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  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 04/07/2023 at 9:00 AM (MDT)

    1/2 Day Virtual April 7, 2023 REQUIRED to attend live online 2 Day In Person North Charleston, SC April 20-21, 2023

    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 the 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


    Format 

    1/2 Day Virtual Session April 7, 2023 REQUIRED to attend Live Online
    2 Day In-Person Session April 20-21, 2023 *DOES NOT include Conference Registration*

    18 PDHs

    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.  

    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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/16/2023 at 10:00 AM (MDT)

    What’s New in Research This webinar will highlight exciting dam related research projects from around the world. Projects in (1) seismic capacity of dams, (2) aging and deterioration of concrete dams, and (3) health monitoring of levees will be featured. Three PhD students will present their research and answer questions.

    What's New in Research

    This webinar will highlight exciting dam-related research projects from around the world. Projects in (1) seismic capacity of dams, (2) aging and deterioration of concrete dams, and (3) health monitoring of levees will be featured. Three PhD students will present their research and answer questions.

    1) Concrete dams are structures of great strategic relevance, but their seismic assessment is still a challenging task. Part of the issue is the role of uncertainties, due to both material and ground motion variability. Modelling said uncertainties is an important step in the seismic assessment of dams, but one which exacts a heavy toll in terms of computational costs. To lessen this burden, specific analysis methods have been proposed in the last few years: among these the Endurance Time Analysis, or ETA, which is based on artificial ground motions generated from meta-features of real ones. During this presentation we will briefly see the results of tests in which ETA is compared to established analysis techniques for validation.

    2) Dams are aging and many were designed at a time with limited technical data. Average age of the 91,000 dams in the United States is 59 years as of 2022. The most recent ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave a D grade for dams. Recent crises (e.g., Oroville and Michigan dams) show the importance of dam safety. Concrete deterioration can result in severe decline in dams’ functionality making them more vulnerable to failure (especially under flooding and seismic events). Alkali aggregate reaction (AAR) is one of the major sources causing concrete deterioration. This presentation provides recent findings on a systematic and comprehensive framework for physics-based numerical simulation of aging dams coupled with field measurements. It highlights the importance of various factors for initiating and accelerating the aging process in dams. Also, the future expansion and dam safety is discussed. 

    3) Current levee health monitoring is mainly visual and sometimes with discrete instrumentation at a single point ignoring the majority of the subsurface. As these critical infrastructures continue to age and deteriorate, better inspection practices are needed to assess the health of these systems. This research proposes to use a combination of non-invasive sensing techniques to image the surface and subsurface of levees. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used to collect optical imagery, thermal imagery, and LIDAR point clouds of the surface while geophysical techniques such as Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) and Electromagnetic Induction (EMI) are being used to characterize the subsurface. 



    Golsa Mahdavi

    She is a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her PhD thesis is focused on the AAR analysis of concrete dams. Her research interests are safety assessment of concrete dams, finite element simulation, material deterioration and seismic analysis. She has received multiple awards including the 2021 USSD student scholarship award as well as EERI and MMM10 travel awards.


    Carlo Resta

    University di Pisa, Italy

    I'm a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering at the University of Pisa, in Italy. I'm currently involved in two separate (but not-too-distant) research topics: monitoring of cultural heritage structures, mainly masonry ones, and seismic analysis of concrete dams. I'm also a member of the Italian association Ingegneria Senza Frontiere (Engineering Without Borders).

    Brittany Russo

    University of California, Berkeley

    Brittany Russo is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley studying GeoSystems Engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department with a research focus on levee health monitoring and was the second place USSD Scholarship Winner in 2022. She is the chair for the GeoEngineering Graduate Students Association at Berkeley which provides Berkeley GeoSystems graduate students with social events for networking and furthering education. She received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2019 and a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/16/2023 at 10:00 AM (MST)

    Attendees will learn some of the principles and advantages for utilizing IVRCC in new dam or dam modification projects. This includes design and construction requirements, mixture proportioning methodology, and quality control methods. Examples of immersion vibratable RCC will be covered for large dam and small dam applications.

    Immersion vibrated roller-compacted concrete, or IVRCC is a new concept for constructing RCC dams. Simply put, IVRCC is a single RCC mixture that can be consolidated by both immersion vibrators and smooth drum vibrating rollers. This allows a single, durable RCC mixture to be utilized for the dam, exterior dam facing, and interface contacts at foundations and other concrete elements. A single mix and more continuous RCC construction process can improve production and reduce costs.
    The range of Vebe consistency of this type of RCC is typically from about 8 to 12 seconds, considerably more workable than in early RCC dams. The transition from extremely dry RCC to stiff IVRCC consistency in dams has allowed several improvements in RCC mixtures and IVRCC can simplify dam construction. The improved workability reduces the tendency for segregation and allows for more effective use of air-entraining, water reducing, and retarding admixtures.
    This webinar will trace the trends in RCC mix consistency allowing IVRCC to be feasible for new dams and in dam safety modifications. Design considerations, mixture proportioning requirements, quality control, and construction means and methods will be discussed. Three North American dams will be highlighted to introduce IVRCC for design and construction.

    Audience 

    Webinar attendees include dam designers, contractors, and regulatory agencies. The webinar will be applicable for a wide range of experience levels from new professionals to senior engineers, site superintendents, and supervisory contractor personnel

    2 PDHs

    Randy Bass

    Senior Consultant

    Schnabel Engineering LLC

    Steve Jamieson

    WW Wheeler and Associates

    Timothy P Dolen

    Dolen and Associates, LLC

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    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.  

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn about data acquisition from the field, and general considerations for efficient data collection/transfer/storage. Once that data is collected, visualization is key, and there will be discussions on how to transform that data into useable information for evaluation and communication.

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    Learn about data acquisition from the field, and general considerations for efficient data collection/transfer/storage.  Once that data is collected, visualization is key, and there will be discussions on how to transform that data into usable information for evaluation and communication.

    Eligible for 2.0 PDHs

    Josh Brown

    Global Infrastructure Group Manager

    Campbell Scientific

    Josh has five years of Civil Engineering experience (Twin Falls, ID) and nine years of instrumentation experience (Campbell Scientific, Logan, UT).  Notable assignments included project and plan review for the City of Twin Falls, ID and third-party project management and oversight for the Idaho Transportation Department during major roadway projects.  He has assisted customers on a global basis with data acquisition systems for agricultural applications, bridges, buildings, and dams.  Josh earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Utah State University.

    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.

    Shaun Dustin

    President & Founder

    Dustin Engineers

    Shaun was trained as a Geotechnical and Water Resources Engineer. He was the VP of development for Sideplate Systems. In 2009 he received his PhD from Utah State University. He ran Campbell Scientific's Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring group for several years, then went to work for Allen Marr at Geocomp as a Senior Engineer for monitoring systems.

    In May 2018, Shaun left GeoComp and won the contract for instrumentation of the Qiddiya Project, a multi billion dollar entertainment complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Bill Bradford joined the firm in October 2018, and now Dustin Engineers is managing several projects in Saudi Arabia and the USA.

    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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar provides overviews of manned diving and successful remote technologies; underwater construction techniques to make structural repairs of concrete structures and mechanical equipment; and will wrap up with 3 relevant case histories.

    The average age of dam in the United States is about 60 years. With passing years, underwater structures in dams face integrity issues. These include:

    1) Cavities/cracks/defects in the dam face. These defects could impact the integrity of the dam and create a dam safety issue.

    2) Leakage / concern of operability of emergency gates and seals

    3) Grooves for lowering gates could be corroded and broken

    4) Cement lining of penstock could be compromised thus leading to water leakage

    5) Over years, silt could have been deposited in the reservoir (and Tail race channel) thus giving the dam owners a deceptive reading of water availability in reservoir

     Engineering assessments of existing dams require inspections of submerged structures such as intake structures, gates, valves, waterways, tail races and stilling basins.  Underwater manual inspections have been typically performed by divers. Though divers have historically carried out underwater inspections, they are hampered by water depth / bottom time, differential of pressure (Delta P) potentials and subjectiveness of observation. Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are gaining popularity for inspection of dams: unaffected by depth, able to be put in harm’s way, able to ‘see’ through turbidity. New technologies in underwater robotic inspections are continually being developed and upgraded. The first session of the webinar will focus on presenting manned diving as well as remote technologies that are available and been used successfully for performing a variety of underwater inspections. The second session will be devoted to underwater construction techniques utilized to make structural repairs to concrete structures as well as mechanical equipment.  The third session will present 3 case histories.

    Eligible for 1.25 PDHs

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    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. 

    Jared Bell

    Vice President of Western Region

    Ballard Marine Construction

    Mr. Bell is a highly experienced Senior Marine Engineer/Project Manager with an experienced history of steering complex engineering and construction projects to completion meeting all specifications with exactness on-time and on-budget. Mr. Bell serves as a pivotal member of the Ballard Marine Construction engineering and project management team creating and implementing plans in a variety of highly technical disciplines. He interfaces effectively with clients, owners, government agencies and other key personnel through the entire life of a project from design to completion.

    Mark Binsfeld

    Vice President - Business Development

    J.F Brennan Company, Inc.

    Mark Binsfeld is the Vice President of Business Development at J.F. Brennan Company and Brennan Marine, Inc., headquartered in La Crosse, WI, where he oversees sales, marketing, and client management across all five of their market areas. Brennan is a marine contracting company that provides above and below water services throughout the inland and coastal waterways of the United States. Market areas include marine construction, dam construction, railroad bridge construction, harbor management services, and environmental remediation and restoration.  Brennan employs nearly 600 people through the Midwest and east coast, of which 85 are ADCI certified commercial divers. Mark is part of the 4th generation of ownership at Brennan, which recently celebrated its 100th year in business. His background includes several years spent as a project manager on environmental dredging, marine construction, and lock and dam repair projects. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master in Business Administration from Boston College.  

    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. 

    David Paul

    Paul GeoTek Engineering

    David B. Paul, P.E., is retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at the end of 2018 after 42 years of Federal service, as the Dam Safety Officer for the Mosul Dam Task Force which provided technical assistance to the Government of Iraq in to mitigate dam safety issues associated with Mosul Dam.  He also served as Special assistant for Dam Safety at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) headquarters in Washington, D.C., responsible for managing the USACE’s portfolio of 715 dams.  He was the national specialist on critical infrastructure design, dam design, levee design, construction engineering, engineering risk assessments, interim risk reduction measures (IRRM), and dam and levee safety modifications.  He recently participated in the Risk Assessment for Oroville Dam in California.  Mr. Paul is currently a Trustee of the Deep Foundations Institute and a member of the United States Society of Dams (USSD), Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is DFI Trustee for the Seepage Control and Grouting Committees and serves as Chairman of the USSD Committee on Construction & Rehab, and is also active with the Embankment Dams Committee. He is the USSD Representative to the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) Embankment Dams Committee.

    Merry Dang

    ASI Marine

    Melissa Philpott

    Pursuit Manager

    Ballard Marine Construction