Dam Model Competition

The Dam Model competition calls for college student design teams to construct a dam model (tabletop size) based on the criteria discussed below. University student groups, student branches of professional organizations, or other students interested in dam safety are encouraged to apply. The Dam Model Competition is organized by the Committee on Education Outreach and funded by the Bruce Tschantz Memorial Fund.

The application period for the 2021 competition is closed.


Application Requirements

  • Team Member Names and Affiliations
  • Team Leader and Co-Leader (if used)
  • Technical Advisor to Team (if used)
  • Sketch(es) of proposed dam model and description of major components
  • Proposed budget to build the dam (not to exceed $500)
  • Schedule for model development 
  • Plans for use of the model after it is built. Special consideration given to unique uses (e.g., children’s museums, schools, etc.)

Selection Criteria

  • Completeness of application (based on requirements above)
  • Unique aspects of proposed model (e.g., dambreak, hydropower, gated spillways, rainfall-runoff, etc.)
  • Technical merit
  • Budget and schedule
  • Plans for the model to promote dam safety in the community 

Winning Prize

Based on the selection criteria above, one team will be selected to receive the following:

  • Funding to build the model on the schedule provided
  • Complimentary full conference registration for up to 2 team members at an upcoming ASDSO Conference 
  • $500 honorarium to team   
  • Travel and accommodations covered for up to 2 team members to an upcoming ASDSO Conference
  • Invitation to present model at an upcoming ASDSO Regional Conference. Ground shipping of model to and from conference is included. 


If you have technical questions regarding the dam model competition please contact Ross Brown at ross.brown at damsafety.org or by calling (859) 550-2788 x5.  

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