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  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/09/2024 at 9:00 AM (MDT)

    1/2 Day Virtual 9/09/2024 9:00AM -2:00PM MDT 2 Day In Person 9/11-12/2024 Denver Area 8:00AM -5:00PM MDT

    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 9/09/2024 
    2 Day In-Person Session 9/11-12/2024 

    CSU Spur Denver, CO

    18 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 7 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 07/10/2024 at 9:30 AM (MDT)

    The course is a comprehensive review of dam and levee safety risk analysis

    Target Audience

    The target audience for this training is engineers, scientists, and regulators interested in better understanding and preparing to participate in and/or facilitate dam and levee safety risk assessments.  

    Learning Objectives:  

    The training includes instruction to enable participants to:

    • Create potential failure mode descriptions and event trees, and use them to develop risk estimates.
    • Describe the hazards that affect dams and levees and apply them to risk analysis.
    • Identify relevant case histories and foundational research studies.
    • Apply principles of theory of probability and statistics to quantify, combine and portray risk estimates.
    • Identify essential elements of life loss consequence estimates.
    • Build the case for risk estimates.
    • Explain governance and risk guidelines.
    • Become familiar with other disciplines and their input to risk estimates.


    36 PDHs

    Format:

    Virtual- 

    July 10 - 12 2024

    In Person-

    July 16-18, 2024

    Tivoli, Denver Colorado 

    You MUST attend the entirety of the virtual and in-person portions of the training to receive full credit for the course

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    Guy Lund

    Chief Civil/Structural Engineer

    Gannett Fleming, Inc.

    Mr. Lund has over 40 years of experience in dam safety, design, including hydraulic structure design of spillways, outlet works, and appurtenant structures, comprehensive structural analyses of concrete dams (static and dynamic analyses utilizing both linear and non-linear methodologies), field investigations, and construction.  Early in his career Mr. Lund worked as a design engineer on numerous spillways, water conveyance systems, and outlet works for the Bureau of Reclamation.  He has work in the private sector for over the past over 30 years Mr. Lund and gained experience in the design, analysis, and evaluation of all types of concrete dams. 

    Mr. Lund has been working with potential failure modes and risk for over 20 years, and currently serves as the independent consultant and of board of consultant review member for many FERC Projects.  

    Phoebe Purcell

    Owner

    Percell Taureau Consulting

    Phoebe Percell-Taureau has over 20 years of experience in dam and levee safety, security, emergency management. She has led the two largest dam safety programs in the world, both for the US Bureau of Reclamation and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Her focus is not only on getting the engineering right to defend decisions, but also in building the case for those decisions in a manner that is relatable and understandable for non-technical audiences to get behind. This has only been possible through developing the technical expertise in dam engineering, structural design and analysis, risk analysis, risk-informed design. She spent approximately 15 years on her career in the Technical Services Center of the US Bureau of Reclamation working on highly technical challenges mostly related to concrete dams, seeking to understand the complex performance of gravity, arch, and buttress dams under normal operating conditions, floods, and earthquakes and then taking that understanding into a risk environment to evaluate whether or not the performance of the structure met an acceptable level for risk to the public. Sometimes it was not acceptable and Phoebe would then incorporate that same understanding of risk to inform the design for a modification or change to operations. In private sector she used those skills to advise dam owners on the best path forward for their challenges.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/20/2024 at 10:00 AM (MDT)

    Key topics include, key policy, people, and process issues involved in the use of risk techniques within an owner's organization.

    This webinar will focus on the key policy, people, and process issues involved in the use of risk techniques within an owner’s organization. Discussion will include building the bench of practitioners, in-house guides to consistency, and processes to manage portfolios, investments, and routine programs.


    Eric Halpin

    Owner

    Halpin Consulting LLC

    Eric is a registered professional engineer working as a dam and levee consultant specializing in risk and safety programs. He retired from the Corps of Engineers after almost 40 years of service where he led the agency Dam and Levee Safety Programs as well as the National Levee Safety Program. He has engineering degrees from Clemson University (1983) and Oklahoma State University (1989).  Currently, he is the principal of Halpin Consulting LLC where he works internationally with clients in the dam, levee, and mining industry.  

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Introductory Webinar on the Start of an Owner’s Forum in USSD. Key topics include: Process and Schedule of Events for the next year, exploration of topics of Interest to Owners, and first facilitated Owner’s Forum Discussion on Path Forward.

    The Owner's Forum is a new concept within USSD whereby owners explore why it is important to move beyond risk analysis to risk application and risk informed decision making in a collaborative environment with other owners. The forum seeks to tackle important issues such as governance, portfolio management, risk informed design, and risk communication. 


    Eric Halpin

    Owner

    Halpin Consulting LLC

    Eric is a registered professional engineer working as a dam and levee consultant specializing in risk and safety programs. He retired from the Corps of Engineers after almost 40 years of service where he led the agency Dam and Levee Safety Programs as well as the National Levee Safety Program. He has engineering degrees from Clemson University (1983) and Oklahoma State University (1989).  Currently, he is the principal of Halpin Consulting LLC where he works internationally with clients in the dam, levee, and mining industry.  

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will cover topics like climate change and flood hazards, spillway erosion, CFD modeling, and spillway design.

    This webinar will cover topics like climate change and flood hazards, spillway erosion, CFD modeling, and spillway design.

    Miles Yaw

    Civil Engineer - Hydraulics and Hydrology

    Tennessee Valley Authority

    Miles Yaw is a Civil Engineer in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s River Management unit. He manages TVA’s probabilistic hydrology, downstream consequences, and paleoflood hydrology programs, and also serves as a subject matter expert for hydraulics and hydrology for Dam Safety Inspections, Risk Assessments, and Modification Studies. He currently serves as the Young Professional Vice Chairman of the USSD Hydraulics and Hydrology committee. Prior to TVA, Mr. Yaw worked in consulting, focusing on river mechanics, sediment transport, and fluvial geomorphology. During that time, Mr. Yaw performed sediment transport studies on rivers across the United States to help dam owners understand downstream morphological impacts of existing and proposed operations. Mr. Yaw also provided direct development and testing support for the sediment transport routines in HEC-RAS 5.x. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a BS in Civil Engineering from Washington State University. He currently lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife and three children.

    Ryan Clark

    Ryan Clark is a hydraulic engineer with the USACE Dam Safety Modification Center (DSMC).  While the center is located in LRH, Mr. Clark sits virtually in the Nashville District.  Prior to working for the DSMC he worked in the Water Resources Section of the Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch of the Nashville District for over 8 years.   With over 10 years of flood risk experience, he currently works on hydrologic hazards and risk studies for the USACE Dam and Levee Safety Program.  He received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tennessee Technological University as well as a M.S. in Risk Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Tennessee.  Besides work, he enjoys watching the Cubs and Titans, getting outdoors as much as possible with his family, and enjoying a nice glass of bourbon with his friends.

    Carolyn Pearson

    Carolyn J. Pearson is a Hydrologic Engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Risk Management Center.  Carolyn is a registered professional engineer in the state of Missouri with over 11 years of experience in hydraulic and hydrology analysis, design, and risk assessment in the dam and levee safety programs. She is currently an RMC Regional Hydrology Lead providing technical guidance and oversight on national Dam and Levee Safety studies. She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology, a B.S. in Chemistry and Secondary Education from Graceland University, an M.S in Civil Engineering (Water Resources & Environmental) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.S. in Risk Management from the Notre Dame University of Maryland.  She currently lives near the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Littleton, CO.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The webinar will touch on Risk Informed Decision-making 101, consequence estimation, decisions following risk analyses and assessment, and routine risk management and measurement.

    The webinar will touch on Risk Informed Decision-making 101, consequence estimation, decisions following risk analyses and assessment, and routine risk management and measurement.


    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.

    Matthew Young

    Dom Galic

    Geotechical Engineer

    Bureau of Reclamation

    Dom Galic is a geotechnical engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation's TechnicalService Center in Denver. He has been with Reclamation for over ten years, sincecompleting his doctoral research (in rock mechanics) at the University of California,Berkeley. Dom has been a risk analysis facilitator since 2011 and is an active memberof the Reclamation risk cadre, a working group established to provide training andguidance on risk analysis methodology and promote consistency in risk informeddecision making. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado.

    Jacob Davis

    USACE

    Jacob Davis is the Special Assistant for Dam Safety for HQ USACE. He has served at Headquarters’ for more than 5 years and is responsible for policy, guidance, and oversight of the dam safety program., which includes making risk informed recommendations for dam safetystudies, modifications, and aspects of daily Operations and Maintenance activities.The USACE portfolio has more than 740 multiple purpose dams that provide approximately $ 170Bin flood damage prevention annually, protects more than 15 million people living in flood plains downstream of dams , facilitates 12,000 miles of inlandwater navigation , stores one third of all fresh water to serve over 100 million people, allows for 25% of hydropower generation, creates over 190,000 jobsthat support 250 million recreation visitors who enjoy camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and other activities

    Mr. Davis began his career at the USACE Jacksonville District where he was introduced to dams during the foundation exploration and design for the Portugués Dam in Puerto Rico; design and construction at Herbert Hoover Dike in south Florida; and participated in inspections, repairs, and instrumentation planning and evaluations at dams and levees. He later joined the USACE Risk Management Center where he evaluated interim risk reduction measure plans, facilitated risk assessments, participated as ageotechnical risk assessor and technical advisor, and served as a program manager.

    Prior to joining Headquarters’, Mr. Davis worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority helping to improve the risk informed decision making program and governance structure for dam safety. Mr. Davi s holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is both a registeredProfessional Engineer and Project Management Professional.

    Nate Snorteland

    Risk Management Center Director

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Nate Snorteland has been with the Corps of Engineers as the Director of the Risk Management Center since 2009.  In this role, Mr. Snorteland is responsible for managing risks for the Corps of Engineers portfolio of more than 740 dams and 15,000+ miles of levees.  Mr. Snorteland’s background includes experience designing and constructing a wide variety of dams across the United States.  Following his work as a designer and construction engineer, he worked in the dam safety program for the Bureau of Reclamation in a variety of roles.  He was Reclamation’s project manager and lead engineer for the Joint Federal Project, a $1.6 Billion flood risk management and dam safety project at Folsom Dam in California. 

    He specializes in risk assessment and risk management and developed risk management strategies for both Reclamation and the Corps of Engineers.  Since coming to the Corps of Engineers, he has led efforts related to risk, risk analysis, risk management, portfolio management, design standards, and risk-informed design. 

    He holds a B.S. in Civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Denver and a M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from Virginia Tech.  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado.  He has a love for the outdoors and enjoys exploring the vast open spaces in the Western U.S.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What’s New in Research This webinar will highlight exciting dam related research projects from around the world.

    What's New in Research- free for USSD Members

    This webinar will highlight exciting dam-related research projects from around the world. 

    1) Macro Erosion Processes in Overflowed Noncohesive Coarse-Grained Embankment Dams and Levees - The OVERCOME Project- Dr. Ricardo Alves

    2) Dynamic response of gravity dams using a multi-fidelity approach Rodrigo José De Almeida Torres Filho

    3) Seismic analysis of intake towers using modified ground acceleration method Ramtin Kouhdasti

    4) A data-driven ground motion synthesis framework with broadband physics-informed time-series and nonlinear site response Feiruo (Flora) Xia

    Dr. Ricardo Monteiro Alves

    Dam Safety Research Group (SERPA)

    Dr. Ricardo Alves is a Civil and Geotechnical Engineer, holding his degree from NOVA University of Lisbon and a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Madrid. As a Research Engineer in the Dam Safety Research Group (SERPA) since 2012, he specializes in investigating the failure mechanisms of rockfill and earthen embankment dams and levees due to overtopping.

    Rodrigo José De Almeida Torres Filho

    Engedelta Engineering

    Have a master’s degree in Finite elements in structural fire safety and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Worked as a structural engineer at Engedelta Engineering and as a civil engineering professor and coordinator of the civil engineering course at FATECPR, and participated as a volunteer researcher in the design of a low-cost climate chamber at the Technological University of Parana (UTFPR). Is currently a PhD student at Université de Sherbrooke, focused on numerical modeling, data analysis, and risk assessment. More specifically the application of multi-fidelity surrogate modeling for dam safety assessment.

    Ramtin Kouhdasti

    Polytechnique Montreal

     Ramtin is a Ph.D. candidate in Structural Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, Canada, with a master’s degree in marine Structures from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran. His research focuses on numerical modeling and experimental simulation of the seismic response of water-structure systems, particularly dams and appurtenant structures. Ramtin is a member of several professional organizations including the United States Society on Dams (USSD), the Canadian Dam Association (CDA), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE).

    Flora Xia

    California Institute of Technology

    Currently pursuing her MS/PhD in Mechanical Engineering at California Institute of Technology.  

    She was accepted into Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society in 2019 and received the Die Pietro Fellowship in 2017. 

    After completing her M.S./Ph.D. program, she plans to secure employment in a post-doctorate research lab. In 2022, she successfully passed my candidacy exams, and is currently working on research that will be a part of my thesis. 

    Student intern for the Seismology group at Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL). 

  • 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