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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/17/2022 at 10:00 AM (MST)

    This webinar is designed to bring awareness to the underlying non-technical factors that influence project teams, and to offer tools to utilize when leading a team or being a member of a team.

    Research into team dynamics has highlighted psychological safety as a distinguishing characteristic of high performing teams. Within such teams, the individual team members work respectfully with the varied personality, background, communication, and leadership styles of their fellow teammates while authentically engaging their own styles. In such environments, team members trust each other, work collectively, and hold each other accountable.  

    This webinar is designed to bring awareness to the underlying non-technical factors that influence project teams, and to offer tools to utilize when leading a team or being a member of a team. 

    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn what the Team Dynamics cycle is and how each stage affects team performance and communication 
    2. Learn what psychological safety is in the work environment and what you can do to foster a safe environment 
    3. Understand your role in the Team Dynamics cycle 
    4. Identify where project teams are in the Team Dynamics cycle and have the tools to take action to help the team navigate each stage of the cycle. 

    Takeaways

    1. Empowered as a team member to identify and support the team through each stage  
    2. Have strategies for preparing for the Storming stage 
    3. Have strategies for moving through each stage effectively 
    4. Have strategies to foster a psychologically safe environment for your team 

    2 PDH

    Tara McFarland

    Create Conversation

    Tara holds a BSc. in Geological Engineering, a MSc. in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado. She has over 20 years experience in geotechnical engineering, most recently as a Program Manager in the Dam Safety Office at the Bureau of Reclamation.  

    She is the founder and CEO of Create Conversation, a business dedicated to guiding others in connecting their heads to their hearts and leading with audacity. 

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/06/2022 at 8:30 AM (MDT)

    1 Day Workshop: Part of the Fall 2022 Workshop Series in Denver, CO

    Static liquefaction has been in the spotlight of different technical communities as it has been associated with numerous recent failures of tailings storage facilities (e.g., the 2019 failure of Dam I at the Corrego de Feijao mine in Brumadinho, Brazil) and water reservoir dams (e.g., the 2020 failure of Edenville dam in Michigan). Similarly, earthquake-induced liquefaction has caused major damage to earth dams and other infrastructure (e.g., slope deformation of Lower San Fernando dam during the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, failure of the Tapo Canyon dailings dam during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and flow slide of the Las Palmas tailings dam during the 2011 Maule earthquake).  

    This 1-day workshop will discuss core concepts of static and cyclic liquefaction relying on the critical state soil mechanics framework and outline how static and cyclic liquefaction assessments are incorporated in the design of dam systems. Towards this end, hands-on exercises and practical examples will be used to illustrate state-of-the-art techniques to assess static and dynamic liquefaction.  

    Workshop objectives  

    Outline the state-of-the-art in the assessment of static and dynamic liquefaction. 

    Introduce practical tools for assessing static and dynamic liquefaction. 

    Introduce emerging directions to advance the assessment of static and dynamic liquefaction. 

    Specific benefits participants will take away: 

    The state-of-practice and state-of-the-art techniques to assess static and dynamic liquefaction 

    How to estimate properties for static liquefaction assessment using hands-on exercises. 

    How to use the CPT-based information to assess liquefaction triggering and consequences. 

    Numerical-based techniques to assess static and dynamic liquefaction, including a hands-on exercise.

    8 PDHs

    Jorge Macedo, Ph.D., PE.

    Georgia Institute of Technology, chair of the TAILENG center

    Dr. Jorge Macedo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2013) degrees from the Peruvian National University of Engineering and M.S. (2014) and Ph.D. (2017) degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, all majoring in civil engineering. Dr. Macedo practiced as a geotechnical tailings engineer for six years (2008-2013), working on major mining projects in Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil from conception to detailed engineering design, and he holds PE licenses in California and Peru. Dr. Macedo’s main research areas are geotechnical earthquake engineering, data-driven risk engineering applied to multi-hazards, and mining geotechnics. His research aims to make geotechnical infrastructure systems (e.g., tailings dams) and cities more resilient against natural and man-made hazards, saving lives, and reducing economic losses. Dr. Macedo is also the founder and chair of the TAilings and IndustriaL waste ENGineering (TAILENG) center that focuses on improving the sustainability of infrastructure in the mining and power industries and is active in investigating intermediate man-made materials such as mine tailings. 

    Dr. Jonathan Bray

    University of California, Berkeley

    Jonathan Bray, Ph.D., P.E., NAE is the Faculty Chair in Earthquake Engineering Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bray is a registered professional civil engineer and has served as a consultant on important engineering projects and peer review panels. He has authored more than 400 research publications on topics that include liquefaction and its effects on structures, seismic performance of dams and slopes, earthquake ground motions and site effects, and earthquake fault rupture propagation. He created and led the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. Dr. Bray is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and has received several honors, including the Seed Medal, Terzaghi Award, Ishihara Lecture, Peck Award, Joyner Lecture, Middlebrooks Award, Huber Research Prize, Packard Foundation Fellowship, and NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. 

    Dr. Scott Olson

    University of Illinois

    Scott M. Olson, PhD, PE is a Professor and Faculty Excellence Scholar in the CEE Department at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Illinois, Scott worked in practice for Woodward-Clyde Consultants and URS Corporation for nearly 8 years. Prof. Olson has researched static and seismic liquefaction for over 25 years, and has been involved in dozens of research projects, consulting activities, and review boards involving geotechnical earthquake engineering; tailings dam engineering; in situ, laboratory, and centrifuge testing, soil-foundation-structure interaction; and paleoliquefaction and geohazards analysis. Scott has published over 150 journal papers, conference articles, and reports, and has received numerous awards, including the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the Canadian Geotechnical Society R.M. Quigley Award. Recently, Prof. Olson became a Founding and Steering Committee member of the U.S.-based Tailings and Industrial Waste Engineering (TAILENG) Center and an Advisory Board member for the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/04/2022 at 8:30 AM (MDT)

    2 Day Workshop: Part of the 2022 Fall Workshop Series in Denver, CO

    DLS-113  Fundamentals of Facilitating a Semi-Quantitative Risk Analysis

    The Dam and Levee Safety industry is in the process of adopting Risk-Informed Decision Making (RIDM) as a framework for identifying and managing risks associated with dams and levees.  A core component of RIDM is risk analysis workshops. In these workshops a team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), aided by a Facilitator conduct a PFMA/SQRA.  This course is intended for SMEs with risk analysis experience who wish to learn the role and responsibilities of a risk analysis facilitator.  By the end of the training, participants will have a basic understanding of how to: 

    • Develop skills as a facilitator
    • Understand the role of the facilitator and the appropriate behaviors needed to be successful
    • Organize and lead a PFMA/SQRA
    • Assess the needs of the project and owner and scale the PFMA/SQRA appropriately
    • Ensure that the proper level of preparation is conducted prior to the workshop
    • Lead the PFMA/SQRA workshop including facilitation skills
    • Encourage focused, constructive, and respectful discussion
    • Encourage engagement from all SMEs
    • Identify and advise SMEs if the proceedings are being impacted by cognitive errors (e.g., recency bias, anchoring)
    • Lead close-out activities including summarizing and portraying risk
    • Ensure that proper documentation and review is conducted
    • Discuss challenges and potential solutions 

    In addition, examples, exercises, and breakout sessions will be provided where attendees will have an opportunity to practice taught skills.

    This training course is not intended to cover development of PFMs and elicitation of risk estimates.  The student should already have this experience from participation in past workshops.  Rather, this course is intended to prepare facilitators for their unique role as an independent leader of the workshop, to minimize bias, and ensure that proper communication and integration of facts and opinions are documented.

    Intended Audience

    This is a basic training course for becoming a facilitator.  However, it requires a significant amount of experience in dam safety risk assessments to act as a facilitator.  This training along with real SQRA experience can ultimately lead to becoming an effective and qualified risk facilitator.

    Prerequisite minimum experience suggested to benefit from this course:
    • Have a professional engineering or engineering geologist registration.
    • Have 10 or more years in dam design and evaluation experience and could qualify as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) or Independent Consultant for FERC Part 12 or similar review. 
    • Acted as an SME for at least 2 dam safety SQRAs or QRAs.
    • Primary author for at least 1 SQRA or QRA report.
    • Completed at least the SQRA training course DLS-103 (Leveraging PFMA to Perform SQRA

    16 PDHs

    Jonathan Harris

    Schnabel

    Jonathan Harris currently acts as the National Practice Leader for Dam Safety and Risk at Schnabel. He has over 27 years of experience specializing in geotechnical engineering, embankment dam design, seismic engineering, dam safety, and risk analysis. He spent 11 years with the Bureau of Reclamation, working at the Technical Service Center as a Technical Project Lead. Jonathan has conducted numerous dam safety assessments for Reclamation, FERC licensees, and other hydropower owners in the United States and other countries. He spent three years working in New Zealand performing dam safety and risk assessments within New Zealand and other countries.

    Jonathan has performed as a facilitator and subject matter expert for qualitative and quantitative risk analyses for numerous dam facilities. He has actively been involved in providing training for dam safety and risk analysis for over 15 years and is currently part of the United States Society on Dams risk-informed decision making (RIDM) training development leadership team and helped organize the semi-quantitative risk analysis RIDM training.

    Jonathan has overseen numerous embankment dam projects for new and existing structures including site investigation, design, construction, and remediation. He has also been involved with many dam safety assessments for a variety of dam structure types and appurtenant structures, including embankments, spillways, and concrete dams.

    Jennifer Williams

    AECOM, Dams and Reservoirs Group

    Jennifer Williams is a registered professional engineer out of the Denver AECOM office. She has 20 years of experience with the majority of her professional career focused on dam safety including inspection; risk assessment; field investigations and characterization; seepage, stability and deformation analyses; alternatives studies; final design drawings and contract documents; and construction inspection observation.

    Ms. Williams’ design engineering experience includes new dams and rehabilitation design of existing embankment dams for seepage, stability and hydrologic deficiencies. She has been the lead designer on over 10 dams in the last 15 years. Ms. Williams’ experience in risk analysis includes Potential Failure Mode Analyses and risk assessments since 2004 with state, federal and private dam owners and regulators including state dam safety offices, USACE, Reclamation, and FERC.  

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/04/2022 at 8:30 AM (MDT)

    2 Day Workshop: Part of the Fall 2022 Workshop Series in Denver, CO The workshop will highlight how LifeSim was developed to effectively support reduction of life safety risks associated with flooding; evaluate existing and residual risks against tolerable risk guidelines; calculate life loss and economic damages; understand life loss dynamics associated with floods; and create or improve existing emergency action plans (EAPs).

    Several Federal agencies and dam and levee owners have made significant efforts over the years to better understand and quantify the risk of their dam and levee portfolios. The dam and levee safety community is relatively familiar with potential failure mode analysis and estimating failure likelihoods, but there is less familiarity with estimating the consequences of failure. Quantifying consequences can be done in varying levels of detail and there are several tools available to perform these estimates, one of which is the US Army Corps of Engineers Risk Management Center's software, LifeSim. LifeSim is designed to simulate the entire warning and evacuation process for estimating potential life loss and direct economic damages resulting from catastrophic floods.

    The workshop will highlight how LifeSim was developed to effectively support reduction of life safety risks associated with flooding; evaluate existing and residual risks against tolerable risk guidelines; calculate life loss and economic damages; understand life loss dynamics associated with floods; and create or improve existing emergency action plans (EAPs). 

    Workshop Objective:  

    The purpose of the workshop is to provide an overview of dam and levee safety risk assessment activities and consequence estimates used within the decision-making process at all levels, specifically using LifeSim, a software tool for estimating economic damages and life loss. 

    16 PDHs

    Joanna Leu

    Senior Water Resources Engineer

    HDR

    JoannaLeu is a Senior Water Resources Engineer at HDR, working in the Sacramento, CA office. She has B.S.and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Davis. Joanna is a registered Professional Engineerin the state of California. Herexpertise is in hydraulic numerical modeling, integration of GIS with hydrology and hydraulic studies, including floodplain mapping using HEC-RAS and GIS-based modeling systems, andtheCorps risk managementprocess, including risk analysis, risk assessment, risk communication, and flood consequence analysis. She has project management responsibility for all work performed in the risk analysis sector. She also has project and research experience in water management analysis, environmental restoration, technical analysis related to flood protection, and water quality analysis. She is an expert user of hydrologic and hydraulic software tools such as HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, FLO-2D, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-FDA, and HEC-LifeSim.Joanna has over 20 years experience in diversecomplex water resources planning and modeling projects.For seven years she worked at HDR in Folsom, CA where she gained experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for both local agencies supporting design and floodplain mapping, leading work with FEMA on digital flood insurance rate map production. Joanna worked the next 12years for David Ford Consulting Engineers in Sacramento, CA where she worked on multiple flood risk assessment projects quantifying flood damage and estimating life riskmainly using HEC-FDA. For the past 2 years Joanna has continued her work in flood risk assessments, back with HDR in Sacramento, CA where she recently has applied HEC-LifeSim to estimate life risk in several studies within the CA Central Valley and also assisted the RMC with development of the HEC-LifeSim Technical Reference Manual.

    Paul Risher

    Senior Water Resources Engineer

    HDR

    Paul is a senior water resources engineer with more than 18 years of experience including dam and levee infrastructure projects, flood risk analysis, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and specializing in consequence modeling. Paul leads various water resources projects for government agencies with a focus on flood impacts, embankment breach erosion, and floodplain modeling. Previously, Paul spent 9 years with USACE, where he was a member of the national levee screening review cadre and participated in many dam and levee safety risk analyses. He researched historic dam and levee breach floods and built data sets for testing and development. He also developed HEC analysis tools for HEC-LifeSim and HEC-RAS and risk analysis methods on extreme hydrology, breach erosion hydraulics, and flood fatality estimation for USACE-RMC. Paul is a frequent teacher of these methods to government and industry. He has a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Hydraulic Engineering from UNESCO-IHE, Delft.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/04/2022 at 8:30 AM (MDT)

    3 Day Workshop: Part of the 2022 Fall Workshop Series in Denver, CO

    Over the last several years there has been a strong move towards incorporating Risk Informed Decision Making as a cornerstone of dam safety programs. These efforts have built on the approaches used by federal dam safety owners (Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority) and now include utilities and state dam safety programs. In April of this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) put into effect new regulations (specifically 18 CFR 12) to require a Level 2 risk analysis (which utilizes semi-quantitative approaches) as part of the comprehensive assessments of dams. 

    Many PFMA’s have been performed for state- and federally-regulated dams, and as a result of that investment, considerable knowledge has been obtained about vulnerabilities associated with specific dams. The intent of this training is to leverage and improve on the significant investment that has already been made in performing PFMA’s, and use this information to perform semi-quantitative risk assessments (SQRA) for individual dams or dam portfolios.  These assessments can then be used as a screening tool to identify PFM’s and overall risks which are not likely to meet Tolerable Risk Guidelines (TRG) based on life safety, and as a prioritization tool for reducing risk, performing additional investigations or studies, or performing quantitative risk assessments.  


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    John W. France, PE, D.GE, D.WRE, M. ASCE

    Managing Member

    JWF Consulting LLC

    Mr. France has more than 40 years of experience in engineering consulting and design. Most of Mr. France’s technical work for the past 36 years has focused on dam engineering, and he has been involved in dam safety risk analysis for more than 20 years. His risk analysis work has included serving as a facilitator or subject matter expert on semi-quantitative risk analyses (SQRAs) and full quantitative risk analyses (QRAs) for such clients as the New Mexico OSE, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation Reclamation), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver Water, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, and Aqua Ohio. Mr. France has also completed assignments reviewing risk analyses completed by the USACE and Reclamation. 

    His experience in dam safety risk analysis led to his selection as a member of a four-person team that developed a three-day SQRA course for USSD, presented for the first time in October 2019. In addition to his risk analysis work, he has served on senior technical review panels/boards for the USACE, Reclamation, BC Hydro, Brookfield Renewable Energy, and the Lower Colorado River Authority. Mr. France has developed a reputation as one of the leading practitioners in dam engineering and dam safety, which resulted in his selection to lead the six-person team charged with completing a forensic investigation of the 2017 Oroville Dam spillway incident. He regularly publishes papers and makes presentations for conferences of ASDSO, USSD, and ASCE, and he has twice received the prestigious President's Award from ASDSO for his contributions to dam safety. He also regularly lectures at courses on dam safety topics.

    Bill Fiedler, P.E.

    Senior Technical Advisor

    HDR

    Bill has 42 years’ experience in hydraulic and structural engineering designs for concrete dams and appurtenant structures, with the Bureau of Reclamation. While with Reclamation, he served as a technical specialist and design team leader for numerous water resource projects. In the later part of his career, he served as a member of Reclamation’s three-person Risk Advisory Team, which was responsible for developing additional risk analysis methodologies and providing training for Reclamation.

    staff. Bill has particular expertise in concrete dam and spillway modifications, including: project planning and design coordination; analysis and design of structural modifications; review of design drawings and specifications; construction support; and risk analysis methodologies and facilitation. He has written numerous papers focused on dam safety evaluations and dam safety modifications. He was a lead author on a Reclamation manual focused on drains for dams and on a FEMA manual focused on flood overtopping protection for dams. For the past two years, he has worked as a consultant in the role of senior technical advisor.

    Mel Schaefer, Ph.D. P.E.

    MGS Engineering Consultants, Inc.

    Mel Schaefer is a Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience in dam safety engineering specializing in analyzes of extreme storms and floods for assessing the hydrologic adequacy of dams and spillways. He began his career as a staff hydrologist with the Washington State Dam Safety Program and became Head of the State Dam Safety Program in 1990 where he managed a group of hydrologic, geotechnical and structural engineers. During his 7-year tenure as head of the Dam Safety Program, he developed the risk-based design/analysis methods and performance standards and regulations for dam safety that are in-use today. He was involved in the inspection, flood analyses and remediation of over 100 dams while with the Dam Safety Program.

    In 1997, he started a private consulting firm, MGS Engineering Consultants Inc. which specializes in surface water hydrology, particularly probabilistic and risk applications of extreme precipitation and floods. Over the 20-years in private practice, he has conducted probabilistic flood analyses for use in risk analyses for over 40-dams for BC Hydro, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Army Corps of Engineers, Southern California Edison, and the Tennessee Valley Authority including notable projects such as Mica Dam on the Upper Columbia River BC, Folsom Dam on the American River CA, and Mammoth Pool Dam on the San Joaquin River CA. He has conducted large-scale regional precipitation-frequency (PF) studies for the province of British Columbia; the states of Washington and Oregon; a seven State area surrounding the Tennessee River valley; the States of Colorado and New Mexico; central Texas and New Brunswick and States in New England. He has pioneered methods for numerous elements for conducting hydrologic risk analysis including regional PF analysis (SWT climate region method); storm transposition by the OTF and ESTP methods; stochastic generation of watershed PF relationships for synoptic scale mid-latitude cyclones, tropical storms, and remnants, and mesoscale convective storms; and uncertainty analysis.
    He is the lead developer for the Stochastic Event Flood Model (SEFM) for computing probabilistic flood loadings and hydrologic hazard curves and L-RAP software for conducting regional precipitation frequency analysis. Both SEFM and L-RAP are commercial software products. He routinely serves on the FERC Board of Consultants and Peer Review teams for review of site-specific PMP and PMF studies and for applications of hydrologic risk.

    Gregg A Scott, P.E., F. ASCE

    Scott Consulting, LLC

    Mr. Scott received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He started his career with the Bureau of Reclamation in 1976, where he worked for 34 years before joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Risk Management Center as Lead Civil Engineer, where he worked through 2018. He has been involved with design, analysis, and construction of dams and dam safety projects, as well as the development and application of potential failure mode analysis and risk analysis for dam safety. He served on several review panels for Bureau of Reclamation and Corps of Engineers dam construction and dam safety projects. He has authored over 35 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings related to dam safety and dam engineering. He is now retired from Federal service, but continues to consult on a limited basis. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/15/2022 at 10:00 AM (MDT)

    This webinar will provide an overview of developments in seismic hazard assessment in the Central and Eastern United States (CEUS), with a focus on their applicability to dam sites.

    This webinar will provide an overview of developments in seismic hazard assessment in the Central and Eastern United States (CEUS), with a focus on their applicability to dam sites. The course will begin with a description of the available approaches, seismic source models, and ground motion models used to evaluate seismic hazard in the CEUS, and how these approaches, models, and the resulting ground motions differ from those in the Western United States (WUS). Illustrative examples will be provided to demonstrate the different options available for evaluating seismic hazard at a dam site in the CEUS, including the use of publicly available regional models and site-specific seismic hazard assessments. Available methods for accounting for local site effects will be presented, including developments in simplified site adjustment models and site-specific site response analysis. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the different ways seismic hazard assessments are used in dam safety evaluations, ranging from a single evaluation level tied to a deterministic earthquake scenario to use of the entire ground motion hazard curve in a risk analysis.

    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand key differences between seismic hazard in the WUS and CEUS
    2. Understand the options available for estimating seismic hazard in the CEUS ranging from the USGS unified seismic hazard tool to site-specific hazard analysis
    3. Understand the methods available for accounting for local site effects ranging from simplified site adjustment factors to site-specific site response analysis
    4. Review of how seismic hazard analyses are used in dam safety evaluations, i.e., selection of the deterministic “MCE,” selection of a single probabilistic return period, or use of the entire hazard curve in a risk analysis

    Glenn J. Rix, Ph.D., P.E.

    Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

    Glenn J. Rix is a senior principal geotechnical engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. His practice includes seismic hazard and risk assessment and mitigation for civil infrastructure. Glenn joined the firm following a 23-year career as a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since joining Geosyntec, Glenn has performed seismic hazard and risk analyses, liquefaction triggering evaluations, site response analyses, and seismic stability and deformation analyses for embankment and concrete dams, coal combustion residual (CCR) storage
    facilities, municipal and hazardous waste landfills, liquefied natural gas facilities, and highway bridges. He has also served as an external peer reviewer for seismic hazard analyses for nuclear power plants and
    provided litigation support for numerous cases related to the effects of blasting- and construction-induced ground vibrations on structures. Glenn is a leading authority on in-situ seismic methods and is a co-author
    of Surface Wave Methods for Near-Surface Site Characterization and the forthcoming American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Manual on Subsurface Investigations.

    Christie Hale

    Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

    Christie Hale is a seismic hazard analyst involved in seismic safety assessment projects. Her technical experience includes deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, deaggregation analysis, target spectrum development, and time history selection and modification. Dr. Hale also has experience in PSHA code development, testing, and verification, and is a key contributor to the PSHA computer program HAZ45. Prior to joining Geosyntec, she led the PSHA Code Verification project at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, where her ability to understand how different modeling approaches impact the resulting seismic hazard curves was instrumental in helping participants troubleshoot their codes and ultimately reach consensus answers.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/18/2022 at 10:00 AM (MDT)

    Underwater Construction Overview

    The speakers, all involved in various aspects of underwater construction, will touch base on:

    • What will it cost? The number one question in many people's mind; we will provide a broad range of pricing for; ROV inspection, diver inspection, dredging rates, trashrack installation
    • Diver vs ROV: ROV’s are very capable in certain areas, but lack the functionality to perform some basic tasks. We will expand on last year’s discussion of when an ROV may be the right choice or when you really need a diver 
    • Early Contractor Involvement / Alternative Delivery; There are many ways to develop a project, we will discuss several options that bring in the contractor earlier – to head off the unknown – with the goal of more certainly of schedule and price
    • Safety: not all safety plans are equal; we will discuss how a good safety program protects our employees but also protects the owner and all involved in a project
    • Technology: high-quality data, when teamed with knowledgeable partners (engineers – designers – contractors) make for a safer and more cost-effective project

    2 PDHs

    Frank Immel

    Business Development Account Executive

    Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.

    Frank Immel, has been with Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. since 2005. In his current position of Business Development Account Executive, his roles include developing and nurturing client relationships and uncovering opportunities that will benefit from Global Diving’s extensive experience and capabilities in underwater inspection, repair, maintenance and construction. Prior positions at Global include Lead Estimator and Marketing Manager. 

    Dave Gillson

    Principal / Senior Project Manager

    Infrastructure & Marine Consultants

    David Gillson launched Infrastructure & Marine Consultants, LLC in 2011. His background encompasses over 35 years in the marine/underwater construction industry.  His experience as a commercial diver and diving supervisor along with his experience as a Business Unit Leader and as a member of the Board of Directors for several engineering/environmental firms has led to representing owners during large marine/underwater projects. His professional pursuits have entailed the effective exercise of both executive decision-making and hands-on project and construction management. Infrastructure& Marine Consultants provides expertise in Project Management, Construction Management and QA/QC inspection services for complex industrial projects within the marine and underwater construction industry.  Project Management includes; Feasibility Studies, Constructability Review during design; Construction Management includes; On-site Owners Representatives during construction. Risk Management; Change Order Review; Progress Payment Review. Final Inspection & Punch List; Construction Approval, Acceptance and Close-out. 

    Alex Kaplan

    Project Manager

    ASI Marine

    Alex has 20 years of experience in robotic inspection, starting with the development, testing and manufacture of underwater robots, and then moving into the service side of the industry as an ROV operator, field supervisor, and project manager. Alex has worked with clients in oil & gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, water supply, wastewater, and governments.

    Alex currently specializes in project planning, working with the customer and operations management to develop project scope and operational details; and project management, coordinating between the customer, suppliers, and field personnel. 

    Craig Bartheld

    Director of Business Development Structural Services

    JF Brennan Company

    Craig Bartheld, has been with J. F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan) for over 45 years. Craig’s current position is Director of Director of Business Development Structural Services. His responsibilities include building relationships with new prospective clients and maintain relationships with existing clients.  His responsibilities over the years have included, Diver, Safety Director, Diving Group Manager to his current BD position.

    Craig Milburn

    Sr. Project Manager/Estimator

    Ballard Marine Construction

    Mr. Milburn has over forty years of commercial diving experience from tender and saturation diver, to diving supervisor, diving superintendent, offshore manager, and senior project manager. His vast experience extends to all aspects of subsea construction, flowline installations, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) operations in Vertical Concentric Monobore – Sub Sea Tree (VCM) installations, Inspection Repair Maintenance (IRM) in both foreign and domestic arenas. He is skilled in procedural processes, project planning, task schedules, design criteria, fabrication, material service procurement, and estimating.

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    Overview of Changes to FERC’s Part 12 Dam Safety Program

    This webinar is the recording from a live webinar offered Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm MST. Like the live webinar, this On-Demand version is free to USSD Members.

    On December 16, 2021 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final rule that revises their dam safety regulations.  The revised dam safety regulations and accompanying four new Engineering Guideline chapters provide a significant revision to FERC’s Part 12 dam safety program and specifically revises the scope work and requirements to plan, perform, and submit Independent Consultant Inspection Reports.  Significant revisions include:

    • Formulation of the Part 12D team and proposal requirements
    • Incorporation of a two-tier inspection cycle consisting of a Comprehensive Assessment or Periodic Inspection
    • Expanded guidance for the review and evaluation of existing project reports and analyses
    • Submittal of a Pre-Inspection Preparation Report
    • Changes to the Potential Failure Mode Analysis process
    • Addition of a risk analysis to a Comprehensive Assessment
    • Incorporation of the Owner’s Dam Safety Program into the dam safety regulation

    These revisions will be effective on April 11, 2022.

    FERC’s Division of Dam Safety and Inspections (D2SI) provided an overview of these and other revisions to their dam safety regulations and guidelines; offered their initial thoughts on how these revisions will be implemented; mentioned proposed future training plans; and answered questions regarding the changes.

    Presenters:

    Dave Capka – Director, D2SI

    Doug Boyer – D2SI, Risk-Informed Decision Making Branch Chief

    Eric Kennedy – D2SI, Portland Regional Office Branch Chief

    David Capka

    Deputy Director, D2SI

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    David Capka is the Director of the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections (D2SI) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects.

    David has been with the Commission since 2006, when he began as a Senior Civil Engineer in the Headquarters Branch. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in March 2017. He has also held positions as the Headquarters Branch Chief, and Deputy Director prior to his current position. Prior to joining the Commission, David worked as a Geotechnical Engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, and as a Dam Safety Program Manager for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Headquarters Office of the Department of Interior in Washington, DC.

    David has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland.

    Doug Boyer

    D2SI, Risk-Informed Decision Making Branch Chief

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Mr. Boyer has 34 years of experience as a civil engineer and engineering geologist in consulting, state government, and three federal agencies. His expertise includes all aspects of investigation, evaluation, design, and construction of dams and water resource structures. He has extensive experience in the evaluation of geologic hazards (landslides, faults, ground subsidence, and erosion); investigation, design, and construction of hard-rock tunnels; natural and man-made slopes; pipelines; levees; canals; roads and highways; open-pit mines; and other civil works structures in over 40 states and South America. While with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Risk Management Center, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, he has been a team leader and senior engineer for numerous project reviews, including New Melones Dam, a 632-foot-high embankment dam in California. He is co-principal designer of Ridges Basin Dam, a 275-foot-high earthfill embankment in southwestern Colorado. Doug served a detail with the State of Colorado, Division of Water Resources, as Chief, Dam Safety Branch where he was responsible for program administration and supervision of the state’s dam safety program. He has published over 25 technical papers on the investigation, design, and construction of embankment and concrete dams. He is an invited lecturer at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation SEED Seminar, International RCC Conference, FEMA-sponsored Dam Design Workshop, and local universities. He provided technical review for the San Diego County Water Authority of the geotechnical investigations and foundation design for the 318-foot-high Olivenhain Dam constructed in southern California. He is a former vice president of the US Society on Dam and former board of director for the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Engineering Geologist.

    Eric Kennedy

    D2SI, Portland Regional Office Branch Chief

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    - Understand the fundamental multidisciplinary knowledge areas involved in instrumentation monitoring - Understand the role of risk in a dam instrument monitoring program: o What are the risks / hazards associated with a site? What should you be monitoring for? o Through the use of risk informed thresholds, how will you know if your data is safe? - Understand best practices when evaluating instrumentation data - Understand the role of automation in a modern dam monitoring program: o Additional considerations, equipment, and expertise needed to install and operate an automated instrumentation system - Be introduced to new emerging instrumentation and monitoring technologies - Practice the above topics in exercises and share knowledge through group discussions - Participate in discussions with instrument suppliers about specific issues of interest.

    This Workshop includes presentations, exercises, and instrumentation equipment displays/demonstrations which all are intended to provide workshop participants with improved insight, understanding, and comfort with respect to instrumentation. 

    The Workshop aims to cover a variety of topics related to dam instrumentation monitoring. Attendees will learn the fundamentals, what questions need to be answered by an instrumentation system, considerations to remember when evaluating the data, how does automation improve monitoring program, and be exposed to emerging technologies.

    Workshop exercises will allow discussion of real-world scenarios. The scenarios will involve both embankment and concrete dams, planning of instrumentation system as well as data evaluation. A significant portion of the instrumentation workshop will be devoted to hands-on exercises design to walk participants through the entire scope of instrumentation from planning to design to evaluating data. 

    Instrumentation equipment suppliers will have displays that will be used to enhance the "foundational" presentations, and the workshop will offer time for one-on-one discussions with equipment suppliers regarding general or special questions, issues, challenges, etc. 

    Fundamentally, the Workshop will seek to maximize the opportunities for educational discussions among the participants, presenters, and instrumentation equipment suppliers about real-world situations, and how they might best be addressed.

    The workshop will provide a general overview for the understanding of the factors that influence the accuracy and reliability of dam instrumentation data. Novice to seasoned professionals will all benefit from the workshop. Engineers, dam owners, geologists, technicians, and government agencies should all attend.

    Session 1 - Traditional Dam Safety Instrumentation 

    Item 

    Type 

    Topic 

    Presenter 

    1A 

    Presentation 

    Risk Informed Site Characterization and PFMs 

    Bill Walker 

    1B 

    Presentation 

    Pore Water Pressure Instruments 

    John Hynes 

    1E 

    Presentation 

    Movement, Deflection, and Seismic Instruments 

    Ali Ebrahimi 

    1G 

    Presentation 

    Automated Installation 

    Loic Galisson 

    1H 

    Case Study 

    Automated Installation at Wolf Creek Dam 

    Bill Walker 

     

    Session 2 – Emerging and Future Dam Safety Instrumentation and Tools 

    Session 2 

    Type 

    Topic 

    Presenter 

    2A 

    Presentation 

    UAV, ROV, and emerging inspection tools 

    Gordon Anderlini 

    2B 

    Case Study 

    2C 

    Presentation 

    LiDAR, INSAR, and emerging imagery tools 

    Loic Galisson 

    2D 

    Case Study 

    Georgette Hlepas 

    2F 

    Presentation 

    Shape Arrays, Fiber Optics, High Accuracy GNSS, and emerging deflection measuring instrumentation 

    Pierre Choquet and Loic Galisson 

    2G 

    Case Study 

    Alexandre Simon and Gordon Anderlini/Megan 

    2G 

    Panel Discussion 

    International and Other Industry Uses of Instrumentation 

    Panel 

     

    Session 3 – Interactive Case Studies on Dam Safety Instrumentation 

    Session 3 

    Type 

    Topic 

    Presenter 

    3A 

    Interactive Case Study 

    Earth Embankment Instrumentation 

    Brandon Lanthier and Will Brown 

    3B 

    Break 

    3C 

    Panel Discussions 

    Roles of Engineers, Scientists, Manufacturers, Integrators, and Contractors for a Dam Safety Program 

    Panel Discussion 

    3D 

    Interactive Case Study 

    Concrete Dam Instrumentation 

    Georgette Hlepas and Bill Walker 

     

    Session 4 – Owner’s Perspectives and Presentations on Data Evaluation 

    Session 4 

    Type 

    Topic 

    Presenter 

    4A 

    Presentation 

    Data Evaluation, Management, and Visualization Introduction 

    Will Brown 

    4B 

    Presentation – Owner’s Perspective and Current Practice 

    Alabama Power 

    Lesli Harmon 

    4C 

    BC Hydro 

    Gordon Anderlini 

    4D 

    EDF Company (Electricité De France) 

    Alexandre Simon 

    4E 

    USACE 

    Georgette Hlepas 

    4F 

    Panel Discussion 

    Wish List by Owners on Data Evaluation, Management, and Visualization 

    Panel Discussion 

    4H 

    Presentation 

    Best Practices and Future of Data Evaluation 

    Scott Anderson 

    4I 

    Presentation 

    Data Evaluation Considerations 

    Georgette Hlepas 

    4J 

    Case Study 

    Data Evaluation Considerations Case Study – Bolivar Dam 

    4K 

    Q & A 

    Open Discussion / Questions on Data Evaluation 

    4M 

    Panel Discussion 

    Wrap Up / Discussion on Data Evaluation 

    Panel Discussion 


    Eligible for 16 PDHs



    Pierre Choquet

    Technical Advisor, Vice-President of Market Development

    RST Instruments

    Pierre has been involved in the field of Geotechnical Instrumentation and Monitoring for most of his career. He joined RST Instruments in 2007. Pierre graduated in Geological Engineering (Engineering Geology) from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and subsequently obtained a doctorate degree in Rock Mechanics from Ecole des Mines de Paris in France. From 1982 to 1993 he was a faculty member at the department of Mining and Metallurgy of Laval University in Quebec City where his specialty was rock mechanics, ground control, and applied geology. Pierre is a member of the ICOLD Technical Committee on Dam Surveillance and is also the Editor of the Instrumentation and Monitoring column of the Canadian Geotechnique magazine.

    Brandon Lanthier

    Project Engineer, SF Bay Area Branch

    Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

    Brandon Lanthier is a Project Engineer with the SF Bay Area Branch of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. He has 8 years of professional civil engineering experience with 5 years focused on dam safety. Brandon's experience includes geotechnical analysis and design, instrumentation data collection and analysis, construction management and quality assurance, and dam safety review and analysis. He has also served as recorder on several FERC Part 12D PFMA workshops and is currently working closely with the California Department of Water Resources. Brandon earned B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCLA. Brandon is a registered Geotechnical and Professional Engineer in California.

    Georgette Hlepas, PhD, PE

    National Geotechnical Policy Advisor

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Dr. Georgette Hlepas is the National Geotechnical Policy Advisor for the US Army Corps of Engineers and is located in the Headquarters office in DC.  She is also the lead for the USACE Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring Community of Practice and the Chairperson for the USSD Monitoring of Dams and Their Foundations Committee.  She has ~13 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and instrumentation with USACE and has been an instructor of several instrumentation courses.  She has a PhD in Civil and Materials Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois.

    Bill Walker

    Geotechnical Engineer

    Nashville District Corps of Engineers

    Bill has over 10 years’ experience specializing in dam and levee safety that includes; instrumentation and monitoring systems, dam safety modifications, and risk assessments. Key projects include the Wolf Creek and Center Hill ADAS and barrier wall installations; the Mosul Dam ADAS and emergency grouting; and contributing author of the USACE Dam Safety and Instrumentation Policy. He has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Geological Engineering from Ole Miss and is a Professional Geologist.

    Will Brown

    Branch Chief, Division of Dam Safety and Inspections

    FERC

    Will Brown is a Branch Chief for FERC’s Division of Dam Safety and Inspections Atlanta Regional Office. Will’s team annually reviews instrumentation and monitoring reports for over sixty high hazard dams.  Prior to joining the Commission in 2010, Will worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service completing inspections, design and analyses of dams in Georgia.  Will also served on active duty as an engineer in the U.S. Army for nine and a half years completing construction and design projects in the U.S., Haiti, Nicaragua, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq.  Will has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla.  Will is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia and Missouri.

    Alexandre Simon

    Dam Surveillance Expert

    Electricité De France

    Alexandre Simon graduated in 1999 in Engineering from the School of Physics and Engineering in Grenoble, France. In 2000, he joined the EDF Company (Electricité De France) and gained experience in safety analysis for nuclear power plants. He worked for 8 years on major safety issues such as ten-year reviews and risk of external events. He also presented EDF’s positions to the Nuclear Safety Authority. In 2008, he moved to deal with dam surveillance. He was involved in the development and maintenance of various sensors (pendulums, vibrating wire extensometers and piezometers…). His activities have also focused on the interpretation of dam monitoring data. For that purpose, he was the industrial supervisor of two PhD students. 

    His current position is Dam Surveillance Expert and he deals with complex behaviors and instrumentation of dams. He is a member of the French Committee of Large Dams and a coopted member of the ICOLD Technical Committee on Dam Surveillance.

    John Hynes, PE

    Geotechnical Engineer

    Stantec

    Mr. Hynes has 12 years’ experience in project technical leadership and geotechnical analysis and design, instrumentation data collection and analysis, and construction monitoring of heavy civil projects involving hydroelectric powerplants, spillways, earth and rockfill embankments, concrete gravity dams, pumped storage plants, seepage cut-offs, foundation improvements, rock blasting, and excavations. Mr. Hynes’ skills include leadership of multi-discipline teams, preparation of construction drawings and specifications, slope stability and seepage analysis, foundation analysis and design, development of instrumentation monitoring plans, evaluation of instrumentation data, and development and supervision of geotechnical investigations.

    Lesli Harmon

    Lesli Harmon is a Dam Safety Engineer with Southern Company Generation. She has three years of experience in dam safety including dam safety inspections, surveillance, instrumentation data interpretation and reporting, and FERC compliance. Lesli earned a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering at Auburn University and is a registered Engineer Intern in Alabama.

    Ali Ebrahimi

    Principal Engineer

    Geosyntec Consultants

    Ali Ebrahimi is principal engineer with Geosyntec Consultants and has more than 15 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, geotechnical instrumentation, and automated data acquisition systems. His specialty is on the design, installation, and data management of the geotechnical and structural monitoring projects.  He has more than 10 years of experience on design, installation, integration, and maintenance of geotechnical instrumentation, and automated data acquisition system for several infrastructures including high risk dams in USA.  

    Scott Anderson

    Scott Anderson is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer for BGC Engineering in Golden, Colorado, and a frequent speaker on new technology.  Scott was previously a national leader for the Federal Highway Administration, a Senior Consulting Engineer and Practice Leader for part of what is now AECOM, and a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Hawaii.  He has seen our work from all sides, which leads to his interest in advances to practice, and especially risk management through new technology and better communication. Scott has authored over well over 100 publications and has made more presentations than he keeps track of – he recently was interviewed by the ASCE Geo-Institute for the inaugural GeoStrata Extra and can be found on YouTube.  He is a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering, a Steering Committee member of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Association of the National Science Foundation and longstanding co-chair of the Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Geotechnical Asset Management, as well as being active with many professional committees and organizations.

    Seth Green

    Gordon Anderlini

    Loic Galisson

    William Empson

    Senior Dam and Levee Safety Risk Advisor Risk Management Center Institute for Water Resources

    USACE

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar focuses on how to analyze the data from instrumentation to understand project performance. It highlights common errors and misunderstandings to be avoided as well as how to identify concerning data.

    This webinar will focus on how to analyze the data from instrumentation to understand project performance.  It will highlight common errors and misunderstandings to be avoided as well as how to identify concerning data.

    30min – Jeff Barrett (Barrett Consulting, Inc.) – Data analysis considerations and overview 
    30min – Pierre Choquet (RST) – Piezometer data analysis 
    30min – Mike Davis (Stantec) - Manual slope inclinometer data analysis – the finer points, pitfalls, and short-comings.
    30min – Panel Discussion – Q/A

    Eligible for 2 PDHs

    John Hynes, PE

    Geotechnical Engineer

    Stantec

    Mr. Hynes has 12 years’ experience in project technical leadership and geotechnical analysis and design, instrumentation data collection and analysis, and construction monitoring of heavy civil projects involving hydroelectric powerplants, spillways, earth and rockfill embankments, concrete gravity dams, pumped storage plants, seepage cut-offs, foundation improvements, rock blasting, and excavations. Mr. Hynes’ skills include leadership of multi-discipline teams, preparation of construction drawings and specifications, slope stability and seepage analysis, foundation analysis and design, development of instrumentation monitoring plans, evaluation of instrumentation data, and development and supervision of geotechnical investigations.

    Mike Davis

    Senior Geotechnical Consultant

    Stantec

    With more than 15 years of geotechnical engineering experience, Mike is passionate about the use of technology and enhanced dam monitoring practices that make dam operations and mining projects safer and more sustainable. In his current role, Mike’s primary focus on enhancement of dam safety management systems allows project and client teams to achieve greater efficiency and confidence in making important operational and management decisions. He is best known for geotechnical performance monitoring using discretized sensor networks, automated systems, GIS based inspection and monitoring systems, and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) analysis.

    Pierre Choquet

    Technical Advisor, Vice-President of Market Development

    RST Instruments

    Pierre has been involved in the field of Geotechnical Instrumentation and Monitoring for most of his career. He joined RST Instruments in 2007. Pierre graduated in Geological Engineering (Engineering Geology) from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and subsequently obtained a doctorate degree in Rock Mechanics from Ecole des Mines de Paris in France. From 1982 to 1993 he was a faculty member at the department of Mining and Metallurgy of Laval University in Quebec City where his specialty was rock mechanics, ground control, and applied geology. Pierre is a member of the ICOLD Technical Committee on Dam Surveillance and is also the Editor of the Instrumentation and Monitoring column of the Canadian Geotechnique magazine.

    Jeff Barrett

    President

    Barrett Consulting, Inc.

    Jeff has over 15 years’ of industry experience including 5 years with an instrumentation manufacturer and 10 years with a global engineering firm.

    Jeff holds degrees in Civil Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering as well as a diploma in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of New Brunswick in Canada.

    Jeff has worked on instrumentation projects for several high profile sites including Boone Dam, Oroville Dam, Samarco Mine, Zelazny Most Tailings Dam, and multiple Canadian oil sands projects. He has also worked on geotechnical analysis and design projects in the dams, mining, and Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) sectors for clients such as Tennessee Valley Authority, US Army Corps of Engineers, Atlantic Gold, Trevali, and Vale.