Dam Safety 2018: Call for Abstracts

Please note - The Dam Safety 2018 national conference call for abstracts is now closed.  


Judging Procedures and Deadlines

All abstracts must be submitted on-line by Monday, February 5, 2018.

The Conference Program Committee will review all abstracts submitted by the deadline, and will make selections for the conference agenda.

Proposals constituting sales pitches for products or services will not be considered.

Selections will be announced on April 2, 2018

If you are selected and intend to publish a paper in the proceedings, your draft paper must be submitted for peer review by June 4, 2018. You will receive comments from the paper’s reviewer, and the final paper will be due by August 1, 2018. Papers will be published and distributed in digital format prior to the conference.

Submitting final papers constitutes agreement that the author(s) will register for the conference at the appropriate fee, attend the conference and present the paper in person. Complete instructions for speaker and paper preparation will be provided upon notification of a paper’s acceptance.

Volunteer to be a Session Moderator

Session moderators are very important to the overall success of the conference. ASDSO is seeking moderators willing to dedicate the time and effort necessary for the development, as well as the delivery of their assigned session. Expertise in specific topic areas will be considered when moderators are selected.

Moderator Responsibilities include:

  • Technical/Peer review of the papers to be presented in your session. You must be available during the review period from June 4 to June 25, 2018.
  • Communicate with the authors on a regular basis leading up to the conference to assure that development of the presentations is progressing. Assist with answering questions as needed regarding the session or the conference.
  • Coordinate the logistics of the session, including the sharing of a host laptop computer between presenters.
  • Meet with your session speakers at least one day prior to the scheduled session.
  • Moderate the session, including introducing each speaker and facilitating the Q & A period. Complete the moderator critique form and return to the registration desk.

To volunteer, please email ASDSO with the subject line: Dam Safety 2018 Conference Moderator. Include your full contact info, and indicate the subject area that best matches your interest and expertise.

  • Geotechnical / Structures
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics / Erosion of Materials or
  • Other Dam Safety and Levee Safety Topics

Moderator assignments will be announced in mid-April.


Student Paper and Poster Competitions

ASDSO invites students to enter the Student Paper Competition, open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees at U.S. universities or colleges. Topics may include traditional areas of dam and levee design engineering, case studies, and emerging and innovative technologies. Senior capstone projects are also encouraged. ASDSO recommends that undergraduate papers and posters be co-authored or sponsored by faculty.

Each winning paper will receive a $500 prize. The winning student author(s) will be invited to make a 20-25 minute agenda presentation, and their papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Other selected entries will be invited to participate in the Poster Forum and Lightning Talks. Conference registration fees will be waived for all participating students who are enrolled in colleges or universities in the U.S.

All student entries must include a 350-word (maximum) abstract, and should be submitted online. The student paper competition also requires an executive summary of at least 1,200 words. Announcements of selected papers and invited posters will be made in early April. For contest guidelines and detailed information, visit the Student Paper Competition page. 


Suggested Topics

  • Failures, Incidents, and Investigations
  • Hydrology & Hydraulics
  • Geotechnical or Structural Issues
  • Emergency Preparedness/Emergency Response
  • Design & Construction
  • Inspections
  • Use of New Technology
  • Removal, Decommissioning, and Environmental Issues
  • Regulatory Programs
  • Dam Owner Issues
  • Rehabilitation Case Studies & Lessons Learned
  • Risk Assessment/Risk Analysis
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • Tailings Dams
  • Risk Informed Decision-Making
  • Site Security
  • Public Safety at Dams


About the Dam Safety 2018 Educational Program

ASDSO’s national conference is well known throughout the U.S. and internationally as a resource for practical information on the day-to-day activities of those working to keep dams safe. The primary focus of the conference is the effective application of knowledge and technology to real-life problems faced by dam and levee safety professionals.

The Dam Safety 2018 conference offers a variety of information-sharing opportunities. Those who submit abstracts may be selected for any of the following presentation formats:

  • Traditional agenda presentations – Typically 30 minutes in length (20-25 minutes of presentation and 5-10 minutes for questions).
  • Grab-N-Go Info Sessions – Each speaker will have ten to fifteen minutes to illuminate the audience. Be creative and deliver your message succinctly. Q & A will be limited.
  • Specialty Sessions or Workshops – Ninety-minute sessions or half to full day workshops with multiple presenters on a focused dam or levee safety topic.
  • Poster Forum / Lightning Talk – Each accepted presenter prepares a visual representation of his or her topic for the poster forum, which is open during all exhibit hours. Poster presenters also participate in a Lightning Talks event, in which they highlight the topic’s most interesting points in a 3 minute talk.

You will have the opportunity to suggest which type(s) of presentation would most suit your topic on the submittal form. The selection committee will consider preferences, but will assign topics to session formats as appropriate based on the overall scope and length of the conference program.



All selected presenters, regardless of presentation type, are invited to submit a technical paper or outline to be published in the conference proceedings. This allows presenters to expand upon topics and include detailed information that does not fit into an agenda or poster presentation.


How to Submit an Abstract

Please see the Presenter’s Toolbox page of this site to review:

  • Tips for Writing a Good Abstract
  • Recommendations for Dam Safety 2018 Abstracts

Submit abstracts and all required information on the Precis abstract collection site. Speakers who have already created accounts on this site (i.e. for a previous ASDSO paper submittal) can use the same login and password as before. Note: this is not the same login as for the ASDSO Portal. 

The submitting/primary author will receive an e-mailed acknowledgment of the receipt of the abstract. Primary authors: Please notify your co-authors when the ASDSO acknowledgment is received.

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