Dam Safety 2020: Workshops

Dam Safety 2020 will feature three post-conference workshops. Conference workshops will be held the two weeks following the conference.  

Intro to McBreach, Probabilistic Dam Breach Modeling
Getting a Handle on Communicating Risks and Benefits of Dams: Experience at USACE
Overview of Semi-Quantitative Risk Analyses (SQRA) Workshop


Intro to McBreach, Probabilistic Dam Breach Modeling
September 29 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm eastern
Chris Goodell, Principal Consultant, Kleinschmidt Associates

McBreach is free software developed by Kleinschmidt Associates that is used to run HEC-RAS dam breach models in a probabilistic framework.  The workshop will cover basic probabilistic dam breach theory, including development of breach parameter distributions and the Monte Carlo Method. More details coming soon!

Getting a Handle on Communicating Risks and Benefits of Dams: Experience at USACE
September 30 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm eastern
Linda Manning, President; Sara Hilbrich, Senior Facilitator; and US Army Corps of Engineers -- Dam and Levee Safety Communications Team

This half day training session will describe approaches developed and delivered by the US Army Corps of Engineers and Council Oak consultants to develop and deliver Dam Risk Communication Training. More details coming soon!

Overview of Semi-Quantitative Risk Analyses (SQRA) Workshop
October 6  • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm eastern
Douglas Boyer, P.E., CEG, Chief, Risk-Informed Decision-Making Branch, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Some dam and levee safety organizations and agencies have fully migrated to using risk practices to inform safety decisions.  Other organizations and agencies remain skeptical of the benefits of risk as a decision making tool.  Much more information is available regarding quantitative risk analyses than SQRAs, yet most people venturing into the risk world will be starting at a SQRA-level. This workshop is designed to provide a brief overview of the subject and answer the following questions. Learn more!

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