Upcoming USSD Conferences and Workshops

Underwater Construction and Design: a Modern Approach

When:

August 18, 2022

Where:

Online

Underwater Construction and Design: a Modern Approach

2 PDHs

The speakers, all involved in various aspects of underwater construction, will touch base on:

• What will it cost? The numbe…

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Developments in Seismic Hazard Assessment in the Central and Eastern United States

When:

September 15, 2022

Where:

Online

Developments in Seismic Hazard Assessment in the

Central and Eastern United States

2 PDHs

The course will begin with a description of the available approaches, seismic source models, and …

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Fall 2022 Fundamentals of Facilitating a Semi-Quantitative Risk Analysis

When:

October 04 - 05, 2022

Where:

Lowry Conference Center, Denver, CO

Fall 2022 Fundamentals of Facilitating a Semi-Quantitative Risk Analysis

In-Person Workshop

Denver, CO

October 4-5 2022

 Eligible for 16 PDHs

Overview / Learning Objectives

The Dam and Levee Safety industry is in the process of adopting Risk-Informed Decision Making (RIDM) as a framework for identifying and managing risks associated with dams and levees.  A core component of RIDM is risk analysis workshops. In these workshops a team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), aided by a Facilitator:

1. Consider all the relevant information for a specific dam or levee (drawings, photos, history, studies, etc.)
2. Select the appropriate approach to …

 

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Fall 2022 Understanding Potential Life Loss from Flooding; What’s going on inside LifeSim?

When:

October 04 - 05, 2022

Where:

Lowry Conference Center, Denver, CO

Fall 2022 Understanding Potential Life Loss from Flooding; What’s going on inside LifeSim?

In-Person Workshop

Denver, CO

October 4 – 5, 2022

 Eligible for 16 PDHs

The workshop will highlight how LifeSim was developed to effectively support reduction of life safety risks associated with flooding; evaluate existing and residual risks against tolerable risk guidelines; calculate life loss and economic damages; understand life loss dynamics associated with floods; and create or improve existing emergency action plans (EAPs).

Several Federal agencies and dam and levee owners have made significant efforts over the years to better understand and quantify the risk of their dam and levee portfolios. The dam and levee safety community is relatively familiar with potential failure mode analysis and estimating failure likelihoods, but there is less…

 

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Fall 2022 Static and Dynamic Liquefaction Assessment of Dams

When:

October 06, 2022

Where:

Lowry Conference Center, Denver, CO

Fall 2022 Static and Dynamic Liquefaction Assessment of Dams

In-Person Workshop

Denver, CO

October 6, 2022

 Eligible for 8 PDHs

Static liquefaction has been in the spotlight of different technical communities as it has been associated with numerous recent failures of tailings storage facilities (e.g., the 2019 failure of Dam I at the Corrego de Feijao mine in Brumadinho, Brazil) and water reservoir dams (e.g., the 2020 failure of Edenville dam in Michigan). Similarly, earthquake-induced liquefaction has caused major damage to earth dams and other infrastructure (e.g., slope deformation of Lower San Fernando dam during the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, failure of the Tapo Canyon dailings dam during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and flow slide of the Las Palmas tailings dam during the 2011 Maule earthquake).  

This 1-day workshop will discuss core concepts of static and cyclic liquefaction relying on the critical state soil mechanics framework and outline how static and cyclic liquefaction …

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Fall 2022 Leveraging PFMA to Perform SQRA

When:

October 04 - 06, 2022

Where:

Lowry Conference Center, Denver, CO

Fall 2022 Leveraging PFMA to Perform SQRA 

In-Person Workshop

Denver, CO

October 4-6 2022

 Eligible for 22 PDHs

Over the last several years there has been a strong move towards incorporating Risk Informed Decision Making as a cornerstone of dam safety programs. These efforts have built on the approaches used by federal dam safety owners (Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority) and now include utilities and state dam safety programs. In April of this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) put into effect new regulations (specifically 18 CFR 12) to require a Level 2 risk analysis (which utilizes semi-quantitative approaches) as part of the comprehensive assessments of dams.

Many PFMA’s have been performed for state- and federally-regulated dams, and as a result…

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Fall 2022 Structural Behavior of Dams

When:

October 04 - 06, 2022

Where:

Lowry Conference Center, Denver, CO

Fall 2022 Structural Behavior of Dams

In-Person Workshop

Denver, CO

October 4-6 2022

 Eligible for 24 PDHs

Part of the 2022 Fall Workshop Series taking place in person in Denver, CO, Bruce Brand’s “Structural Behavior of Dams” is a 3-day course on Dam Engineering.  It is at the same time very theoretical and very practical.  Theory is presented and then applied to real-world dam engineering situations. Bruce originally developed the course for FERC engineers, but now is offering it to the dam engineering community. 

Classes are small; no more than 12 students.

Target Audience: Experienced engineers, this workshop will not be appropriate for novices…

 

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Team Dynamics – Formation and Cycle

When:

November 17, 2022

Where:

Online

Team Dynamics – Formation and Cycle

2 PDHs

Research into team dynamics has highlighted psychological safety as a distinguishing characteristic of high performing teams. Within such teams, th…

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2023 USSD Annual Conference & Exhibition

When:

April 17 - 21, 2023

Where:

Charleston, SC

April 17 – 21, 2023

Infrastructure Resiliency Through Risk Management

Join USSD and colleagues in beautiful Charleston, SC at the North Charleston Embassy Suites.

Call for Papers Opens May 12, 2022

Abstracts Due July 7, 2022

Dam and levee professionals are invited to submit abstracts addressing the conference theme and other technical topics.

  • Concrete Dams
  • Construction and Rehabilitation
  • Dam Decommissioning
  • Dam Safety
  • Earthquakes
  • Embankment Dams
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Foundations
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • Levees
  • Monitoring of Dams and their Foundations
  • Public Safety and Security for Dams
  • Tailings Dams
  • Other Contemporary Issues

Abstract acceptance or rejection notices will be sent on 9.1.2022. For those that are accepted, draft papers or expanded abstracts will be due 10.24.2022.                                 

Abstract Submission Site: https://catalyst.omnipress.com/ussd_2023

 Technical Program Chair:   Ed Toms, AECOM

 Technical Program Vice-Chair: Aimee Corn, Gannett Fleming

 Conference Email:  2023conference@ussdams.org

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