Seminar On Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams
For Domestic Audience
May 23-27, 2011
Because the often-catastrophic consequences of dam failure are unacceptable, the need for trained personnel is essential. This seminar provides attendees with comprehensive instruction in dam safety examination and evaluation. Although references will be made to organizational procedures and units of Reclamation, the principles, concepts, and procedures are readily adaptable to any organization conducting a regulatory or in-house dam safety program for existing dams.
The basic seminar emphasizes the importance of dam safety and provides information and instruction in dam safety surveillance, including periodic review of pertinent records, visual examination, and monitoring of instrumentation. Hydrologic considerations, concrete repair, remedial measures for dams, and emergency action planning are also discussed. The seminar is suitable for engineers, technicians, maintenance personnel, and administrators responsible for dams.
The seminar includes a visit to local Colorado dams to practice inspection techniques.
In addition to the basic seminar, three concurrent workshops are being presented on Thursday afternoon to provide more information on the following subject areas:
- Engineering Geology and Dam Safety Workshop presents an introduction to geologic investigation and evaluation relative to dam safety static and seismic issues.
- Evaluation and Response to Seepage, Uplift, and Piping Concerns presents seepage process and failure modes, types of sinkhole formations, and approaches for investigating and responding to seepage piping and uplift conditions.
- Emergency Management presents key elements of a dam owner's responsibilities to the population at risk, namely detection, decision making, and notification.
The seminar instructors will be a group of professional engineers and geologists who have a great deal of experience and knowledge in the areas of design, construction, operation, maintenance, instrumentation, and dam safety evaluation. Many of these personnel were involved in developing Reclamation's Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams (SEED) Manual and in conducting training programs for Reclamation and other US and foreign personnel involved in dam safety.
Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Denver International Airport. Shuttle service (Super Shuttle, www.supershuttledenver.com , 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826), or phone 303-370-1300) , with a fare of about $30.00 each way for each passenger. The RTD Skyride, Route Schedule AF (http://www.rtd-denver.com/skyRide_SubHome.shtml for information on rates and schedules) is available to the Cold Springs Park-N-Ride (across West 4th Street from the hotel complex), with a fare of $13 each way for each passenger. Reclamation will provide transportation to and from the dam sites during the week.
The seminar will be held at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel and Conference Center, 360 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, CO. A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of May 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26. As of the date of this posting, room rates are $129 per night single (before taxes). To make hotel reservations, call the Sheraton Hotel before May 13, 2011 at 303-987-2000 and refer to your Group "Bureau of Reclamation SEED SEMINAR" to receive the special rate.
Lodging includes complimentary full breakfast buffet.
May 23, Monday - 8:00-4:15
- Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Dam Safety Perspectives
- Operation and Maintenance Perspectives
- Lessons from Dam Incidents
- Identification of Failure Modes
- Hydrologic Considerations
- Geology and Dam Safety
May 24, Tuesday - 8:00-4:15
- Examination of Embankment Dams
- Examination of Concrete Dams
- Examination of Appurtenant Works
- Examination and Testing of Mechanical Equipment
- Evaluation of Facility Emergency Preparedness
- Instrumented Monitoring of Dams
- Preparation for Field Examinations
May 25, Wednesday - 7:30-4:00
- Field Examination of Dams (May be moved or canceled due to weather)
May 26, Thursday - 8:00-4:15
- Response to Dam Incidents
- Dam Security
- Emergency Action Planning
- Early Warning Systems
- Overtopping Protection
- Concrete Repair
Concurrent Afternoon Workshops:
Evaluation and Response to Seepage, Uplift, and Piping Concerns
- Characteristics of Physical Processes
- Sinkhole Formations
- Investigations and Response
Engineering Geology and Dam Safety
- Remote Video Inspection of Toe Drains, Pipelines, and Conduits
- Drilling and Sampling Methods
- Drilling in Embankment Dams
- Foundation Preparation and Cleanup
- Geophysical Testing Tools
- Case History – A.V. Watkins Dam, Utah
Emergency Management (EM)
- EM Process
- Emergency Action Plans and Local Emergency Operation Plans
- Dam Owner Responsibilities
- Decision Making
- Areas to Assist Downstream Agencies
- Developing warning and evacuation plans
- Digitized inundation maps
- Dam specific annex
May 27, Friday - 8:00-11:30
- Risk Assessment
- Case Histories: Corrective Action for Embankment Dams
- Case Histories: Corrective Action for Concrete Dams and Appurtenances
Registration and Seminar Fee
To register, please fill out the registration form and return it no later than May 13, 2011. Registration will be limited, and applications for attendance will receive consideration according to the order in which they are received. The registration fee is expected to be $800 per person for the seminar which includes a seminar notebook (not available separately); Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams Manual; the book, "Dams and Public Safety," and some additional material to supplement the lectures. It is suggested that you leave space in your luggage for these books.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Full seminar completion is approximately 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Each CEU equals 10 Professional Development Hours or 10 contact hours of instruction. Full seminar completion is approved for about 3 CEUs. Certificates of attendance will be available at the conclusion of the seminar.
If you have any questions regarding registration, please call Mr. Charlie Swanson at (303) 445-2757. If you require further technical information about the seminar, please call Mr. Bill Bouley at (303) 445-2754.
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