2 billon for critical flood control infrastructure including levees and seawalls.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) bill designates $50 billion for climate resilience, as more frequent and severe droughts, heat waves, floods and wildfires ravage the country. Of this amount more than $6 billion will head to South Carolina over the next five-year period.

The 2023 USSD conference theme – Infrastructure Resiliency through Risk Management – was developed based on the need for more understanding related to climate change impacts on our infrastructure through the development of risk based prioritization methods.

Conference Abstracts

General Guidelines

Abstract submissions must be for proposed papers or expanded abstracts that are original and have not been published or accepted in a journal or conference proceedings, nor presented at another conference. Submissions must not be concurrently under consideration for publication or presentation elsewhere.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Please do not include tables, figures, photographs, or logos in your abstract. Please note the July 14 deadline for submitting abstracts.

Submission Details

Submission details can be found on the USSD CATALYST website https://catalyst.omnipress.com/ussd_2023

More Information

For more information, contact: 2023conference@ussdams.org, 303-792-8753

Technical Program Chair: Ed Toms, AECOM, 2023conference@ussdams.org

Director of Education and Professional Development: Laura Wright, laura@ussdams.org

Conference Workshops

The U.S. Society on Dams (USSD) Technical Conference Planning Committee would like to invite you to submit a proposal for consideration for participation in the 2023 USSD Annual Conference. USSD workshops are in person, 4 or 8 hour interactive presentations.

Presentation Topics

We seek presenters to share leading-edge ideas, inspire enlightening discussions and convey the fundamentals to master the subject matter. Topics are selected based on USSD Technical Conference Planning Committee recommendations, member surveys, success of past events, timeliness of topics and relevance of topic.

The goals of all USSD events and education are to:

  • Provide high quality and engaging educational presentations with knowledgeable speakers to the USSD audience.
  • Facilitate the professional development and growth of our education event attendees.

How to Submit

Please submit your information and proposed workshop details to the USSD Technical Conference Planning Committee for consideration along with the following:

  • Bio describing your credentials for speaking on this subject.
  • Presentation Summary including:
    • A list of three to five learning objectives.
    • The specific benefits participants will take away.

Submissions should be sent to 2023conference@ussdams.org subject line Workshop Submission by July 20, 2022