Northeast Regional Conference: Agenda

*Please note the conference agenda is tentative and subject to change. Updated March 9, 2018

Quicklinks: Monday, June 4 • Tuesday, June 5 • Wednesday, June 6



1:00 PM – 8:00 PM • Speaker Preview Room Open

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM • Exhibit and Poster Setup

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM • Registration Open

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM • Northeast Regional Caucus Meeting

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM • Moderator Training Session

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM • Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall



7:30 AM – 8:00 PM • Speaker Preview Room Open

7:30 AM – 6:00 PM • Exhibit Show Open

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM • Registration Open

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM • Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM • Opening General Session

  • Welcome Remarks
    • Roger Adams, P.E., PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • One Hurricane After Another…. So, Are My Dams OK? – Rapid Assessment of Potential Dam Failures in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria
    • Edward Beadenkopf, P.E., CFM, ATKINS (part of STARR II); Jonathan Keeling, P.E., CFM, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (part of STARR II); Alan Springett, Shudipto Rahman, and James Demby, Jr., P.E., Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Second Presentation TBA

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM • Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Evaluation of Aging Concrete Dams


  • Uplift Considerations for Concrete Gravity Dams
    • Scott Jones, P.E., Ph.D., and Amanda Lopez, P.E., AECOM; and Larry K. Nuss, P.E., Nuss Engineering, LLC
  • Farnham Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation and Stability Evaluation
    • Michael Malenfant, P.E., and Doug Gove, AECOM; and David Turocy, City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Better Than It Looks: Assessment of Concrete Deterioration at Hoopes Dam
    • Scott Jones, P.E., Ph.D., AECOM; Orville R. Werner II, P.E., FACI, CTL | Thompson; and David Rothstein, Ph.D., P.G., FACI, DRP, A Twining Company
  • Panel Discussion/Extended Q & A Session

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Hydrology

  • Uncertainty in Hydrologic Estimates
    • Arthur C. Miller, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, AECOM
  • Timing is Critical – The Significance of Precipitation Temporal Distribution in Design Flood Analysis
    • Amanda J. Hess, P.E., CFM, and Adrienne K. Shaner, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Regional Calibration of the Peak Flow Coefficient for the NRCS Dimensionless Unit Hydrograph Equation for the State of New Jersey
    • Michael Horst, and Ryan Gurriell, The College of New Jersey

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM • Lunch On Own

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Small Dam Rehabs Grab-N-Go

  • The Red House Lake Dam Rehabilitation
    • Joshua M. Repp, Bergmann Associates
  • Blue Anchor Dam – Innovative Four-Tier Spillway Solves Unique Problem in South Jersey
    • Cleighton D. Smith, P.E., CFM, and Gary Johnson, P.E., Taylor Wiseman & Taylor; and Robert Anastasia, P.E., CFM, Stormwater Management Engineering, LLC
  • Yardley Road Lake Dam From Non-compliant to Rehabilitated
    • Amy E. McNamara, and Mary L. Paist-Goldman, P.E., Princeton Hydro, LLC
  • Use of Articulating Block Mattresses for Overtopping Protection on a High Hazard Dam
    • Brian C. Shorts, P.E., Alliance Consulting, Inc.; Gerald I. Kehler, P.E., Synthetex, LLC
  • A New Look for the Westtown Dam
    • Amy E. McNamara, and Geoffrey M. Goll, P.E., Princeton Hydro, LLC

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Design of Spillway Upgrades

  • Spillway Chute Joints – the Devil is in the Details
    • John Harrison, P.E., Schnabel Engineering
  • Putting the STOP in Waterstops
    • Joseph Kudritz, P.E., and Chad Davis, P.E., Michael Baker International; and Roger Adams, P.E., PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Upgrading Pikes Creek Dam Auxiliary Spillway with Fusegates
    • Hasan Kocahan, Hydroplus, Inc.; Anthony M. Nokovich, Pennsylvania American Water; Chad Hoover, and Greg Richards, Gannett Fleming, Inc.; and Gino Yannuzzelli, KC Construction Co.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM • Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Seepage and Internal Drainage

  • Predicted vs. Actual Head Reduction from Bolivar Dam Seepage Barrier
    • Seth C. Lyle, P.E., and Ronald J. Rakes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • High Mobility Grouting – It’s Not Just for New Dams
    • Jesse Wullenwaber, Schnabel Engineering
  • Bel Air Impoundment Do All Embankment Dams Need An Internal Drainage System?
    • Joanna Scrafford, and Cari Beenenga, P.E., Gannett Fleming, Inc.; John Roche, P.E., MD Department of the Environment, Division of Dam Safety; and Anthony Nokovich, P.E., Pennsylvania American Water

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Hydraulic Modeling

  • CFD Modeling, a Spillway Designer’s Best Friend: Lessons from Three Case Studies
    • Benjamin Israel-Devadason, P.E., CFM, and Paul Schweiger, P.E., CFM, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Dam Safety and Flood Protection Challenges of Mirror Lake Dam
    • James R. Guistina, P.E., and Josh Repp, P.E., Bergmann
  • When is Two Better than One? Lessons Learned from Using HEC-RAS 2-D for Inundation Modeling
    • Nathan Young, EIT, and Daniel Schultz, EIT, Schnabel Engineering

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Session Title TBA

  • Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Spillway Pipe Rehabilitation in Maryland
    • Hal Van Aller, P.E., MD Department of the Environment, Dam Safety Division
  • 20 Years of Hydrologic Modeling for Pennsylvania Dams - What Have I Learned?
    • Greg Paxson, P.E., D.WRE, and Nathan Young, Schnabel Engineering
  • Roundtable/panel discussion with veteran state regulators and consultants to be invited.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM • Reception and Lightning Talks in the Exhibit Hall



7:30 AM – 4:00 PM • Speaker Preview Room Open

7:30 AM – 3:30 PM • Exhibit Show Open

7:30 AM – 3:00 PM • Registration Open

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM •- Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:30 AM – 10:00 PM • General Session: Status of the Probable Maximum Precipitation Study for Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania Dam Safety Perspectives on the Current PMP Study
    • Ronald Mease, P.E., PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • The Reevaluation of the Smethport 1942 Storm
    • Joseph V. Bellini, P.E., Aterra Solutions
  • The Pennsylvania PMP Study: Technical Procedures and Project Status
    • Bill Kappel, Applied Weather Associates

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM • Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Dam Rehab Case Studies

  • Six Feet Under! The Coal Seam Casket beneath Construction of a Labyrinth Spillway
    • Patrick J. Sullivan, Jr., Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.; Roger Adams, P.E., PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Findley Lake Dam Improvements – A Seepage and Stability Solution
    • Andrew J. Klettke, P.E., McMahon & Mann Consulting Engineers, P.C.
  • Rehabilitation of the Historic Devil’s Backbone Dam, Washington County, Maryland
    • Visty P. Dalal, MD Department of the Environment, Dam Safety Division

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Dam Safety Program Management and Regulatory Issues

  • Existing Dam Assessments: A Case for Better Recordkeeping and Aggressive Investigating
    • Robert A Kline, Jr., P.E., Gannett Fleming Inc
  • Dam Rehabilitation Permitting in Pennsylvania: Avoiding Costly Delays
    • Sharon Louise Krock, PWS, Schnabel Engineering; and Joshua Fair, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Leveraging Stormwater Retrofits for Dam Safety Improvements: A Summary of Maryland's Experience
    • John Roche, P.E., MD Department of the Environment, Dam Safety Division

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Instrumentation & Inspection Grab-N-Go

  • Using the Willowstick Method to Target Remediation and Prevent Dam Failure
    • Ryan Blanchard, Keith Wall, and David Bierman, Willowstick Technologies; Thomas Roberts, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation, P.E., CFM; and Don Sipher, Froehling & Robertson, Inc.
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Inspection Tools to See What is Beyond the Surface
    • William A Horne, NDT Corporation
  • Remote Inspection of Small Dams and Levees
    • Bill Sherwood, ASI Marine
  • Deformation Monitoring of a 118-Year Old Masonry Dam
    • Mark W. Rohde, CHA Consulting, Inc.
  • Modernization and Rehabilitation of Geotechnical Instrumentation at 12 Miles of Earthen Dikes along the St. Lawrence River
    • John G. DeLano, James P. Guarente, P.E., and William H. Hover, P.E., GZA GeoEnvironmental; and James Liang, New York Power Authority

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM • Lunch On Own

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Dam Removals/Dam Decommissioning

  • Access, Abutments, and Anadromous Fish: Dishing Dirt on Dam Removal
    • Ashley Stewart, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and Phil Forzley, Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.
  • Hogansburg Dam Removal: Repatriation of Tribal Lands, Fish Passage, and Collaboration
    • James Woidt, P.E., Woidt Engineering and Consulting, PC on behalf of Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; and Tony David, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Environment Division
  • From Ash to Grass: A Case Study for Decommissioning Two High Hazard CCR Surface Impoundments
    • John Wrona, E.I.T., and Cedric Ruhl, P.E., Wood

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Foundations – Rocks & Locks

  • 85 Years of Change: The Lower Guard Wall at Charleroi Locks and Dam
    • Timothy A. Hampshire, P.E., and Michael D. Kennedy, P.E., DLZ National, Inc.
  • Rock Anchor Installation at Lock O7 - Changed Field Conditions and the Required Adjustments
    • Gregory Johnson, P.E., Bergmann Associates
  • Stabilization of Lows Lake Dam – A Case History
    • Mark A. Di Lullo, P.E., and D. Dreher Whetstone, P.E., OBG

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM • Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Mill Dams

  • Decoding the Drowning Machines: How CFD Modeling Can Predict Dangerous Rollers at Low Head Dams
    • Benjamin Israel-Devadason, P.E>, CFM, and Paul Schweiger, P.E., CFM, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Repurposing an Old Mill Dam with a New Archimedes Screw Turbine (AST) Hydro-Electric Generator Installation
    • Andrea C. Judge, P.E., and Philip W. Moreschi, P.E., CFM, Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.; Chris Conover, New England Hydropower Company
  • Reinventing the Paper Mill Pond Dam
    • Charles B. Nourse, P.E., and Peter H. Baril, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM • Concurrent Session: Emergency Response

  • Teetering on the Brink: How a Tragedy Averted Led to Continual Improvement of a Public Safety Program for Two High Hazard Dams
    • Alton C. Echols IV, P.E., Loudoun Water; and Timothy W. Johnston, P.E., Gannett Fleming
  • Schoellkopf Dam #2- Lake Cornelius Piping Failure.
    • James R. Guistina, P.E., Bergmann; and Jeffery Netzband, Foundation Design
  • Eastvale Dam Emergency Repair: A Collaborative Approach
    • Pete Logsdon, Jared Deible, P.E., and Scott Zang, Michael Baker International; and Jonathan Conville, PA Department of Environmental Protection

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM • Exhibit and Poster Dismantle

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