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

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

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

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

    Learning Objectives

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

    Takeaways

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

    2 PDH

    Tara McFarland

    Create Conversation

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

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

    • Register
      • Early bird pricing available!
      • Non-member - $139
      • Member - $89
      • Regular Price after 10/13/2022 7:51 AM
      • Non-member - $149
      • Member - $99
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  • 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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    1. logging in to the USSD Learning Center 10 minutes before the webinar starts (be sure you have a user name and password set up before the webinar starts!)

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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

  • Contains 30 Product(s)

    There are 30 On-Demand Sessions with over 45 PDH are available within the 2021 Virtual Conference Technical Sessions.

    The complete 2021 USSD Virtual Conference Technical Sessions are now available here.  If you are already registered, click on the Content tab above to access all the sessions and view them in any order at any time.  For those not registered you have the option to purchase all the sessions at one low price.

    PROCEEDINGS are available on USSD's main page under the Resource Center tab. Go back to the USSD main page by clicking the USSD Website tab in the upper right of this page, then look for the Resource Center tab (just left of center on the main page) and choose Publications from the dropdown menu. Finally, click on "Read More" under the Proceedings tile. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn how InSAR can be useful for monitoring dam safety.

    InSAR Mosul Dam


    This webinar will be focused on interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) applications for geotechnical engineers engaged in dam safety. InSAR is a satellite-based, remote sensing technology capable of measuring ground & infrastructure displacement with mm-scale precision. The technology is deployed as an ongoing monitoring tool to help mitigate geotechnical risk across a number of verticals. InSAR is being adopted by geotechnical engineers in mining, oil & gas, transportation, government and urban infrastructure sectors as a means to feasibly identify subtle surface displacements both in the past and present. Such surface displacements provide insights into potential slope instability, internal erosion, landslide induced damage to assets, settlement related failure modes of assets etc. The webinar will introduce the technology methodology, and work into real industry examples/results. Outline:

    The InSAR methodology used on a hydroelectric dam may change depending on the target application. Therefore, in order to maximize the success of a program, users must understand the appropriate risk mitigation in which this technology should be applied, and should be equipped with the knowledge of it’s relative strengths/weaknesses. As such, the following topics will be discussed: 

    1. Introduction to InSAR
    2. SAR Satellite Data (Frequencies, wavelengths, precision, resolution)
    3. InSAR Methodology
    4. Strengths/Limitations
    5. Operational case studies

      Eligible for 2 PDHs

    Ben Pantony

    3vGeomatics

    Benjamin Pantony (bpantony@3vgeomatics.com) works for 3vGeomatics Inc. (3vG). 3vG is based in Vancouver, BC and specializes in Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) technology. 3vG remotely identifies and monitors geohazards over very large areas for ground and infrastructure displacement using satellite images to inform clients of movement, subsidence, and uplift.

    William Empson

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

    USACE

    Manuele Pichierri, PhD

    Senior R&D Data Scientist

    3vGeomatics Inc. Electrical/Geomatic Engineering

    Dr. Manuele has 8 years working on the pre and post-processing of airborne and space-borne polarimetric InSAR and optical remote sensing data.

    Georgette Hlepas, PhD, PE (Moderator)

    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.

    Richard Carande

    General Atomics

    David Cohen

    General Atomics

    Baron Worsham

    USACE

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Topics Covered • Low head dams – defined, purposes, issues • What can be done – rehab, removal, signage • Our task group work and involvement Learning objective: Learn how to participate in creating a National Inventory of Low-head Dams Target audience: Dam Safety Directors, staff, and those in industry who support public safety efforts

    A low-head dam is a structure that is designed and built such that water passes over the crest continually from bank to bank.  These structures, also known as diversion dams and grade control structures, serve to provide a reliable water surface elevation upstream for diversion purposes or to control streambed incision.  There are thousands of these structures in the U.S. dating from colonial times to the present.  Besides presenting a barrier to upstream aquatic organism passage, conditions on the downstream side of the dam can present serious dangers to recreationists.  Hydraulic jumps form on the downstream side of low-head dams, and if the downstream depth is deep enough, the jump becomes submerged and forms a powerful reverse current called a “hydraulic.”  In these conditions, anyone passing over these innocuous-looking dams becomes trapped with very little chance of survival.  Those involved in attempted rescues also risk their lives.  These issues will be illustrated with examples and basic hydraulic theory.  Potential actions for those responsible for these structures include installation of signage, dam rehabilitation, or dam removal.  Many of these dams are no longer used for their original intent, while others continue to provide essential services.  To increase public awareness of the dangers and issues associated with low-head dams, the work of a national Task Force on the Creation of an Inventory of Low-head Dams will be described.  Opportunities to assist in this work will be explained to webinar participants.  Eligible for 2 PDHs

    Rollin Hotchkiss

    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Brigham Young University

    Dr. Rollin Hotchkiss is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Brigham Young University.  He is currently chairing a joint Task Force comprising members of USSD, ASDSO, and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers to create a national inventory of low-head dams.  Besides working to reduce fatalities at such structures, Dr. Hotchkiss conducts research in extending the useful life of dams and reservoirs and applications of machine learning in water resources.  He is a professionally licensed civil engineer and holds advanced professional registration with the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

    Manuela Johnson

    Administrator of the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF), and Indiana Silver Jackets State Lead

    Indiana Department of Homeland Security

    Manuela Johnson works at the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in the Response and Recovery Division.  She is the administrator of the State Disaster Relief Fund.   She is the State Lead for the National award winning Indiana Silver Jackets Team.  The Indiana Silver Jackets  has been actively working to draw public awareness to the issues associated with low head dams.  During the last legislative session Indiana passed a law directed specifically at safety at low head dams. 

    In addition, Manuela serves as co-Vice Chair of the Joint Task Force on Low-head Dams and is a member of the ASDSO Safety AT Dams subcommittee. 

     Manuela graduated from Indiana Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Biology. Manuela has worked and volunteered in public safety and emergency management for nearly 40 years.  She holds a number of firefighting and EMS certifications and has served as a certified fire service instructor and fire investigator.  She is married and enjoys gardening, photography, volunteering at her church and working as a safety team member for motorsports events regionally.

    Brian Crookston

    Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and Utah Water Research Laboratory

    Utah State University

    Brian Crookston is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the Utah Water Research Laboratory.  His research group is focused on water sustainability and resiliency including: hydraulic structures, fluvial hydraulics, and modeling and technology. Brian has particular interest in public safety at low-head dams along with the hydraulics of spillways, chutes, energy dissipators, nonlinear weirs, physical and numerical modeling, machine learning algorithms, flow acoustics, scour and erosion, ecohydraulics, embankment failures, flooding, and surface hydrology.  Brian serves as co-Vice Chair of the joint Task Force on Low-head Dams and as Chair of the USSD Spillways subcommittee.  He and his wife have five fantastic kids and love spending time together in a very wide variety of family activities.