2021 USSD 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.

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  • Improving Scorecard on Dams and Levees

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    1. Lessons in Decision Making Influence-Halpin 2. Decision Influencers Panel Discussion 3. Decision Makers Panel Discussion 4. Q&A

    1. Lessons in Decision Making Influence-Halpin
    2. Decision Influencers Panel Discussion
    3. Decision Makers Panel Discussion
    4. Q&A

    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 recently 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 on infrastructure issues facing society.

    Nate Snorteland

    Speaker

    RMC

    Irfan Alvi

    Speaker

    Alvi Associates

    Rafael Ibanez-de-Aldecoa

    Speaker

    Dragados

    Ignacio Escuder

    Founder and Senior Partner

    iPresas

    Phoebe Purcell

    Chief of Dam and Levee Safety

    USACE

    Robert Pike

    Chief, Dam Safety Office

    USBR

    Jennifer Dodd

    General Manager, Dam Safety

    TVA

    David Sarkisian

    Supervising Engineer, Water Resources

    CA DWR

    Matt Muto

    Consulting Engineer

    Southern Cal Edison

  • USACE Special Projects

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits

    1. Fully Grouted Vibrating Wire Piezometer Installations in Artesian and Karst Conditions at Mosul Dam 2. Practical Aspects of the Use of Synthetic Aperture Radar for Dam Safety Monitoring Based on Three Years of Ground Truth 3. Failure Emergency Response Mitigation and Engineering Geology of Guajataca Dam Spillway Puerto Rico 4. Guajataca Dam: Spillway Failure Emergency Response and Spillway Failure Assessment 5. Interim Risk Reduction Measures (IRRM) for Guajataca Dam Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria (2017)

    1. Fully Grouted Vibrating Wire Piezometer Installations in Artesian and Karst Conditions at Mosul Dam  
    2. Practical Aspects of the Use of Synthetic Aperture Radar for Dam Safety Monitoring Based on Three Years of Ground Truth  
    3. Failure Emergency Response Mitigation and Engineering Geology of Guajataca Dam Spillway Puerto Rico  
    4. Guajataca Dam: Spillway Failure Emergency Response and Spillway Failure Assessment  
    5. Interim Risk Reduction Measures (IRRM) for Guajataca Dam Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria (2017)

    Gregg Batchelder Adams

    Lead Civil Engineer

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    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.

    Sam Hutsell

    Chief, Dams & Levees Section

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Todd Loar

    Senior Geological Engineer

    USACE-RMC

    William Empson

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

    USACE

  • COPSSEM - Resiliency/Life Cycle

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    1. Integrating Dam Safety Risk into the Dam Site Exploration Framework for Design Projects 2. Effectiveness of Comprehensive Emergency Action Planning for the Santee North Dam 3. Santee Cooper Hydroelectric Project - Physical Security and Response Plan

    1. Integrating Dam Safety Risk into the Dam Site Exploration Framework for Design Projects
    2. Effectiveness of Comprehensive Emergency Action Planning for the Santee North Dam
    3. Santee Cooper Hydroelectric Project - Physical Security and Response Plan

    Mike Frederick

    Chief

    SC Public Service Authority Law Enforcement Division

    Mike Frederick has served as a US Army paratrooper, in various law enforcement roles (including DEA Task Force Agent, SWAT Commander, Chief Deputy, and Chief of Police), and as a federal counter-terrorism operative, during which time he completed numerous overseas postings and assignments throughout the Mideast, Africa, and Central/South America. He currently serves as the Chief for the SC Public Service Authority Law Enforcement Division, where his duties focus on counter-terrorism and critical infrastructure protection.

    Mike Frederick holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, and graduated from the FBI National Academy. An adjunct university instructor for more than 20 years, Mike Frederick teaches management, criminal justice, intelligence, and terrorism courses for two SC universities. Mr. Frederick is extensively trained in threat assessment, completed Gavin de Becker’s Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy, and has performed hundreds of successful criminal and counter-terrorist threat assessments worldwide. He specializes in the psychological/behavioral economics approach to crime prevention, and presents and publishes nationally on threat assessment, criminal intelligence, the behavioral elements of environmental design, Red Teaming, and terrorism. Mike Frederick resides in Myrtle Beach, SC and consults for corporate and governmental clients worldwide on threat assessment, workplace violence, hiring and retention policy, executive decision-making, and physical security design.

    Ryan McMakin

    Superintendent of General Construction Services

    Santee Cooper

    Derek Morley

    Senior Principal Engineer

    Geosyntec Consultants

  • Measurand Technical Segment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session explores the technology behind Measurand’s three unique ShapeArray models, reviews the installation methods and your options for viewing and collecting data. Finnegan Mwape and Matthew Miller illustrate real-world dam monitoring applications in three case studies that include: • Mactaquac Dam— A hydroelectric dam in New Brunswick, Canada • La Romaine Dam— A Rockfill dam in Quebec, Canada • Oroville Dam— A Earth embankment dam in California, USA

    This session explores the technology behind Measurand’s three unique ShapeArray models, reviews the installation methods and your options for viewing and collecting data. Finnegan Mwape and Matthew Miller illustrate real-world dam monitoring applications in three case studies that include:

    • Mactaquac Dam— A hydroelectric dam in New Brunswick, Canada
    • La Romaine Dam— A Rockfill dam in Quebec, Canada
    • Oroville Dam— A Earth embankment dam in California, USA

    Finnegan Mwape, P.E., MBA

    Vice President of Global Sales

    Measurand

    Finnegan Mwape (Finn) serves as the Vice President of Global Sales for Measurand. Finn is a licensed professional Civil Engineer in the state of California. Finn has held various technical and management roles throughout his 20+ years in the industry and understands the unique challenges that our clients face when designing monitoring solutions for the largest civil structures in the world. Finn’s technical experience includes practicing geotechnical engineering in the western United States, including the highly complex and challenging geologic setting of the San Francisco Bay Area. Finn has also performed geotechnical characterization of physical properties of site-specific subsurface conditions on various projects worldwide. In his current role with Measurand, Finn draws on the breadth of his technical and business expertise to help Measurand’s clients in implementing cost saving and risk mitigating deformation monitoring solutions.

    Matthew Miller, B.Sc.E., EIT

    Speaker

    Measurand

    Matthew is a senior member of the Technical Services team and has been with Measurand for 4 years. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, and supplementary diplomas in Technology Management, Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Mathematics. Matthew has been educating and guiding clients through the steps of automation as well as the implementation of ShapeArray into new or existing monitoring programs.

  • FEMA and FERC Agency Updates

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/16/2021

    General update on FERC's dam safety program, focusing on the proposed new FERC dam safety regulations, and the Michigan dam failures. Updates on FEMA’s Risk Management Directorate, including the National Dam Safety Program, the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program, and the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s Strategy to increase Resilience for ALL Communities. Moderated by John Wolfhope, Division Manager, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

    General update on FERC's dam safety program, focusing on the proposed new FERC dam safety regulations, and the Michigan dam failures. Updates on FEMA’s Risk Management Directorate, including the National Dam Safety Program, the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program, and the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s Strategy to increase Resilience for ALL Communities. Moderated by John Wolfhope, Division Manager, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

    Nick Shufro

    Deputy Assistant Administrator at Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration

    FEMA

    Nick Shufro is currently serving in the roles of Acting Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Risk Management Directorate (RMD) in the Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA).

    In his capacity as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for RMD, Mr. Shufro was responsible for supporting RMD’s aspiration to “build a world class organization by focusing on customer satisfaction and empowering people to drive action together.” RMD’s priorities include: producing flood hazard and risk data, assessing and translating risk information into action for multiple perils, and communicating risk and providing incentives to drive mitigation action for multiple perils. RMD’s program portfolio includes: RiskMAP, the National Dam Safety Program, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, the National Building Science Program, and Hazard Mitigation Planning.

    Mr. Shufro was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in September 2016 and previously served as Chief Learning Officer (CLO) in FEMA’s Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer where he focused on Training, Education and Professional Development (TEP) initiatives for FEMA employees, including leading Onboarding and Orientation and delivery of Mandatory, Supervisory, Management, and Leadership training (2018-2020) and as Assistant Administrator, RMD, FIMA (2016-2018). Prior to joining federal service, Mr. Shufro worked at PwC, the US Asia Environmental Partnership, United Technologies Corporation and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.

    Mr. Shufro has more than 35 years of energy, financial, adaptation, resilience, environmental health and safety management, and performance reporting experience, working and consulting for industry, government, utilities, trade associations, and non-governmental agencies in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
    Mr. Shufro is a graduate of The University of Michigan (Bachelor of Arts in Honors History), New York University’s Stern School of Business Administration and L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Masters of Business Administration in Finance & International Business) and the Yale School of Environmental Studies (Masters of Environmental Management in Industrial Environmental Management).

    David Capka, P.E.

    Director, Division of Dam Safety and Inspections

    FERC

    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.

  • Carolinas

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    1. Flood Failure Historical Deficiencies Repair - Case Study of Two Small Dams on Fort Jackson 2. Engineer and Contractor Cooperation in Preserving Asheville's Water Supply 3. Rehabilitation of Langley Pond Dam

    1. Flood Failure Historical Deficiencies Repair - Case Study of Two Small Dams on Fort Jackson
    2. Engineer and Contractor Cooperation in Preserving Asheville's Water Supply
    3. Rehabilitation of Langley Pond Dam

    Jonathan Dean

    Associate

    Schnabel Engineering, Inc.

    Scarlett Kitts

    Professional Engineer

    Schnabel Engineering

    Mike Phillips

    Senior Hydraulic Structures Engineer

    USACE Risk Management Center

  • Dam Safety - Spillways

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    1. Spillway Incident Risk Prioritization Tool 2. Public Dissemination of USACE Inundation Maps and Risk Information 3. Dam Safety Considerations for Dams Following Significant Drawdown 4. Lessons learned from a screening study of bedrock erodibility at spillway foundations 5. Oroville Dam Complex Level 2 Risk Analysis

    1. Spillway Incident Risk Prioritization Tool
    2. Public Dissemination of USACE Inundation Maps and Risk Information
    3. Dam Safety Considerations for Dams Following Significant Drawdown
    4. Lessons learned from a screening study of bedrock erodibility at spillway foundations
    5. Oroville Dam Complex Level 2 Risk Analysis

    Hans AbramsonWard

    Principal Geologist

    Lettis Consultants International, Inc.

    James Olsen

    Geotechnical Engineer, Project Manager

    US Bureau of Reclamation

    James Olsen is a Geotechnical Engineer with over 15 years of experience working on embankment dams and other water resources-related engineering projects. He received his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Masters of Science Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. He joined Reclamation's Technical Service Center in 2018.

    Rebecca Ragon

    Author

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Daniel Osmun

    Author

    HDR

    Mr. Osmun has 32 years experience in geotechnical and embankment dam engineering. He has served in numerous leadership roles on major dam design and rehabilitation projects and has performed dam safety evaluations on many earthfill and concrete dams including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulated hydropower dams, Corps of Engineers dams, as well as many Reclamation dams. Dan served as one of the USSD-nominated leaders of the Oroville Complex Level 2 Risk Analysis. He current serves as HDR’s practice leader for dam safety risk informed decision making.

    Adam Toothman

    Civil Engineer

    U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

  • HDR Technical Session

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Details to come.

    Details to come.

  • Charleston Peninsula Coastal Flood Risk Management Study

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/16/2021

    Our 4 speakers worked together on this project and have a unique perspective to share. They will address the primary threat that is due to rising sea levels and storm surge. Concludes with a panel discussion moderated by Kelly Schaeffer.

    Our 4 speakers worked together on this project and have a unique perspective to share. They will address the primary threat that is due to rising sea levels and storm surge. Concludes with a panel discussion moderated by Kelly Schaeffer.

    Wes Wilson

    Project Manager

    USACE - Charleston District

    Wes Wilson joined the Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District October 2007 as a member of the Project Management Branch after working for five years with Bechtel Corporation. In his current position, he is responsible for Project Management on three main programs – Navigation Operations and Maintenance, Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Projects and Navigation Construction. He is also responsible for the Charleston Peninsula Feasibility Study.

    Mr. Wilson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 2003 from Clemson University.

    Winslow Hastie

    President and CEO

    Charleston Historical Foundation

    Winslow Hastie is President & CEO of Historic Charleston Foundation, a non-profit organization that champions the historic authenticity, cultural character and livability of the Charleston region through advocacy, stewardship and community engagement. Hastie began his career in San Francisco as a preservation consultant at Carey & Co. Architecture, and as an urban planner and preservation specialist at the City of San Francisco Planning Department. A native of Charleston, Hastie returned to his roots as the Chief Preservation Officer at Historic Charleston Foundation. Following a national search, Hastie was chosen to lead the Foundation as President & CEO, ushering in a new era of heightened advocacy engagement and strategic programming to address preservation, livability and growth issues facing the Charleston region. He holds a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the South at Sewanee. In his active civic life, Hastie serves on the Board of Directors of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, an historic site outside of Charleston; the Advisory Board of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art; the Board of Directors of Preservation Action, a national preservation advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.; and the Board of the Friends of the Lowcountry Lowline.

    Mark Wilbert

    Chief Resilience Officer and Senior Policy Advisor

    City of Charleston, SC

    Mark Wilbert is the Chief Resilience Officer and Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor for the City of Charleston, South Carolina. Mark is focused on leading City Staff and the Charleston community in planning for the effects of changing weather, including flooding, sea level rise and extreme heat, in a thriving city of 150,000 residents and seven million visitors annually.

    Since becoming Charleston’s first Chief Resilience Officer in 2018, Mark has led the development and implementation of the City of Charleston’s Flooding and Sea Level Rise Strategy, and has served as city project lead for the Charleston Dutch Dialogues. He also continues as city project lead for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management Study for the Charleston Peninsula and successfully led the city team through the recently completed All Hazards Risk and Vulnerability Analysis.
    Prior to assuming his current role, Mark served as the City’s Emergency Management Director for five years following active duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard for 35 years, retiring as Captain. During his Coast Guard career, Mark served in roles involving Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Counter –Terrorism and protecting the maritime environment. He was also involved in planning and responding to numerous weather related disasters and events including the G-8 Summit in 2004 and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010.

    Elizabeth (Liz) Fly, Ph.D.

    Marine Conservation Director, South Carolina Chapter

    The Nature Conservancy

    Liz is the Marine Conservation Director for the South Carolina chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She is expanding the Conservancy’s engagement in important coastal and offshore issues facing South Carolina, including using nature-based solutions to mitigate flood risk, supporting sustainable fisheries, and making informed ocean-use decisions. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in South Carolina for 14 years working on marine-related issues. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina, studying climate change impacts on marine mussels around the world. Liz spent a year in Washington D.C. as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, working on ocean and coastal issues for the Third National Climate Assessment which was released in 2014. Before joining the Conservancy, she was the coastal climate specialist for the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments program, providing science-based information and technical support for coastal climate adaptation issues.

  • TVA Boone Dam Cutoff Wall

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    1. The Effectiveness of Grouting as a Slurry Control Pre-Treatment for the Boone Dam Cutoff Wall 2. Drilling and Grouting with Exclusive Use of Instrumented Packers at the Boone Dam Internal Erosion Mitigation Project 3. Construction Techniques and Challenges during the Cutoff Wall Installation at TVA Boone Dam Remediation Project 4. Monitoring While Engineering at the Boone Dam Internal Erosion Mitigation Project 5. Joint Execution Exercises as a Risk Mitigation Tool for the Boone Dam Remediation Project

     1. The Effectiveness of Grouting as a Slurry Control Pre-Treatment for the Boone Dam Cutoff Wall
     2. Drilling and Grouting with Exclusive Use of Instrumented Packers at the Boone Dam Internal Erosion Mitigation Project
     3. Construction Techniques and Challenges during the Cutoff Wall Installation at TVA Boone Dam Remediation Project
     4. Monitoring While Engineering at the Boone Dam Internal Erosion Mitigation Project
     5. Joint Execution Exercises as a Risk Mitigation Tool for the Boone Dam Remediation Project

    Veronica Barredo

    Senior Program Manager

    Tennessee Valley Authority

    John Barrett

    Principal Engineer

    Geosyntec Consultants

    Conrad Ginther, P.E.

    Construction Manager/Geotechnical Engineer

    Black & Veatch

    Mr. Ginther is a geotechnical engineer and construction manager specializing in seepage barriers, grouting, cutoff walls, dam design and construction, and dam safety.

    Jose Torres

    Project Manager

    Nicholson Construction

    Patrick White

    Senior Geotechnical Engineer

    AECOM