Dam Safety 2018: Agenda

*Please note the conference agenda is tentative and subject to change. Updated June 19, 2018

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7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Speaker Preview Room Open

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:30 am • Opening General Session

  • Welcome and ASDSO Annual Report
    Jonathon Garton, P.E., ASDSO President

  • 90th Anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Failure: Lessons Learned, and Still to be Learned

    Highlights: The Dam and How it Failed
    Historical Context and Failure Consequences
    Human Factors Contributing to the Failure
    Oroville Incident: What Was Learned and (Especially) Not Learned from St. Francis?

    Speakers & Contributors: Jon Wilkman, Wilkman Productions, Inc., Nathaniel Gee, P.E., Group Manager, Bureau of Reclamation; Irfan Alvi, President and Chief Engineer, Alvi Associates; and Johnathon Atkins, Engineer in Training, Dam Safety, MS Department of Environmental Quality

9:30 am - 10:00 am • Refreshment Break

10:00 am - 11:30 am • Concurrent Session One: Communications (Communicating with Non-Engineers) - Moderated by: Dena C. Barnhouse, P.E., Ohio Division of Water Resources

  • What was the Value of Flood Control during Last Week’s Storm? Use the New NRCS National Watershed Benefits Model
    • Larry Caldwell, P.E., Watershed Specialist (Retired), Gary Utley, P.E., Hydraulic Engineer, and Jim Henley, GIS Specialist (Retired), USDA - NRCS
  • An Improved Approach to Explaining Dam Breach Information to First Responders
    • Benjamin Israel-Devadason, Senior Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineer, and Paul Schweiger, Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Dam Ownership Risks and Burdens: Raising Public Awareness through Educating Real Estate Agents
    • Emma Moradi, Staff Engineer, and Yohanes Sugeng, Engineering Manager, OK Water Resources Board

10:00 am - 11:30 am • Concurrent Session Two: Seepage - Moderated by Dennis J. Hogan, P.E., AECOM

  • First secant pile dam repair in Sweden
    • Ingvar Ekström, Project Manager, Carl-Anders Andersson, Senior Dam Expert, and Magnus Ljunggren, Project Manager, Sweco Energuide
  • Considerations for Embankment Toe Drain Design: An Inspection and Maintenance Perspective
    • Brian Hart, Resource Group Supervisor, Grand Coulee Power Office, Mike Freeman, Civil Engineer, Provo Area Office, Ryan Proctor, Supervisor, Force Account, Provo Area Office, and Nathan Lowe, Civil Engineer, Great Plains Regional Office, Bureau of Reclamation; and Mark Pabst, Private Consultant
  • Oroville Dam Vegetated Area Study
    • Ryan Matthew Abernathy, Water Resources Engineer, California Department of Water Resources; and Les F. Harder, Jr., Senior Professional Associate, HDR Engineering, Inc.

10:00 am - 11:30 am • Concurrent Session Three: Hydrologic Modeling - Moderated by Reinaldo Garcia, Ph.D., Hydronia, LLC

  • Risk-Based Forecasting to Support Operational Decision Making in the Eastern Sierras
    • Nicole Novembre, President, Brava Engineering; Bruce Barker, Principal Engineer, MGS Engineering; Jason Caldwell, Principal Hydrometeorologist, Weather & Water, Inc.; Blake Allen, Meteorological Programmer, MetStat, Inc.; and Matthew Muto, Senior Dam Safety Engineer, and John Dong, Dam Safety Engineer, Southern California Edison
  • SSPMP, RIDM, Climate Uncertainty, and U.S.
    • Michael McMahon, Senior Hydro-meteorologist/Climate and Resiliency Lead, HDR Engineering Inc.
  • Exploring the Use of Physically Based Distributed Parameter Hydrologic Models for Dam Safety Studies in Small Ungauged Basins
    • Chandler S. Engel, Research Civil Engineer, Meghan C. Quinn, Research Geotechnical Engineer, Shaun R. Stanton, and Jeffery D. Ellis, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
  • NRCS-DamWatch, Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead
    • Stephen Durgin, P.E., National Design Engineer, Noller Herbert, Director, and Larry Caldwell, P.E., Earth Team Volunteer (Retired), USDA - NRCS; and Joseph Scannell, President/CEO, USES Corp.

10:00 am - 11:30 am • Concurrent Session Four: Concrete Arch Dams - Moderated by Terry Arnold, P.E., AECOM

  • Methods to Better Understand Seismic Behavior of Concrete Arch Dams
    • Aimee Laura Corn, Civil/Structural Engineer, and Guy S. Lund, Principal Engineer, Gannett Fleming, Inc.; and Erin K. Gleason, Dam Safety Engineer, and Darren Brinker, Engineering Manager - Dam Safety, Denver Water
  • In Situ Stress Measurements and Instrumentation Installation – Duke Energy Walters Dam, Waynesville, North Carolina
    • Andy Shaffer, Associate & Field Services Manager, Leo J. Gilbride, P.E., P.Eng., Vice President and Principal, Erik Hemstad, Senior Engineer, Benjamin Haveman, Rock Mechanics Technician, and Rex Goodrich, P.E., P.Eng., Senior Associate, Agapito Associates, Inc.; Clinton Forsha, P.E., PMP, Geotechnical Engineer, HDR Engineering, Inc.; and Brad Keaton, P.E., Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC
  • Waterproofing A Multiple Arch Dam In A Cold Mountainous Environment With PVC Geocomposite Membrane
    • John Wilkes, P.E., President, and Bobby Blankinship, P.E., Engineer, Carpi USA, Inc.; and Bahram Safavi, Ph.D., P.E., Dam & Public Safety Manager, and Jennifer Fernandez, Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison

11:30 am - 12:00 pm • Break

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm • Annual Awards Luncheon

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm • Exhibit Show Opening & Lightning Talks

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm • Concurrent Session Five: Seismic Issues - Moderated by: Zia Zafir, Ph.D., P.E., Kleinfelder, Inc.

  • Seismic Evaluation of Gatun Dam - Panama Canal
    • Lelio Mejia, Geosyntec Consultants; Maximiliano De Puy and Antonio Abrego, Panama Canal Authority; and Erik Newman and Rajendram Arulnathan, AECOM
  • A Centrifuge Study on the Liquefaction Potential of Coarse-Grained Soil Mixtures
    • Alexander Sturm, Ph.D. Student, Gregory Shepard, Graduate Student, Jason DeJong, Professor, and Dan Wilson, Associate Director of the Center for Geotechnical Modelling, University of California, Davis
  • Cross-Valley Seismic Analysis of Spillway Piers using the Capacity Spectrum Approach
    • John Werner, Civil/Structural Designer, and James Rutherford, Project Engineer, Hatch Associates Consultants Incorporated; John Stanton, Expert Consultant, University of Washington; Omri Olund, Project Engineer; and Osmar Penner, Project Engineer, BC Hydro
  • Case Studies of the Seismic Performance of Levee Segments on Peat Foundation Soil
    • Yi Tyan Tsai, Student, Scott Brandenberg, Professor, and Jonathan Stewart, Professor, University of California - Los Angeles; and Atsushi Mikami, Professor, Tokai University

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm • Concurrent Session Six: Big Data - Moderated by Jeffery G. Powers, P.E., Hazen and Sawyer

  • One Hurricane After Another…. So, Are My Dams OK? – Rapid Assessment of Potential Dam Failures in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria
    • Jonathan Keeling, P.E., CFM, Senior Dam Safety Engineer, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (part of STARR II); Edward Beadenkopf, Principal Project Director/Vice President, ATKINS (part of STARR II); Alan Springett, Senior Engineer, Risk Assessment Lead, James Demby, Jr., P.E., Senior Technical and Policy Advisor, National Dam Safety Program, and Shudipto Rahman, Civil Engineer, Risk Analysis Branch, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • The Power of GIS in the Regulation of Dams
    • Dusty Myers, P.E., Chief, Dam Safety Division, and Josh Watts, GIS Analyst, MS Department of Environmental Quality
  • The Big Year - 2,000 Dam Inspections Later! (Grab-n-Go Presentation, 15 minutes)
    • Stephen L. Whiteside, P.E., Vice President, Patterson X. Gambill, P.E., Danielle K. Neamtu, P.E., and John D. Boyer, P.E., CDM Smith; and John M. McCain, Manager, Dam Safety Program, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Digitizing field data collection and facilitating inspections – our experience (Grab-n-Go Presentation, 15 minutes)
    • Prabeen Joshi, Geotechnical Engineer, and Emma Hill, Engineering Geologist, Klohn Crippen Berger

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm • Concurrent Session Seven: Breach Modeling - Moderated by: Victor Vasquez, P.E., Freese & Nichols, Inc.

  • A Comprehensive Approach To Inundation Analysis For The Baker River Hydroelectric Project
    • Kevin J. Ruswick, P.E., CFM, Senior Associate, Alex Rutledge, P.G., P.E., Associate, Loring W. Crowley, Project Engineer, and Ali Tabrizi, Ph.D., Senior Staff Professional, Schnabel Engineering; and Joshua Gile, EIT, Senior Engineer Puget Sound Energy
  • Cost Effective Evacuation Mapping: DSS-WISE Vs. HEC-RAS 2D; When to go the Extra Mile
    • Chadrick Douglas Hill, Civil Engineering Specialist, Marc E . Pitman, P.E., Civil Engineering Specialist, and Mike Mahowald, Civil Engineering Specialist, MT Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
  • Concepts for Probabilistic Dam Breach Modeling
    • Christopher Goodell, Director of Applied Research, Kleinschmidt Associates

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm • Concurrent Session Eight: National Levee Program Update - Moderated by Eric C. Halpin, P.E., US Army Corps of Engineers

  • What we know today about our nations levees: The Levee Portfolio Report
    • Eric C. Halpin, P.E., US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Status of Inventory and Review Activities with Non-federal Levee Systems
    • Jamie L. McVicker, P.E., US Army Corps of Engineers
  • The Challenges of Non-Program Levees
    • Andrew J. Orlovsky, P.E., Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Almur S. Whiting IV, P.E., US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Risk Informed Decisions for Levees
    • Richard J. Varuso, Ph.D., P.E., US Army Corps of Engineers Federal Levee Safety Guidelines Noah D. Vroman, P.E., and Michael K. Sharp, Ph.D., P.E., US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal Levee Safety Guidelines
    • Noah D. Vroman, P.E., and Michael K. Sharp, Ph.D., P.E., US Army Corps of Engineers

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm • Reception in the Exhibit Hall (including Lightning Talks)



7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Speaker Preview Room Open

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast with the Exhibitors

8:30 am - 10:00 am • General Session

  • Discussion of Lessons to be Learned from the 2017 Oroville Dam Spillway Incident
    • John W France, AECOM - Speakers and Panelists TBD

10:00 am - 10:30 am • Refreshment Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm • Concurrent Session Nine: Spillway Condition Assessments - Moderated by Gregory S. Paxson, P.E., Schnabel Engineering

  • Observations and Lessons Learned from FERC’s Spillway Inspection Initiative
    • Douglas Johnson, Regional Engineer, Portland Office, Justin Nettle, Senior Engineer, and Eric Kennedy, Senior Engineer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Spillways: Assessing the Risks of Aging Infrastructure and Opportunities
    • Katherine Maher, Senior Engineer, Cory Miyamoto, Senior Engineer, and David Gutierrez, Senior Geotechnical and Water Resources Engineer, GEI Consultants, Inc.
  • Iron Gate Stilling Basin Rehabilitation
    • Kelcy T. Adamec, Civil Engineer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Nathan Higa, Civil Engineer, and Roger L. Raeburn, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, PacifiCorp

10:30 am - 12:00 pm • Concurrent Session Ten: Levees - Moderated by Jared D. Deible, P.E., Michael Baker International

  • Use of Fat Clays in Design of Levees
    • Ray E. Martin, Owner, REM, LLC; George Sills, Manager, George Sills Geotechnical Engineering Consultant, LLC; and David Williams, President, David T. Williams and Associates
  • Deformation-based versus Limit Equilibrium Analyses to Assess the Effect of Repeated Rise and Fall of Water Level on the Stability of Princeville Levee
    • Rowshon Jadid, Graduate Student, Brina Montoya, Assistant Professor, and Mo Gabr, Professor, North Carolina State University; and Victoria Bennett, Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
  • Applying New Probabilistic Framework to Capture Extreme Uncertainty in Risk Management for Levee System Safety
    • Azadeh Mostofi, Ph.D. Candidate, and Robert B. Gilbert, Professor, University of Texas at Austin

10:30 am - 12:00 pm • Concurrent Session Eleven: Post-Tensioning - Moderated by Stan Boyle, Ph.D., P.E., Shannon & Wilson, Inc.

  • Installation and Verification Monitoring of High Capacity Multi-Strand Tendons for Dam Anchoring
    • Mark Sinclair, Manager Engineering & Technical, Traylor SRG LLC
  • Post-Tensioned Anchor Load Distribution for Gated-Spillway Lift Joint Stabilization
    • Matthew W. Drewek, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Structural Engineer, and William H. Walton, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, D.GE, Vice President / Senior Practice Leader, GEI Consultants, Inc.; and David R. Tripp, P.E., Dam Safety Engineer / Generation Engineer, Upper Peninsula Power Company
  • 3D Geologic Modeling and Probabilistic Stability Analyses Support a Rock Face Stabilization Project at Boundary Dam, Pend Oreille River, Washington State
    • Robert Cannon, P.G., Senior Vice President, Frederic Snider, P.G., Associate,  Alex Rutledge, P.G., P.E., Associate Scientist, and John Gagnon, P.G., Senior Staff Scientist, Schnabel Engineering; and Andre Ball, P.E., Dam Safety Engineer, and Kimberly Pate, P.G., P.E., Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Seattle City Light

10:30 am - 12:00 pm • Concurrent Session Twelve: Don’t Just Sit There! Let’s Talk About Dam Security - Moderated by John H. Moyle, P.E., New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Embankment Vulnerability Studies
    • Nathan Nakamoto, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Research Update on Dams Sector Topics
    • Yazmin Seda-Sanabria. U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model and Case Study
    • Michelle Yezierski, Angelino Ferreira, and Kavita Mak, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm • Lunch On Own and Dine Around

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm • Concurrent Session Thirteen: Non-Breach Flows - Moderated by Arthur C. Miller, Ph.D., P.E., AECOM

  • Dam-Induced Flooding: Scenarios, Consequences, and Difficult Choices for NRCS Dam Rehabilitation Projects
    • Stephen Durgin, P.E., USDA - NRCS
  • WinDAM, A Dam Safety Engineering Tool for Breach and Non-Breach Flood Events
    • Sherry L. Hunt, Research Leader and Research Civil Engineer (Hydr), Darrel M. Temple, Research Leader (Retired), and Ronald D. Tejral, Agricultural Engineer, USDA - ARS; Stephen Durgin, P.E., National Design Engineer, and Karl Visser, Civil Engineer (Hydr), USDA - NRCS; and Abdelfatah Ali, Post-doctoral Research Associate, ORISE/ORAU
  • Innovation in Colorado: High Hazard Dam Release - Downstream Floodplain Impacts Database and Tools
    • Amanda J. Hess, H&H Group Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc.; and Bill McCormick, Chief, Dam Safety, and Kallie Bauer, Dam Safety Engineer, CO Division of Water Resources

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm • Concurrent Session Fourteen: Geologic Issues - Moderated by Keith Mills, P.E., G.E., Oregon Water Resources Department

  • Assessment of Rock Mass Failure Modes Related to Block 18/19 Movement, Upper Baker Dam, Puget Sound Energy
    • Rex Whistler, Geological Engineer, Robert Clark, Senior Associate Civil Engineer, and Will Hultman, Vice President, Geological Engineer, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.; and Robert Romocki, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Puget Sound Energy
  • Geologic and Geotechnical Considerations for Condition Assessments of Unlined Granitic Spillways in the Sierra Nevada, California
    • Robert A. McManus, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, PG&E; and Drew Kennedy, Principal Geologist, SAGE Engineers, Inc.
  • 3D Geological Modeling as a Tool for Evaluating Dam Foundations
    • Cameron Bartsch, P.Geol, Structural Geologist, Terrane Geoscience Inc.; Robert Romocki, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Puget Sound Energy; Todd R. Kincaid, Ph.D., Hydrogeologist, GeoHydros; and William Hultman, P.E., Vice President, Shannon & Wilson Inc.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm • Concurrent Session Fifteen: Applying Practical Knowledge/Lessons Learned - Moderated by Fred R. DeLeon, Jr., ATC Group Services, LLC

  • Colorado’s Comprehensive Dam Safety Evaluation uncovers long history of dam safety concerns and prompts immediate action at Marshall Lake Dam
    • Ryan Schoolmeesters, P.E., Dam Safety Engineer, and John Hunyadi, P.E., Dam Safety Engineer, CO Division of Water Resources
  • Educating the Dam and Hydro Engineer of Tomorrow
    • Mark W. Killgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, Regional Dam Safety Engineer, VA Department of Conservation & Recreation, Dam Safety Division
  • Practical Experience with Development and Implementation of Effective Construction Monitoring Plans
    • Joseph Kudritz, P.E., Water Resource Engineer, Brian Afek, P.E., Project Manager, and Jacob Bench, E.I., Civil Associate, Michael Baker International; and Jeremy Wenner, P.E., Team Lead for ODNR Dam Projects, OH Department of Natural Resources

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm • Concurrent Session Sixteen: Risk - Moderated by Anthony L. Fernandes

  • How Joining Asset and Dam Safety Risks Provides Greater Insight into Management Decisions - Assessment of Nine Dams on the Waikato River, New Zealand
    • M. Jonathan Harris, National Practice Leader for Dam Safety and Risk, Schnabel Engineering; and Will Oxley, Strategic Asset Planner, Mercury
  • Third Time's the Charm: South Carolina's Dam Safety Program's experience with Hurricane Irma, the state's third significant storm event in three years
    • Jill Stewart, P.E., Director, Dam Safety and Stormwater Permitting Division, John McCain, P.E., Manager, Dam Safety Section, and Shawn Frazer, Associate Engineer, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Inches of Flood Risk Reduction, Miles of Community Benefits – Balancing Goals & Interests Through a String of Dam Removal Projects on the Pawcatuck River
    • Nils S. Wiberg, P.E., CFM, Associate/Chief Water Resources Engineer, Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm • Refreshment Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm • Concurrent Session Seventeen: Decade Dam Failures Part 1 - Moderated by Mark Rothbauer, P.E., Nicholson Construction Company

  • 110th Anniversary of Hauser Dam Failure, Montana
    • Stephen Durgin, P.E., National Design Engineer, USDA – NRCS
  • A Review of the September 23, 1938 Fort Peck Dam Construction Slide
    • Charles Redlinger, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, and Laila Berre, Dam Safety Program Manager, Northwest Division, US Army Corps of Engineers; and Keith Ferguson, Vice-President, HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • Hold Back the Dam Boys! – The Story of the Minnedosa Spillway Failure
    • Jonathan Pittman, P.E., Senior Associate, Schnabel Engineering

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm • Concurrent Session Eighteen: Get Out! - Moderated by Stephen L. Whiteside, P.E., CDM Smith

  • Is It Time to Update Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety, FEMA 64 EAPs
    • Robert Beduhn, Director, Dams, Levees and Civil Works, HDR Engineering Inc.
  • The Human Element: Warning and Evacuation During the Oroville Dam Incident
    • Gregory Richards, P.E., CFM, Project Engineer, and Jesse Pope, E.I.T., CFM, Hydraulic & Hydrologic Designer, Gannett Fleming, Inc.; and Jason T. Needham, Consequence Specialist, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Robustness and Extensibility for Resilience in the Oroville Dam Crisis of 2017
    • Lucien Hollins, Undergraduate Researcher, Daniel Eisenberg, Ph.D. Candidate, and Thomas Seager, Associate Professor, Arizona State University

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm • Concurrent Session Nineteen: Hydrology/PMP - Moderated by Brian M. Crookston, Ph.D., P.E., Schnabel Engineering

  • My 23-year Perspective of PMP and Precipitation Frequency Estimates for Dam Safety Applications in the United States
    • Tye W. Parzybok, President/CEO and Chief Meteorologist, MetStat, Inc.
  • Hydrologic Analysis Used to Update the Rainfall from the July 1942 “Smethport” Storm-Important Applications for Dam Safety and Design
    • Bill Kappel, President/Chief Meteorologist, and Doug Hultstrand, Senior Hydrometerologist, Applied Weather Associates; and Joe Bellini and Peter Masopust, Aterra Solutions
  • Uncertainty in Hydrologic Estimates
    • Arthur C. Miller, Science Practice Leader, AECOM

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm • Concurrent Session Twenty: Seepage and Grouting - Moderated by Randall P. Bass, P.E., Schnabel Engineering

  • A Dam Innovative Solution: Cutoff Walls and Pressure Grouting At Georgia’s Richland Creek Dam
    • Brian D. Barkauskas, P.E., Business Development Director, Raphael Delhaye, Assistant Project Manager, and Eloy Ramos, P.E., Project Manager, Nicholson Construction Company; and H. Craig Robinson, P.E., Piedmont Geotechnical Consultants
  • Grouting in Dams and Levees: The Fundamentals
    • Dr. Donald A. Bruce, President, Geosystems, L.P.
  • Using Technology to Better Understand Seepage at the Laurel Bed Dam in Virginia
    • Thomas Roberts, Regional Engineer - Dam Safety, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation; Don Sipher, Regional Vice President, Froehling & Robertson, Inc.; Ryan Blanchard, Vice President of Business Development, Keith Wall, Director of Business Development, and David Bierman, Staff Geophysicist, Willowstick Technologies

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM • Reception in the Exhibit Hall


7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Speaker Preview Room Open

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast with the Exhibitors

8:30 am - 10:00 am • Concurrent Session Twenty-One: Public Safety and Outreach - Moderated by Andy Peters, Pacific Netting Products

  • Low Head Dams - Addressing Safety AT Dams
    • Manuela Johnson, State of Indiana Silver Jackets Lead, Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • How Multiple Dam Table Top Exercises is a Win-Win Situation
    • Natalie Rogers, P.E., CFM, Water Resources Engineer, and Marc Johnson, P.E., CFM, Principal Water Resources Engineer, FTN Associates Ltd.
  • Implications of updating inundation mapping for use in Emergency Action Plans: Sutherlin Dams
    • Edward George Robison, Senior Project Manager, and Nathan Cox, Hydraulic Engineer, McMillen Jacobs Associates; and Meghan Walter, State Hydraulic Engineer – Oregon, USDA - NRCS

8:30 am - 10:00 am • Concurrent Session Twenty-Two: Spillway Rehabs - Moderated by Chad R. Davis, P.E., HDR Engineering, Inc.

  • The Floating Bulkhead: A Practical, Flexible, and Economical Approach to Dewatering Gates
    • Christopher T. Goodwin, P.E., Water Resources Manager, and Todd M. Rudolph, Water Resources Engineer, Ayres Associates
  • Lake Delhi Dam Reconstruction – A Good Dam Story
    • William Holman, Senior Project Manager, Stanley Consultants, Inc.
  • Fine Tuning a Piano Key Weir
    • Randall P. Bass, P.E., Principal, Schnabel Engineering  LLC

8:30 am - 10:00 am • Concurrent Session Twenty-Three: Internal Erosion - Moderated by Robert R. Bowers, P.E., OBG

  • Hyatt Dam – Challenges of Modifying A 96-Year-Old Embankment Dam To Address Internal Erosion Risk
    • Elizabeth Ouellette, P.E., Geotechnical Engineer, Brandt Demars, P.E., Regional Construction Engineer, and Tara Schenk McFarland, P.E., Program Manager, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Martin Reservoir Failure Case History - Revisited
    • Mark Pabst, Consultant; and John W. France, AECOM
  • Embankment Breach Research: Observed Internal Erosion Processes
    • Abdelfatah K. Ali, Post-doctoral Research Associate, ORISE/ORAU; Sherry L. Hunt, Research Leader and Research Civil Engineer, Ronald D. Tejral, Agricultural Engineer, and Darrel M. Temple, Research Leader (Retired), USDA - ARS

8:30 am - 10:00 am • Concurrent Session Twenty-Four: PMP - Moderated by Douglas L. Johnson, P.E., Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • Use of Stochastic Storm Transposition Methods for Developing the PMF for FERC-regulated Bear River, Utah Hydroelectric Project
    • Alyssa Hendricks Dietrich, Senior Hydrometeorologist, Victoria Sankovich Bahls, Senior Hydrometeorologist, and Tye Parzybok, President/CEO, Chief Meteorologist, MetStat, Inc.; Christopher Goodell and Christopher Bahner, WEST Consultants, Inc.; and Roger Raeburn, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, PacifiCorp
  • Temporal Distribution of Probable Maximum Precipitation
    • Joseph Wilson, Civil Engineer, Dam and Reservoir Safety Program, MO Department of Natural Resources
  • Updating PMP Analysis Through Collaboration-The Colorado-New Mexico Regional Extreme Precipitation Analysis, Setting a new Standard of Practice
    • Doug Hultstrand, Applied Weather Associates and Bill Kappel

10:00 am - 10:30 am • Refreshment Break 

10:30 am - 12:00 pm • Concurrent Session Twenty-Five: Spillway Assessment - Moderated by Meghan Walter, P.E., USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know” - Inspecting Spillways and Assessing Potential Failure Modes
    • Paul Schweiger, Vice President, Manager of Dams and Hydraulics Section, and Robert A. Kline, Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Application of a Systematic Integrated Framework for Spillway Inspection and Assessment
    • Ali Reza Firoozfar, Hydraulic Engineer, Kenwarjit S. Dosanjh, Hydraulic Structures Section Manager, Keith C. Moen, Northwest Hydropower Engineering Manager, Edwin T. Zapel, Dam, Hydro, Civil Works, Hydraulic Design Lead, and William R. Fiedler, Dam Safety/Risk Senior Technical Advisor, HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • Folsom Dam Auxiliary Spillway and Oroville Flood Control Outlet Spillway – How the Offspring Differs from the Parent
    • Cecily M. Nolan, P.E., Civil / Structural Engineer, Ethan Thompson, P.E., Lead Hydraulic Engineer, Kenneth R. Pattermann, P.E., G.E., Geotechnical Engineer, and Michele K. Louie, P.E., Civil / Structural Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers; and Nathan C. Cox, P.E., Hydraulic Engineer, McMillen Jacobs Associates

8:30 am - 10:00 am • Concurrent Session Twenty-Six: Levees - Moderated by Emily Schwartz, P.E., Black and Veatch

  • Zero to Thirty in Sixty Days - Critical Levee Repair Sites Rehabilitation Effort, Central Valley, California
    • Richard Millet, P.E., G.E., Vice President, Water Resources, Rob Nixon, P.E., G.E., and Loren Murray, P.E., AECOM; Kent Zenobia, P.E., Supervising Engineer Specialist, Division of Flood Management, and David Wheeldon, P.E., Supervising Engineer, Division of Flood Management, CA Department of Water Resources
  • Where’s the Risk? An Analysis of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Levee Risks
    • Hollie Ellis, Senior Vice President, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.; Dustin Jones, Delta Stewardship Council; and Larry Roth, ARCADIS
  • Hurricane Harvey: analyzing and preventing floods inside a levee
    • Phil Martin, Asst. General Manager, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2

8:30 am - 10:00 am • Concurrent Session Twenty-Seven: Monitoring and Inspection - Moderated by Joe Witczak, P.E., Washington State Department of Ecology

  • Ground-Based Radar and Spaceborne SAR Measurement of 3D Deformation of Coyote Dam by Creep on the Central Calaveras Fault
    • Brett Baker, Engineering Geologist, Santa Clara Valley Water District; Dr. Charles Werner, Founder, Gamma Remote Sensing; Dr. Pietro Millilo, Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Ryan Cassotto, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences; Urs Wegmuller, President of Executive Board, Director, and Project Scientist, Gamma Remote Sensing Research and Consulting AG
  • Dam Drone Inspections – Low Cost, High Value Data the New Exchequer Dam Story
    • George Meister, P.E., Senior Engineer/UAS Coordinator, and Chad Masching, P.E., Senior Engineer, GEI Consultants, Inc.
  • Preserving Instrumentation at New Waddell Dam
    • Aaron L. Ashcroft, Sr. Civil Engineer, Reliability Central Arizona Project

8:30 am - 10:00 am • Concurrent Session Twenty-Eight: Cracking and Blasting - Moderated by John A. Bove, AECOM

  • Designing Geotextiles to Span Open Cracks in Embankments
    • Benjamin C. Doerge, Geotechnical Engineer, M & E Consultants/USDA - NRCS (Retired); and Karl V. Visser, Hydraulic Engineer, USDA - NRCS
  • Will My Filter Crack? Testing 1, 2, 3. Evaluation of the Suitability of Sand Material for Filters in Dams
    • Daniel Frechette, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.; and Stephen Brown, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Flood Control District of Maricopa County - Dam Safety Branch
  • Criteria for Controlled Close Proximity Blasting at the Oroville Dam Spillways and Flood Control Structure
    • John Lemke, President, Geodaq, Inc.; Mike Driller, Mark Schultz, Supervising Engineer, Division of Safety of Dams, and Amin Islam, Engineer, CA Department of Water Resources; Dan Wilson, Associate Director, Center for Geotechnical Modeling, University of California at Davis; and Gordon Revey, Revey Associates Inc.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm • Lunch with the Exhibitors

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm • Concurrent Session Twenty-Nine: Soapbox Session - Moderated by Mark Baker, P.E., National Park Service

  • Toward Industry-Wide Use of Best Technical Practices
    • Mark E. Baker, Dam & Levee Safety Officer, National Park Service

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm • Concurrent Session Thirty: Zoned Embankments & Deformation - Moderated by Mark Thompson, Black & Veatch Corp.

  • Use of FLAC Modeling and Other Factors for Assessing Operational Risk at Ritschard Dam
    • Don Meyer, P.E., Senior Water Resources Engineer, and Ray Tenney, P.E., Deputy Chief Engineer, Colorado River Water Conservation District; and Tiffany Adams, Ph.D.., P.E., Geotechnical Engineer, AECOM
  • Design of a High Hydraulic Asphalt Core Rockfill Dam for Colorado
    • Donald Montgomery, Principal Engineer, and Brian Francis, Associate Civil Engineer, Stantec; and Joe Donnelly, Project Manager - Water Resource Engineer, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District 
  • Evaluation of Liquefaction Resistance of Gravelly Soil Using the Dynamic Cone Penetrometer
    • Kyle M. Rollins, Professor, and Jashod Roy, Research Assistant, Brigham Young University; Michael Talbot, Project Engineer, US Bureau of Reclamation

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm • Concurrent Session Thirty-One: Risk and Hydrology - Moderated by: Ellen Faulkner, P.E., Ayres Associates

  • Risk-Informed Hydrologic Design using Stochastic Models
    • Joseph Wright, Supervisory Hydraulic Engineer, and Amanda Stone, Hydrologic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation, Technical Services Center
  • Characterizing Hydrologic Uncertainty in Reservoir Pool Stage Frequency Curves for Use in the Risk Assessment of System-Operated Dams in the Willamette River Basin, Oregon
    • Angela M. Duren, Regional Technical Hydrologist, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Improving Watershed Precipitation Frequency Estimates for Risk-Informed Decision-Making
    • Debbie Martin, Senior Hydrometeorologist, Katie Ward, Senior Meteorologist, and Jason Caldwell, Chief Hydrometeorologist, MetStat, Inc.; and Mel Schaefer, MGS Engineering Consultants, Inc.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm • Refreshment Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm • Concurrent Session Thirty-two: Decade Dam Failures Part II - Moderated by Dana Miller, Colorado Division of Water Resources

  • 70th Anniversary of the Columbia River Dike Failure
    • Stephen Durgin, P.E., National Design Engineer, USDA – NRCS
  • The Mud Pond/Lake Lee Dam Failures – A Story of Mistakes in Two Centuries
    • R. Lee Wooten, P.E., Principal, GEI Consultants, Inc.; William C. Salomaa, Director, Office of Dam Safety, Paul Marinelli, P.E., Dam Safety Engineer, Office of Dam Safety, and Edward M. Connor, Dam Safety Engineer, Office of Dam Safety, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation; and Alon Dominitz, P.E., Section Chief – Dam Safety, NY Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 40th Anniversary of the Palegnedra Dam Failure
    • Alon Dominitz, P.E., Chief, NY Department of Environmental Conservation; Johnathon Atkins, Dam Safety Division, MS Department of Environmental Quality; and Gregory L. Richards, Hydraulic & Hydrologic Engineer, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • See What’s New at DamFailures.org!
    • Gregory Richards, P.E., CFM, ASDSO DamFailures.org Subcommittee Chair, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm • Concurrent Session Thirty-three: Regulatory Guidance - Moderated by Charles F. Cobb, P.E., Alaska Department of Natural Resources

  • Environmental Consequence Classification of Mine Dam Failures: Updating the Canadian Classification System
    • Lee Nikl, Principal/Senior Environmental Scientist, and Julia Steele, Golder Associates Ltd.; Lindsay Robertson, Klohn Crippen Berger; Scott Davidson, New Gold Inc.; and Rob Schryburt, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Introducing NRCS Design Guidance for Articulated Concrete Block Armored Spillways
    • Jon Fripp, Stream Mechanics Civil Engineer, Karl Visser, Hydraulic Engineer, and Stephen Durgin, P.E., National Design Engineer, USDA - NRCS
  • FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Disaster Funding for Dams
    • Preston W. Wilson, Civil Engineer, and Lujuana Richardson, Section Chief, Federal Emergency Management Agency

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm • Concurrent Session Thirty-four: Hydraulic Modeling - Moderated by Jonathan D. Keeling, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

  • Physical Modeling of Air Demand at Cedar Cliff Dam Using 1:8 and 1:19 Scale Models
    • Dan Gessler, Vice President, Andy Johansson, Director, Hydraulic Modeling, and Chris Miller, Engineer II, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.; John Eddy, PMC Hydro Program Engineer, and Brad Keaton, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Duke Energy; and Hasan Kocahan, Manager, Hydroplus Inc.
  • What Happens when Spillway Gates Can’t be Opened
    • Damian M. Gomez, Water Resources Engineer, and Kevin Miller, Civil/Water Resources Engineer, Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
  • Quantification and Mitigation of Uplift on a Non-Ogee Shaped Spillway Crest: Numerical and Physical Hydraulic Modeling of Mathis Dam
    • Joe Orlins, Director, Hydraulic Modeling and Consulting, Zach Taylor, and Dan Gessler, Vice President, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.; and Todd Barber, Senior Engineer – SCG Hydro Services, Southern Company



8:00 am - 5:30 pm • Technical Workshop #1

  • Dam-Break Flood Modeling/Mapping Using DSS Wise Lite™
    • Mustafa S. Altinaker, Ph.D., Director and Research Professor; Marcus McGrath, Research and Development Engineer; and Vijay Ramalingam, Ph.D., Research Scientist, National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering (NCCHE), University of Mississippi

8:30 am - 12:00 pm • Technical Workshop #2

  • On-Site Response Guidance for Seepage and Internal Erosion Incidents
    • Doug Yadon, P.E., G.E., P.G., CEG., Senior Consultant/Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering, Jennifer Williams, P.E., Dams Market Sector Leader, and Jason Boomer, P.E., Geotechnical Team Manager, AECOM; Michele Lemieux, P.E., Dam Safety Program Manager, Dam Safety Section, MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; and Bill McCormick, P.E., Chief, Dam Safety, CO Division of Water Resources

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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