Association of State Dam Safety Officials - September 2016 

A National Dam Rehabilitation Assistance Fund Could Become Law

This month, in a major victory for many infrastructure stakeholders including ASDSO, the Senate passed S.2848 the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 in a vote of 95-3. This massive bill will prepare ports and harbors for post-Panama Canal renovation sized ships and authorize major ecosystem restoration projects across dozens of states. Most importantly for ASDSO members, it will establish a long-awaited dam rehabilitation program. 
While speaking to our annual conference attendees in Philadelphia, ASCE Government Relations partner, Whit Remer said, In an era of tightening federal budgets, partisan deadlock and election-year rhetoric many are calling WRDA's passage no small miracle. It's difficult to find any bill pass with such favorability, let alone a multi billion dollar oneWRDA is now the legislative envy of other bills in town--bringing together two of the Senate's arguably most polar opposite personalities, im Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA)--who've made the case on just how important flood control, navigation and ecosystem restoration are to communities around the county. It also helps that the Congressional Budget Office predicts that while the bill "costs" nearly $10 billion, it will actually save the U.S. taxpayer $6 million dollars over ten years. Presumably, that has something to do with risk mitigation and maintenance activities the bill provides, allowing engineers to get ahead of problems before unscheduled delays or infrastructure failures stack up.

The dam rehabilitation program housed under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will allow non-federal dam owners to apply for small grants to rehabilitate, remove or repair high-hazard potential dams. The bill is authorized at $60 million over 10 years with a cap of $7.5 million per project. Over the past several months, the ASDSO Legislative Advocacy Committee worked with Senator Jack Reed's (D-RI) office to supply data and advice toward the creation of the dam rehabilitation bill.

Now it is hoped that the House will take up and pass WRDA. A conference committee will then be formed to work out the differences prior to the end of the Congress in December. STAY TUNED for legislative alerts from ASDSO and ASCE. Support by constituents may be very important heading into November and December. 

Late Breaking Alert: On Thursday, September 28, the House of Representatives passed HR 5303, their version of WRDA, by a vote of 399-25. Now both bills will head to a conference committee where differences will be negotiated. And then a straight up and down vote from both houses. The Dam Rehab provision was not included in the House bill but advocacy efforts will continue to get the language included in the conference report.

Dam Safety 2016 Recap

ASDSO's 33rd annual national conference was held September 11-15, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The conference drew approximately 900 attendees and guests from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, plus international attendees from Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Sweden, New Zealand, Korea, France, China, and Brazil.

In addition to enjoying a gracious welcome from the City of Brotherly Love, attendees benefited from a host of educational and networking opportunities, including these conference highlights:
Bruce Muller gave the keynote address on the Teton Dam failure.
  • A powerful keynote presentation by Bruce Muller of the Bureau of Reclamation: "Remembering the Teton Dam Failure and the Launch of Modern Dam Safety Policy"
  • Lively and interactive soapbox sessions addressing "Is it Us Against Them Part 2: Let's Hear it from Both Sides of the Design Review Process " and " Regulator Actions for Unsafe Dams"
  • Lightning talks by poster presenters
  • Recognition of 2016 national, regional, and student award winners
  • Field tours of the Conowingo and Holtwood Dams
  • A variety of timely networking events, including the Young Professionals meet & greet, a lunchtime Dine-Around, two exhibitor receptions, and door prize giveaways.

Special thanks go to the conference organizing committee chaired by John Ritchey of the New Jersey DEP, all of the exhibitors and sponsors, and to the speakers and moderators who made Dam Safety 2016 a rousing success.

Conference Proceedings Available

Those who were unable to attend can still benefit from the educational component of the conference. More than 80 technical papers are included in the Dam Safety 2016 Proceedings. The CD is now available for purchase in the ASDSO Bookstore. (Member price: $54) 

Board of Directors Transitions

Dusty Myers, Chief of the Dam Safety Division of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, was voted in as ASDSO president for 2016-2017. Completing the roster of ASDSO officers for the coming year are President-Elect Jonathan Garton (IA), Treasurer Roger P. Adams (PA), Secretary Hal Van Aller (MD). Outgoing president Jim Pawloski (PA) will stay on the Board as immediate past president (and was voted to serve out the Midwest term vacated by Paul Simon).

Outgoing board members are Charlie Cobb (AK), Paul Simon (MO), Art Sengupta (FL), Shane Cook (NC), Jim Gallagher (NH), and Michele Lemieux (MT). 
The Board is pleased to welcome new board members Yohanes Sugeng (OK), Ken Smith (IN), Brad Cole (NC), Alon Dominitz (NY) and Trevor Timberlake (AR), Nathan Graves (WY) and Ann Kuzyk (CT).  
Rounding out the 2016-2017 board roster are returning members Bill McCormick (CO), Tom Woosley (GA), and Charles Thompson (NM). 

2015-16 Recognition Program

ASDSO's 2016 award winners were recognized during the Awards Luncheon held Monday, September 12 during the Dam Safety 2016 national conference in Philadelphia: 
  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife - National Rehabilitation Project of the Year: Beaver Park Dam
  • Bruce Tschantz and Ron Corso - National Award of Merit
  • Suez Water, New Jersey and Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, Massachusetts - Northeast Regional Award of Merit
  • Lyle Bentley, Tennessee Dam Safety Program - Southeast Regional Award of Merit
  • Ohio DNR Division of Engineering - Midwest Regi onal Award of Merit
  • John Clark, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and Michele Lemieux, Montana Dam Safety Section - West Regional Award of Merit
  • Blake Tullis, Utah State University - Terry Hampton Medal
  • Emily Reed, Tennessee Tech, and Yi Tyan Tsai, UCLA - Student Paper Competition
  • Cali McMurtrey, Brigham Young University - ASDSO Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Mark Baker, National Park Service, and Lucas Trumble, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - President's Award
See pictures and profiles of all award winners.

Honorary Members - Class of 2016

Also recognized at Dam Safety 2016: ASDSO's new class of Honorary Members, who have contributed to the improvement of ASDSO and the advancement of dam safety over a lifetime of work:
  • Brian Long, retired from the State of West Virginia, Dam Safety Section, Dept. of Env. Protection
  • Lyle Bentley, State of Tennessee, Chief, Dam Safety Program
  • Dave Campbell, Schnabel Engineering
  • Steve McEvoy, retired from the State of North Carolina, Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ron Corso, retired, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
ASDSO Passes Resolution on Tailings Dam Safety
During their annual business meeting, held September 11 in Philadelphia, the ASDSO Board of Directors and State Representatives passed ASDSO Resolution 1-2016, acknowledging the importance of safe tailings dams and expressing support for state dam safety programs with regulatory authority over tailings dams. 

New Cooperative Technical Partnership Finalized
New Coordination and Funding from the National Dam Safety Program

Thanks to the efforts of James Demby, director of the FEMA National Dam Safety Program, and ASDSO Director Lori Spragens, a new Cooperative Technical Partnership (CTP) has been signed between FEMA and ASDSO. This CTP will make it possible to work more closely to carry out both the goals of the National Dam Safety Program and ASDSO.

The agreement will provide a little less than $500K to ASDSO's Training Programs to focus on creating a Training and Technical Assistance Program for state dam safety agencies. The first year plan will provide support for the classroom and webinar programs and will allow ASDSO to provide all archived webinars to state agencies free-of-charge. The dormant site will be getting a breath of fresh air with new and continuous updates. ASDSO will also support FEMA by providing collection and analysis services of vital state performance metrics. Lastly, our Dam Failures and Incidents Committee will oversee a research project to look at the feasibility of creating dam failure forensic teams that could be operated under the National Dam Safety Program.

Southeast Call for Abstracts 
ASDSO invites abstracts of papers to be considered for presentation at the 2017 Southeast Regional Dam Safety Conference, to be held April 18-20 at The Music City Center in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. This conference is geared toward dam safety engineers and dam owners/operators in the Southeast. Both technical and non-technical topics may be included on the agenda. Presentations from a dam owner's perspective are especially welcome. Abstracts are due November 1.

ASDSO Training Calendar

October 11-13  Classroom Seminar: Inspection and Assessment of Dams

November 1  Last day to submit abstracts for ASDSO's 2017 Southeast Regional Conference 

For more ASDSO Training News, watch for ASDSO's Training & Education Newsletter, sent on the 15th of each month.
National Weather Service Asks for ASDSO Members' Help
NWS Watch, Warning and Advisory Survey for Decision-makers 

NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) is conducting a survey that is gauging how decision-makers, such as dam safety officials, use NWS watches, warnings and advisories. Your feedback will play an important role in any decisions on how to improve NWS hazard messages.

This survey is part of the NWS Hazard Simplification Project, which is analyzing the use and effectiveness of NWS watches, warnings and advisories, and evaluating possible alternatives to these terms. The survey will assess the extent to which organizations (at all levels and in various sectors) have formally incorporated watches, warnings and advisories into their decision-making processes via policies, protocols, laws, etc. For instance, are there dam safety agencies with a written policy that says if a Flood Watch is issued, then XYZ needs to happen?

Survey answers will help the NWS understand the potential policy impact on various key partners if it significantly changes watches, warnings or advisories, such as altering the meaning or name of a particular watch, warning or advisory.

This survey will close after October 31, 2016

To take the survey, please visit

If you have any questions or comments, please email

For more information about the overall Hazard Simplification Project, please visit

FEMA Requests
Applicants Sought for FEMA Advisory Council IPAWS Subcommittee

FEMA is accepting applications for individuals to serve on the new Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) subcommittee of the National Advisory Council. The subcommittee will develop recommendations for an improved integrated public alert and warning system. Subcommittee appointment terms will begin in 2017 and end in April 2019. Applications are due October 6. Details.

FEMA Invites Comments on Risk MAP Guidance

To support the Risk MAP program, FEMA maintains guidelines and standards that define the implementation of the statutory and regulatory requirements for NFIP flood risk analysis and mapping and address the performance of flood risk projects, processing of letters of map change and related Risk MAP activities. In August, FEMA completed a public review of changes to the standards. FEMA is now initiating a review of guidance, technical references and related documents planned for update in November, and invites comments by October 7. Details.

Enter the "Rodent Burrow Challenge"

As reported last month, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources Dam Safety Branch launched a competition to prevent rodent burrows in earthen embankments.

The contest - Preventing Rodent Burrows in Earthen Embankments - offers a prize purse of $20,000.

Entries must be made through by 11:59 p.m. ET, Oct 11, 2016.  

State Notes

Florida: Upcoming Dam Safety Workshop 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Florida Rural Water Association are hosting a Dam Safety and Dam Owner's Workshop October 27, 2016 in Temple Terrace, FL. This seminar is exclusively centered on Florida's embankment dams, and is designed primarily to help dam owners/operators and Environmental Resource Permit reviewers. Details. 

Ohio: Dam Safety Awareness Field Trip for Legislators
The Ohio Dam Safety Organization (ODSO), a partner organization of ASDSO, hosted a field trip for state legislators at Lake White Dam on August 30. Legislators from key oversight committees were invited to tour the construction site along with ODSO members and representatives of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (owner of the dam at Lake White State Park) and Ohio Dam Safety Program staff. The trip included presentations by ODSO members on general elements of dams and the Lake White Dam rehabilitation project followed by the tour of the construction site. After the tour, there were additional presentations on Ohio's dam safety rules and an overview of dam safety nationally. Five legislators and other legislative staff attended the field trip. ODSO held the event to help educate members of the Ohio General Assembly and their staff on the importance of dam safety. ODSO received a thank-you letter from one of the legislators stating that "Many people drive by or walk on dams without realizing how much planning and work goes into their design and construction. Even fewer people ever get an in-depth tour of a dam and discover how important it is to have careful and masterful engineering and maintenance. There are literally lives at stake. This is why I believe this was such a valuable learning opportunity for us." ODSO plans to make this an annual event. 
Ohio legislators, ODSO members, and ODNR staff at Lake White construction site
South Carolina: Report on October 2015 Floods Released; Dam Safety Legislation Under Discussion 
Following South Carolina's October 2015 flooding disaster, the Northeastern University Center for Resilience Studies dispatched a team to study the cascading effects of the storm, the interdependent nature of critical infrastructure systems, and to harvest lessons that could be shared with similarly situated communities before their next major flood.

The study - sponsored by
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Resilient Systems Division, and undertaken in coordination with the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection - utilized interviews with citizen activists, response and recovery officials at multiple levels of government and local university researchers.

After drafting an initial set of findings, the Center for Resilience Studies convened a workshop in June 2016 with this wide group of stakeholders to get further input and feedback.  The final report - The South Carolina Deluge: Lessons Learned from a Watershed Disaster -  is the result of these countless interviews and conversations, first-hand observations and in-depth research, and decades of collective scholarship on the nature of resilient communities, cities, regions and the critical infrastructure systems upon which they depend.

Discussions regarding potential new dam safety legislation in South Carolina continue. The SC House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Dam Safety Ad-Hoc Committee met on September 21-22; the group's next meeting, on October 27, will be live broadcast starting at 10:00 a.m.  Details.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)'s latest Status Update on Dams, as of September 2016 additional resources from the S.C. General Assembly will expand the Dam Safety Program to approximately 14 full-time staff members, almost doubling the program size.

Tennessee: Infrastructure Report Card Released

The American Society of Civil Engineers' 2016 Report Card for Tennessee's Infrastructure grades Tennessee's infrastructure a "C" - the same grade the state received in 2009. ASCE graded dams at 'D', noting:

Similar to the nation's dams, the average age of Tennessee's dams is about 50 years, with about half of the regulated dams built between 1950 and 1979. Of the 661 state-regulated dams in Tennessee, all but 10 are in compliance with the state's safety standards. Tennessee's state-regulated high hazard potential dams are inspected annually and 100% of state-regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan; however, 576 farm ponds in Tennessee are exempt from regulation, a major contributing factor to the Dams category grade. Funding for the state-regulated dams has typically fallen below that of the national average but has not significantly impacted the ability to inspect all dams currently under their authority.

Fontana Dam -TVA
Federal Focus  

Tennessee Valley Authority: AAR Remediation at Fontana Dam

TVA engineers are working to arrest alkali aggregate reaction (AAR), or concrete growth, at Fontana Dam, cutting engineered vertical slots in the dam to proactively relieve compression stress. The work is expected to be completed by November 22. 

Read more.

DOI Partnerships for Dam Removals

The U.S. Department of Interior is facilitating partnerships for removal of obsolete, abandoned, and dangerous dams across the nation, including: 
  • This month's removal of Hughesville Dam in New Jersey marked the fifth removal along the Musconetcong River.
  • The removal of Elwha and Glines Canyon dams opened up more than 70 river miles of the Elwha River.
  • In the Puget Sound, the removal of a dike and restoration of the Nisqually River Estuary;
  • In Maine, the removal of the Great Works and Veazie dams on the Penobscot River marked the beginning of the nation's largest river restoration project. The project opened than 1,000 miles of native river habitat for endangered aquatic species and restored a vital cultural and natural resource for the Penobscot Indian Nation.
  • Over the past 20 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has worked with 700 partners in local communities to remove more than 1,638 barriers to fish passage, reopening nearly 24,000 river miles. 

According to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, "We know that there are more local communities, private dam owners, and governments at the local and state level who are interested in removing dams that no longer provide public benefits, especially those that are cost-prohibitive to maintain or upgrade, pose significant public safety risks, and could provide significant ecological benefits if removed. Where that is the case, the federal government is prepared to do whatever it can to help."  Read more.  

Latest News
Alaskan Congressional Delegation Urges State Department to Address Dam-Related Transboundary Issues 

In requesting a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, the Alaska Congressional delegation pointed to the Mount Polley tailings dam failure in questioning the efficacy of the International Joint Commission. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, along with Congressman Don Young, wrote to Secretary Kerry regarding the risks that mining in British Columbia may pose to Alaskans, asking that the State Department:

1.Encourage British Columbia officials to consider the cumulative impacts of mining and their potential impacts on transboundary waters during the review and approval process for mines.
2.Determine whether an International Joint Commission reference is a suitable venue to determine whether Canadian mines are following "best practices" in treatment of wastewaters and acid-producing mine tailings - especially in light of the scientific reviews of the causes of the Mt. Polley tailing disposal dam failure.
3.Establish a more formal consultation process with American state agencies, other federal agencies, tribes, and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporations during Canadian mine permit reviews, similar to the American process of having participating entities during Environmental Impact Statement preparations.
4.Support Environment Canada's water quality study effort relating to the impacts of mining on transboundary waters.
5.Support and work towards robust funding for water quality testing on the American side of the border to establish baseline water quality data, so that the U.S. can file for damages in the event of mining-related damage from Canadian mines.

The Delegation also urged Secretary Kerry to appoint a Special Representative for U.S.-Canada Transboundary Issues; create an Interagency Working Group to address these issues; and work with the Delegation to form U.S.-Canada exchanges of legislators and parliamentarians to discuss transboundary issues on both sides of the border. 

Fracking, Earthquakes, and Dam Safety 
The magnitude 5.6 earthquake that occurred in Oklahoma on September 3 was the second 5+ magnitude earthquake to hit the state this year, and the strongest quake in the country in 2016 to date. The USGS reported that further study is needed to determine if this particular earthquake was caused by wastewater fluid injection, although the process has been linked to "many" earthquakes in Oklahoma.

The increased frequency of earthquakes in the Midwest has led to an increase in post-event dam and levee inspections by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which inspected its dams within 50 miles of the epicenter of the September 3rd quake.

USACE officials said that none of the seven dams inspected after the earthquake were damaged, but that regional construction standards likely need updating in light of increased seismic activity.

Fracking impacts on dam safety have become a hot topic in both the U.S. and Canada. In Alberta, annual earthquake incidence reportedly increased roughly tenfold from 2002 to 2011.

For more information:
Over the past two years, ASDSO has tracked more than 50 drownings and many more safety incidents at dams across the U.S., including four in September - one in Illinois, two in Indiana, and one in Texas (a rescue by a lasso-wielding bystander). Stories on these incidents, along with an excellent article published in the 9/1/16 edition of the Wichita Eagle ('Drowning Machines': Low-head Dams an Unexpected Killer) are posted on ASDSO's Public Safety & Awareness page. 
Other "safety at dams" resources recently published are:
"Stay Afloat" Flood Awareness Campaign. This children's activity book from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security includes a page on safety at low-head dams.

Research Notes:   
For additional dam safety resources, search 

Member News
Kim de Rubertis has received USSD's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his 54 years of civil, geotechnical and construction engineering experience. A consulting engineer in Cashmere, Washington, Kim has participated in the design, construction, remediation and emergency repair of more than 80 dams and numerous hydraulic structures worldwide. He has performed dam safety inspections as an independent consultant for over 35 years, and has served on Boards of Consultants for design reviews and development of remedial measures for a number of dams in the Pacific Northwest. Through his technical papers, conference presentations and workshops, his emphasis on the human factor in dam safety and, in particular, the role that human error has played in dam safety incidents has helped to bring the subject to the forefront of the dam safety community. He has mentored, educated and supported thousands of engineers during his extraordinary career spanning more than five decades.


Welcome New Members!
The following individuals joined ASDSO in September:

Brian Banks, Schnabel Engineering, Rockville, MD
Steven Bath, US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
Jessica Bean, Avista Corporation, Spokane, WA
Jacob Bench, Michael Baker International, Columbus, OH
Eric Blankenship, KS Department of Agriculture, Manhattan, KS
Jorge Bueno-Galdo, AECOM, Clifton, NJ
Bryan Carignan, GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., Norwood, MA
Joseph Carlson, ID Department of Water Resources, Coeur D Alene, ID
Robert Clay, none, Rolla, MO
Paul Dreyer, Hatch Acres Corporation, Buffalo, NY
Joseph G. Engels, P.E., LSP, GEI Consultants, Inc., New York, NY
Matthew Goff, Schnabel Engineering, West Chester, PA
Robert L. Hall, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Camp Hill, PA
Michael Harney, Shannon & Wilson Inc., Seattle, WA
Jonathan Harris, Schnabel Engineering, Greensboro, NC
William Hultman, Shannon & Wilson Inc., Seattle, WA
Linda Hutchins, GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc./Huff & Huff, Inc., Oak Brook, IL
David Jackson, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lakewood, CO
Doug Jones, ID Department of Water Resources, Twin Falls, ID
Ahintha Kandamby, Ph.D., EIT, O'Brien & Gere, Rochester, NY
Cynthia Oestreich, Avista Corporation, Spokane, WA
David Railsback, Schnabel Engineering, Halfmoon, NY
Helen Robinson, Schnabel Engineering, West Chester, PA
Jennifer Ross, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY
Glen Selover, Wilson and Company, Albuquerque, NM
Chelsey Serrano, ID Department of Water Resources, Idaho Falls, ID
Katherine Sharpe, Gannett Fleming, Inc., State College, PA
Phil Shull, Schnabel Engineering, West Chester, PA
Mahdi Soudkhah, AECOM, Clifton, NJ
Michael P. Taylor, P.E., Schnabel Engineering, Halfmoon, NY
George Teetes, Schnabel Engineering, Dallas, TX
Don Ukers, First District Water Department, Norwalk, CT
John Volk, AECOM, Conshohocken, PA
Christopher Way, US Army Corps of Engineers, Middlebury, CT
Jacob Wessell, Schnabel Engineering, Columbia, SC
Erin Wolfgong, O'Brien & Gere, East Norriton, PA 


Visit the ASDSO Career Center to learn about the positions listed below, view student resumes, and post career and internship opportunities.

Experienced Structural Engineer - Water Resources
Mead & Hunt, Madison, Wisconsin
Post Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Close Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

Water Resources Engineer
Vista Irrigation District, Vista, California
Post Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Close Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

Hydraulic Engineer/Hydrologist
Mead & Hunt, Madison, Wisconsin
Post Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Close Date: Monday, October 10, 2016

Senior Project Manager/Water Resources Engineer
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Norwood, Massachusetts
Post Date: Friday, September 9, 2016
Close Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Senior Level Dam Engineer
PARE Corporation, Foxboro, Massachusetts
Post Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Close Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dam Operator
Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, Oak Creek, Colorado
Post Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Close Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Deputy Chief Dam Safety
New York City Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), Shokan, NY
Post Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Close Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Partner News and Events
E0431 Understanding the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) will be held at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland on October 24-27, 2016 and May 8-11, 2017. This course enables emergency management personnel and response and recovery personnel from all political jurisdictions to more effectively understand, activate, implement, and use the EMAC system.

Deep Foundations Institute International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation. October 12-15, 2016 in New York, New York. DFI's 41st Annual Conference will attract industry professionals from around the globe to gather and share experiences, exchange ideas and learn the current state-of-the-practice from various disciplines.

NHERI@UTexas Workshop Invitation: 3D Levee Imaging - The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure Equipment Facility at the University of Texas at Austin (NHERI@UTexas) is hosting a workshop on non-intrusive 3D levee imaging in St. Louis, MO on November 11, 2016.  This workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal is helping researchers to prepare research proposals for the NSF.  The workshop will include presentations on NHERI@UTexas equipment and non-intrusive levee imaging, followed by a field demonstration of a proof-of-concept 3D imaging study on the Mel-Price Wood River levee. Travel support is available for a number of participants. Preference will be given to those interested in submitting proposals to the Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program of NSF.  

Grouting 2017: Grouting, Deep Mixing, and Diaphragm Walls Conference will be held  July 9-12, 2017 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference will focus on new technologies and current practice related to Grouting, Deep Mixing and Diaphragm Walls.


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ASDSO 2015-2016 Board of Directors: Jim Pawloski, PE (President) - Michigan;  Dusty Myers, PE (President-Elect) - Mississippi; Jon Garton, PE (Treasurer) - Iowa; Roger Adams, PE (Secretary) - Pennsylvania; Tom Woosley, PE (Past President) - Georgia; Charlie Cobb, PE - Alaska; Shane Cook, PE - North Carolina; Bill McCormick, PE - Colorado; Art Sengupta, PE - Florida; Paul Simon, PE - Missouri; Charles Thompson, PE - New Mexico; Hal Van Aller, PE - Maryland.  Advisory Committee Representatives: Eric Ditchey, PE; Paul Schweiger, PE
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