Dam Failures and Lessons Learned: Agenda

TUESDAY, MAY 16

7:15 – 8:00 am
Registration Continental Breakfast
 
8:00 – 8:30 am
Welcome, Introductions, and Seminar Overview

8:30 – 9:00 am
Dam and Levee Safety in the United States: A Look at the Past and a Look Forward

9:00 – 9:10 am
Break

9:10 – 10:00 am
Definition of Terms Failures/Accidents and Statistics of Dam Failures 

10:00 – 10:10 am
Break

10:10 – 11:10 pm
Failure Categories and Case Histories – Part 1

11:10 – 11:20 am
Break

11:20 – 12:00 am
Failure Categories and Case Histories – Part 2

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch on Your Own

1:00 – 1:50 pm
Potential Failure Modes Analyses – A tool for anticipating how a dam might fail
 
1:50 – 2:00 pm
Break

2:00 – 2:50 pm
Cracking in Embankment Dams and Levees, Causes, and Case Histories

2:50 – 3:00 pm
Break

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Backward Erosion Piping, Internal Erosion, and Heave; Definitions and Case Histories

3:50 – 4:00 pm
Break

4:00 –5:00 pm
Dam Safety vs. Safety at Dams, Liability – Lessons Learned

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

7:15 – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
 
8:00 – 8:15 am
Recap Day 1 and Overview Day 2

8:15 – 9:00 am
Introduction to Risk Analysis and Case Histories

9:00 – 9:10 am
Break

9:10 – 10:30 am
Dam and Levee Overtopping and Breaching Failures

10:30 – 10:40 am
Break

10:40 – 12:00 pm
Spillway Erosion and Breaching Failures

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch on Your Own

1:00 – 2:30 pm
Design Measures to Address Major Seepage Failure Mechanisms
 
2:30 – 2:40 pm
Break

2:40 – 3:40 pm
Emergency Actions to Prevent Embankment Seepage Failures

3:50 – 4:00 pm
Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Increasing Conveyance Capacity at Dams, Including Embankment and Earth Spillway Armoring

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Dinner on Own

7:00 pm -
Optional Evening Session – Meet the Instructors and Share Dam Incident Stories

THURSDAY, MAY 18

7:15 – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
 
8:00 – 8:15 am
Recap Day 2 and Overview Day 3

8:15 – 9:45 am
Concrete Dam Failure Modes and Case Histories

9:45 – 9:55 am
Break

9:55 – 11:15 am
Other Dam Failure Modes and Case Histories

11:15 – 11:25 am
Break

11:25 – 12:00 pm
New FEMA Lessons Learned from Dam Failures and Incidents Portal, Other Resources, and Seminar Wrap Up

12:30 pm
Seminar Adjourns

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