Dam Safety 2019: Technical Workshop - Dam-break Flood Modeling, Mapping and Consequence Analysis Using DSS-WISE Lite

When: Thursday, September 12 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Registration Fees: $300 per person includes all course instruction and materials as well as beverage breaks.

Professional Development Hours: Up to 7 professional development hours are available for attending the full workshop. Attendees will receive a form on which to record contact hours for continuing education credits.

Description: Whether you are responsible for preparing dam breach mapping, preparing dam safety emergency action plans, want to identify critical infrastructure at risk prior to dam incidents, assess flood risk during incidents, or to prepare evacuation plans, the DSS-WISE Lite tool will give you a cost-effective means of improving public awareness and safety.

This one-day short course is offered by FEMA and presented with the assistance of the Association of State Dams Safety Officials (ASDSO). The dam safety officials, dam safety professionals, dam safety regulators, community officials and emergency managers will learn how to use DSS-WISE Lite tool to set up and simulate dam-break flood scenarios to identify and map the potential flood hazard areas downstream of dams and to evaluate the consequences of potential dam releases or failures. The tool does not require expertise in numerical modeling and can assist in improving preparedness, EAP preparation, real-time emergency simulations, emergency response planning, risk mitigation, and improving community resilience.

Upon completion of this course, participants will understand the use of FEMA’s DSS-WISE Lite toolset and its use in dam safety preparedness, mitigation, flood response, and post disaster planning to reduce flood losses and increase public safety. Specifically, participants will:

  • Understand the consequences associated with dam risk.
  • Understand the functionality of DSS-WISE Lite.
  • Understand the data preparation needed prior to using the toolset.
  • Learn how to run a successful DSS-WISE Lite dam breach model.
  • Learn how to review the model results for accuracy and how to interpret them.
  • Understand the limits of lethal flood zones downstream of dams and use for evacuation planning.
  • Learn to evaluate the population at risk downstream of dams.
  • Understand multiple uses of the DSS-WISE Lite dam breach output
  • Understand how DSS-WISE Lite results can be used by local communities as part of their RiskMAP program to reduce or manage flood risk.

This workshop is intended for State Dam Safety and Emergency Management Agency Staff, staff of FEMA and FEMA Regional Offices, FEMA Insurance Actuaries, FEMA Contractors, Community Officials, Emergency Managers and Dam Safety Professionals.

Attendees must have some basic computer skills and a Wi-Fi equipped laptop computer with a web browser (other than Internet Explorer). No specialized software is required to set up and run simulations. A GIS software such as the ArcGIS software, or the freely available QGIS (https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html), would be helpful for viewing and mapping the results files in raster and shapefile format.

Materials: Workshop participants will receive a link to download reference materials, including copies of the slides used by the instructors, as well as the data sets that will be used for the “How to run a DSS Wise Lite simulation (step-by-step)” and “Capstone DSS-WISE Lite Modeling Project”. Participants, who are not already users, will receive a temporary password to be used for the purposes of the short course. This temporary password will remain valid for 15 days after the short course to allow participants to continue practicing on their own.

Instructors: The course will be taught by the two members of the DSS-WISE™ Lite development team at the National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering (NCCHE) of the University of Mississippi in Oxford Mississippi. Opening remarks will be presented by a member of National Dam Safety Program, Planning and Safety Branch, Risk Management, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), FEMA

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