2012 ASDSO - Association of State Dam Safety Officials


2012 ASDSO - Association of State Dam Safety Officials

T R A I N I N GAs part of its strategic mission,ASDSO administers a TechnicalTraining Program consisting ofa wide range of educational andnetworking opportunities.COMMITTEE CONTACTSASDSO’s Technical Training Committeewelcomes all input and suggestionsfrom ASDSO members and past trainingparticipants. Please contact TomWoosley, Committee Chair and BoardLiaison at tom_woosley@dnr.state.ga.us or Susan Sorrell, Training ProgramDirector at sasorrell@damsafety.org.CONFERENCES & SEMINARSASDSO Conferences include the annual national meeting, held every fall, and atleast one regional conference held each spring. The Conferences provide attendeeswith the opportunity to participate in technical and non-technical educationalsessions conducted by peers and experts in a variety of dam safety-relatedfields. Additional activities such as the exhibit shows, field trips, and roundtablediscussions provide valuable networking, problem-solving, and technology transferopportunities.The Southeast Region Biennial Conference -- May 6-9 in Louisville, KentuckyDam Safety 2012 -- the annual national conference -- September 16-20 inDenver, Colorado.Watch for details in the mail and on www.damsafety.org.The ASDSO Technical Seminars program offers participants in-depth study inspecific dam-related topics. One of the 2012 technical seminars is partially fundedby the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Dam Safety Program(NDSP), and two are being offered as a result of a partnership between ASDSO andthe USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).A complete calendar of ASDSO training and details on the technical seminars arelisted in this booklet.PROGRAM OF STUDYIn 2010, ASDSO’s Technical Training Committee updated its list of technical topicsthat should be included in a complete dam safety Program of Study. Many ofthese topics are currently addressed through courses offered by ASDSO and otherorganizations. ASDSO encourages the distribution and use of the Program of Studyas a reference for all dam safety professionals pursuing professional developmentopportunities. The Training Committee is working to expand the new topics list toinclude both classroom and web-based courses offered by universities and damsafety-related professional organizations, as well as publications in each area ofstudy. ASDSO members are encouraged to submit suggested listings to info@damsafety.org.DISTANCE LEARNINGWith the support of the National Dam Safety Program, ASDSO’s distance trainingprogram was successfully launched in 2010 and will continue to evolve in thecoming year. The library of archived webinars now includes nine titles.• Guidelines for Assigning Erodibility Parameters to Soil Horizons for SITES• Pitfalls in Quality Control Processes for Compacted Earth Fill• Empirical Estimates of Permeability for Earth Dam Projects• Hydrology 101 for Dam Safety• Hydraulics 101: Intro to Hydraulics for Dam Safety• Filter Design History and a One-Step Design Process• RCC – Design and Construction of Water Control Structures• Risk Assessment Basics for an Individual Dam• Risk Management for a Portfolio of Dams (available mid-December, 2011)Registration for the archived version of any of these 2 hour webinars is $95 perperson and includes a certificate for professional development credit. The webinarcan be viewed on-demand up to 25 viewings per registration. Alternatively, therecorded presentations can be purchased in CD format from ASDSO’s on-lineBookstore (PDHs are not included with the CD).In 2012, the expanded distance learning program will contain eleven live webinarevents. See page 3 for a complete list and registration information.1

Course Descriptions for Classroom SeminarsINSPECTION AND ASSESSMENT OF DAMSJanuary 17-19, 2012Holiday Inn and Suites, McKinney, TexasCOURSE OBJECTIVES: This seminar provides comprehensive instruction ininspection and evaluation techniques for dams. Although the content hasbeen tailored to focus on NRCS dams and NRCS policies and requirements, theprinciples, concepts and procedures taught will be readily adaptable to anyorganization conducting dam inspections and evaluating their compliancewith current design standards. The target audience is NRCS personnel andstate dam safety officials, however, dam owners, engineers and personnelresponsible for the operation and maintenance of dams will find the courserelevant. Participants will be familiarized with a variety of dam types and theirappurtenances, instructed in the function of typical dam features, and becomeaware of common dam failure modes and the conditions that can led to thesefailure modes. Actual dam failure cases will be presented so that participantswill grasp the seriousness and responsibilities associated with performingdam inspections, and know what to look for and be able to identify potentialdeficiencies at dams before they become a problem.Acceptable standards for the condition and operation and maintenance of damswill be presented. The importance of reviewing pertinent records, conductingvisual examinations, and monitoring instrumentation will be emphasized.Participants will be introduced to specialized inspection techniques, includingconfined space entry, conduit inspections using remotely operated vehicles(ROVs), and underwater diving inspection. The seminar includes a visit to alocal NRCS dam to practice inspection techniques, observe a conduit inspectionusing an ROV, observe the proper operation of water control gates, and collectdam instrumentation readings.This is a BASIC LEVEL seminar. There are no specific education or experienceprerequisites for this course, although some knowledge/experience in damsafety would be beneficial.OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Call the Holiday Inn toll free reservationsat 1-800-465-4329 and request the Holiday Inn and Suites, 3220 Craig Drive,McKinney, Texas. Please mention the ASDSO Dam Safety Technical Seminar inorder to receive the ASDSO group room rate of $99 single or double occupancyplus tax per night. Reservations must be made before the cutoff date ofDecember 23, 2011 to assure availability. For maps, driving directions and otherdetails, visit www.holidayinn.com and search on McKinney, Texas.INSTRUCTORS: Paul G. Schweiger, P.E., Engineering Manager, Gannett Fleming,Inc.; Robert Saber, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc.; and GenePeters, President, Performance Plus.CONTINUING EDUCATION: Up to 20 PDHs are available for attending thisthree-day course.FEES: $400 per attendeeAdd $25 late fee for registrations received after January 9.Registration fees include all course materials, daily refreshment breaks, as well aslunch and transportation for the field trip.PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS REVIEW ANDCONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS FOR DAMS ANDANCILLARY STRUCTURESFebruary 7-8, 2012 in Jacksonville, FloridaCOURSE OBJECTIVES: Important aspects of dam safety are the design andconstruction of the structure and appurtenant structures. The foundation fordam safety is established in the development of the detailed design drawingsand project specifications, and implemented in construction of the project.Technical reviewers have the important role of checking to establish if thedesign meets the department requirements and criteria that have beendeveloped by the regulatory agency following the design phase. Designsinvolving the subsurface soil and geologic conditions also must be adaptedto actual conditions encountered during construction: The geotechnicalinvestigation is not complete until construction has been completed. Thisseminar will focus on: 1) The design review for dam safety, including what isimportant and how to avoid getting side-tracked by non-safety related issues,and 2) What to look for in construction inspection and addressing unexpectedconditions.This is a BASIC LEVEL technical seminar. Participants should have abachelor’s degree in civil engineering and at least 5 years of experience designor construction of dams, or 10 years of related technical experience in theinvestigation, design, or construction of dams and reservoirs.INSTRUCTORS: Terrence E. (Terry) Arnold, P.E., Senior Project Manager andVice-President, MWH Americas, Inc.; Daniel Johnson, P.E., MS., Vice President,Tetra Tech, Inc.; and Paul Blaszczyk, P.E., MWH Americas, Inc.CONTINUING EDUCATION: Up to 15 PDHs are available for attendingthis two-day course.FEES: ASDSO Member $400; Non-member $500Add $25 late fee for registrations received after January 30Registration fees include all course materials, continental breakfast,and coffee breaks.DAM FAILURES AND LESSONS LEARNEDApril 10-12, 2012 in New Brunswick, New JerseyCOURSE OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this two and a half day technicalseminar include:Understanding the two primary mechanisms of dam failure, overtopping andseepage and internal erosion.Applying the lessons learned from various case histories to understandingthe most important elements of designs and operations that can reduce thelikelihood of dam failures.Becoming familiar with the terminology and steps involved in probablefailure modes analyses and risk evaluations.Understanding the parameters involved in breach analyses and prediction.Recognizing and defining the primary defensive design measures used mostoften to increase the resistance of dams to various failure modes.Becoming familiar with actions and tools needed to provide proactivereaction to emergency events to avert failures.This is a BASIC LEVEL seminar. Participants should have a bachelor of sciencedegree in engineering or have a civil engineering technician certification andseveral years’ experience in dam safety activities.INSTRUCTORS: Danny K. McCook, P.E., McCook Geotechnical Engineering PLLC(retired NRCS); John Cyganiewicz, Cyganiewicz Geotechnical, LLC (retired USBR);Darrel M. Temple, P.E., D.WRE (retired USDA-ARS); and Debora J. Miller, P.E., Ph.D.,Miller Geotechnical ConsultantsCONTINUING EDUCATION: Up to 18 PDHs are available for attending this twoand a half-day course.FEES: ASDSO Member $450; Non-member $550Add $25 late fee for registrations received after April 9Registration fees include all course materials, continental breakfast, and coffee breaks.2

ASDSO WebinarsFUNDAMENTALS OF REINFORCED CONCRETEDESIGN FOR HYDRAULIC STRUCTURES(1) March 6-7, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona(2) June 27-28, 2012 in Columbus, OHCOURSE OBJECTIVES: This seminar will provide a thorough coverageof the fundamentals of specifying the fresh and hardened properties ofconcrete mixes; the review of applicable ACI and building codes; the designphilosophy and methodology of reinforced concrete hydraulic structures;and issues associated with the construction process. This course is intendedas an introductory course for persons who have minimal to moderateexperience with designing reinforced concrete structures. Hands-onproblem solving exercises will be used extensively during the course.This is a BASIC LEVEL course. Participants should have a bachelor’s degreein civil engineering or related field, and three or more years of experience isrecommended.INSTRUCTORS: Edward Deaver, Technical Services Engineer, Holcim (US)Inc; and Dr. Paul Ziehl, P.E., Associate Professor of Civil and EnvironmentalEngineering, and Director of the Structures Research Laboratory, Universityof South Carolina..CONTINUING EDUCATION: Up to 15 PDHs are available for attending thistwo-day course.FEES: ASDSO Member $400; Non-member $500Add $25 late fee for registrations received after February 27 (Phoenix)Registration fees include all course materials, daily continental breakfasts, andcoffee breaks.EMERGENCY ACTION PLANNING FOR DAM SAFETYMay 1-2, 2012 in Boston, MassachusettsCOURSE OBJECTIVES: This course is intended to provide both thenovice and experienced dam safety emergency planner with valuablelessons and skills that will allow them to develop new EAPs and improvethe effectiveness of existing EAPs. The course is a hands-on, interactiveworkshop, covering the basic elements and knowledge required to prepare,implement, update, and review effective EAPs that will mesh with theconstantly changing emergency management community. The agenda isstructured to answer the following key questions:1 Why are EAPs important?2 What are the important components of an effective EAP?3 How do you develop, update, and test an EAP?There are no specific education or experience prerequisites for this course,although some knowledge/experience in dam safety would be beneficial.INSTRUCTORS: John W. France, P.E., and Gregg Batchelder-Adams, P.E., ofURS Corporation, Denver, CO; and Stephen L. Jamieson, P.E., of W.W. Wheeler& Associates, Inc. in Englewood, COCONTINUING EDUCATION: Up to 13 PDHs are available for attending thistwo-day course.FEES: $300 per attendeeAdd $25 late fee for registrations received after April 23Registration fees include all course materials, daily continental breakfasts, andcoffee breaks.ASDSO WebinarsASDSO is pleased to present a series of eleven webinars in 2012, to beconducted by known experts in a variety of technical specialties. Livebroadcasts are scheduled for 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm eastern.January 10: Structural Condition Assessment of Dams withNondestructive Evaluation MethodsInstructor: Larry D. Olson, P.E., Olson EngineeringFebruary 14: Field Investigations for New and Existing DamsInstructor: Ray Martin, Ph.D., P.E., REM, LLCMarch 13: Hydrology 201 for Dam SafetyInstructor: Dr. Arthur C. Miller, P.E., AECOMApril 10: PMP and the History of HMRsInstructor: Edward M. Tomlinson, Ph.D., Applied Weather AssociatesMay 15: Hydraulics 201 for Dam SafetyInstructor: Dr. Arthur C. Miller, P.E., AECOMJune 12: Emergency Action Plan BasicsInstructor: John W. France, P.E., URS CorporationJuly 12: Introduction to Gravity Dam DesignInstructor: Robert A. Kline, Jr., P.E., Gannett Fleming, Inc.August 14: Introduction to Physical Modeling of Spillways for DamsInstructor: Steven L. Barfuss, P.E., Utah State University, Utah WaterResearch LaboratoryOctober 9: Introduction to Foundation Grouting forNew and Existing DamsInstructors: Dan Stare and David B. Wilson, P.E., Gannett Fleming, Inc.November 13: Introduction to Earth Spillway Design and EvaluationInstructor: Darrel M. Temple, P.E., D.WRE (retired USDA-ARS)December 11: Introduction to Internal Drainage Systems for DamsInstructor: James R. Talbot, P.E., Independent Consulting EngineerOn-Line Registration for ASDSO Webinars: View agenda details andregister on-line at: http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/asdso/index.php.Each webinar is scheduled to last two hours, including ample time for Q& A. Participants can register for either the live broadcast or the archivedrecording, which is available after the live presentation for on-demandviewing. The registration fee includes access to the webinar; copies of thepowerpoint slides and other helpful references provided by the instructor(s);and access to the webinar assessment tool which must be completed bythe registrant in order to receive the PDH credits. The certificate for twoprofessional development hours is automatically generated in the name ofthe original registrant and may be downloaded upon completion of the postwebinarquiz.A note about watching the webinars in a group: Participants are welcomeand encouraged to view the webinars in a group setting. Only oneregistration for the live event is needed to show the broadcast. Individualswho watch the live event in a group setting, and also wish to receive thePDH credits, should register for the archived version of the webinar. You willreceive a link to access the webinar for on-demand viewing (available for upto 12 months after the broadcast) and will have the opportunity to completethe assessment survey required for the PDH certificate.Visit ASDSO’s on-line Bookstore for information on previous web trainingevents that are now available in CD or DVD format.3

ASDSO Classroom PhilosophyASDSO DistanceLearning PhilosophyASDSO’s Technical TrainingCommittee has developed a list ofcore courses which are viewed asessential in providing an engineerwith a well-rounded knowledge ofdams. These topics were identifiedas top priority among the manyareas of expertise listed in theASDSO Program of Study.Starting in 2013, the following12 classroom core courses willbe offered on a regular basis byASDSO. The committee recognizesthat many areas of expertiseand topics are addressed bynon-ASDSO sponsored training,publications or resources. Theseother opportunities have beencatalogued at the ASDSO websitein the Training Calendar.2012 ASDSOGo to www.damsafety.org toview the Training Calendarand Technical ResourceCenter. Here you will be ableto search by technical topicand step through the ASDSOProgram of Study to findtools and training relevant todam safety.T R A I N I N GCORE CLASSROOM CURRICULUMCATEGORY: DAM SAFETY PROGRAMMANAGEMENTCOURSE: Plans and Specs Review(basic level course)*Note: The course is combined and taught togetherwith the topic “Construction Inspections”COURSE: Dam Failure Incidents andLessons Learned (basic level course)CATEGORY: EMERGENCY ACTIONPLANNINGCOURSE: Interactive Preparedness &Emergency Action Planning for Dams(basic level course)CATEGORY: GEOTECHNICALCOURSE: Soil Mechanics for Dam Safety(basic level course)COURSE: Slope Stability Analysis ofEmbankment Dams(advanced level course)COURSE: Seepage for Earth Dams(advanced level course)CATEGORY: HYDROLOGYCOURSE: HEC-HMS (basic level course)COURSE: HEC-RAS (basic level course)CATEGORY: INSPECTIONSCOURSE: Inspection and Assessment ofDams (basic level course)COURSE: Construction Inspections forDams & Ancillary Structures(basic level course)*Note: The course is combined and taught togetherwith the topic “Plans and Specs Review”CATEGORY: DAM SITE SECURITYCOURSE: Dam Security and ProtectionCATEGORY: STRUCTURALCOURSE: Fundamentals of ReinforcedConcrete Design for Hydraulic Structures(basic level course)COURSE: Conduits, Valves & Gates (basiclevel course)From time-to-time, ASDSO will add otherbasic or advanced classroom courses onan as-needed basis.Understanding growingtravel and time restrictions,ASDSO continues to expandits web-based trainingprogram. In 2012, the goal isto provide 2 hour webinarsonce per month, with topnotchexperts offeringinteractive training on topicswithin the ASDSO Programof Study. These webinarsare archived within a virtualbookstore along withpreviously heldon-line courses, so that alibrary of short-topic courseswill be available in all areaswithin the Program of Study.4

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