Structural Behavior of Dams

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Bruce Brand’s “Structural Behavior of Dams” is a 4-day course on Dam Engineering.  It is at the same time very theoretical and very practical.  Theory is presented and then applied to real-world dam engineering situations.

Bruce originally developed the course for FERC engineers, but now is offering it to the dam engineering community.  The target audience is experienced engineers, it would not be appropriate for novices.  Classes are small; no more than 12 students.


Beam Theory with an emphasis on geometric non-linearities

Safety Factor

Loads on Dams

     Steady State Hydrodynamic


     Lateral Earth


     Follower Forces

     Seismic Loads

Analysis Methods

FEA Background




     Surge Tank Example

     Wave Radiating Boundaries

Fracture Mechanics

Rock Mechanics

Case Histories

Arch Dams

Gravity Arches

Slab and Buttress Topics

In addition to instruction, Bruce provides the following software:

2DSTAB               Gravity Dam Analysis

TGRIB                  Taintergate Analysis

VF2D                   2 Dim. Non-Linear FEA

ARVAR                3 Dim. Non-linear FEA

DAMGEN            Gravity Dam Mesh Generator

ARCHMKR          Arch Dam Mesh Generator

Bruce Brand

Senior Civil/Structural Engineer

Hetrodyne Engineering

Mr. Brand is a Dam Engineering Consultant. Prior to 2018 Bruce served as a senior Structural engineer for the dam safety program of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In that capacity, he developed FERC Engineering Guidelines for the evaluation of Concrete dams. He has also developed much of the FERC's engineering software, including several non-linear finite element codes, both static and dynamic. With respect to spillway gates, he was instrumental in the development of the FERC Taintergate Initiative. From 1981-1992 Mr. Brand was the structural Designer & Team Leader for the St. Paul District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. In that capacity, he performed structural design on a wide  variety of Dam on other water resource structures.

B.S., Mathematics, 1979 St. Johns University

B.S., Civil Engineering, 1980, University of Minnesota

M.S.,Civil Engineering, 1981, University of Minnesota

Bruce is a Husband, Father of 3, Student of the Bible (especially the Old Testament), Guitarist/singer/songwriter, Mathematician, Electronic circuit designer, Welder, Plumber, Minnesota Vikings fan.


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Workshop Day 1
01/25/2022 at 9:00 AM (MST)  |  420 minutes
01/25/2022 at 9:00 AM (MST)  |  420 minutes
Workshop Day 2
01/26/2022 at 9:00 AM (MST)  |  420 minutes
01/26/2022 at 9:00 AM (MST)  |  420 minutes
Workshop Day 3
01/27/2022 at 9:00 AM (MST)  |  420 minutes
01/27/2022 at 9:00 AM (MST)  |  420 minutes
Workshop Day 4
01/28/2022 at 9:00 AM (MST)  |  420 minutes
01/28/2022 at 9:00 AM (MST)  |  420 minutes
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PDH Certificate
24.00 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
24.00 PDH credits  |  Certificate available