Southeast Regional Conference: Call for Abstracts
ASDSO and the Southeast Region are proud to host the 2020 Southeast Regional Conference. Join other dam safety professionals May 11-13, 2020 in Charleston, SC for an array of technical and non-technical presentations. The conference is geared towards dam safety engineers and dam owners/operators in the southeastern states, however many topics are applicable to dam and levee safety professionals from across the country.
Abstract Submission Site • Call for Moderators *please note to volunteer to be a moderator you must be signed into Collaborate
Submission Deadline: December 13, 2019
About the Regional Conference Educational Program
ASDSO’s conferences are well known resources for practical information on the day-to-day activities of those working to keep dams safe. The primary focus of this conference is the effective application of knowledge and technology to real-life problems faced by dam and levee safety professionals.
The conference program 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 – Each accepted presenter prepares a visual representation of his or her topic for the poster forum, which is open during all exhibit hours.
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.
Selected abstracts will be posted on the ASDSO website and published in a booklet for distribution at the conference. A full proceedings will not be produced, therefore, full written papers are not required. Speakers who elect to write a paper may bring copies to hand out to conference attendees or post the paper on the conference Collaborate page.
Suggested Topics
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Dam Failure and Incidents
  • Dam Removal
  • Environmental Issues
  • Security Programs and Protective Measures
  • Incident Management, Exercises, and Training
  • Inspection of Dams
  • Public Safety at Dams
  • Regulatory Program Issues
  • Owner Issues (Operation and Maintenance)
  • General Dam Safety or Levee Policy
  • Regulation of Tailings Dams
  • General Risk Policies
  • Hydroelectric
  • General Case Studies
  • Funding
  • New and Emerging Technologies

Judging Procedures and Deadlines

  • Abstracts must be submitted on-line by December 13, 2019.
  • The regional conference organizing committee is responsible for reviewing all submittals and making selections for inclusion in the conference agenda.
  • Proposals constituting sales pitches for products or services will not be considered.
  • Selections will be announced on or about January 27, 2020.
  • Selected abstracts will be posted on the ASDSO website and published in conference program.

Tips for Writing a Good Abstract

An abstract is a short summary of your topic. If done well, it makes the reader want to learn more about your topic. These are the basic components of an abstract in any discipline:

  • Motivation/problem statement: Why do we care about the problem? What practical, scientific, or theoretical gap is your topic filling?
  • Methods/procedure/approach: What did you actually do to get your results? (e.g. modeled, designed, constructed, etc.)
  • Results/findings/product: As a result of completing the above procedure, what did you learn or create?
  • Conclusion/implications: What are the larger implications of your findings, especially for the gap identified in step 1?

Recommendations for ASDSO conference abstracts

The conference program committee suggests these easy guidelines for achieving a favorable review of your abstract.

  • Paper titles should be short, but descriptive, and should indicate benefits to the audience.
  • Do not send supplemental materials (photos, articles or reports) with your abstract. These will not be seen by the program review committee.
  • Limit abstracts to approximately 350 words (400 word max)
  • Numerous case study abstracts are submitted each year that describe generic dam safety improvements. If submitting a case study, make the most compelling issue or interesting aspect of the project the main focus of your abstract.
  • Be clear and concise! Provide only the information needed to make your point. Unfocused abstracts that ramble may lose the interest of the reviewer.
  • Don't cut and paste sentences from a full technical paper into your abstract. Writing that is appropriate for long papers is often too detailed for abstracts.
  • Present your findings in the abstract. Do not say that results will be discussed or are forthcoming.
  • Identify key messages about the rationale for your work, the methods, and the conclusions before you write. Know in advance what is important or unique about your topic, what you did, why you did it, what you learned.
  • Write in the active voice
  • Avoid jargon and explain uncommon acronyms.
  • Proofread your abstract before submitting. Pay particular attention to spelling, grammar, punctuation, and all numbers.
How to Submit an Abstract
  • Visit the abstract submission site. Login using the same login and password as you use on or Collaborate. Don't have one? No problem you can create one on the site.  
  • Submit your abstract and all required information.
    • If you are adding a Co-Author to the submission please search first to see if they are already in the database. If they are not, please click on Add Missing User and enter their name and email. In the Comment field please include their company name and phone number. 
  • 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.

Submit your abstract now! 

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