2017 Paper Competition

Dam Safety 2017 Student Paper Competition




ASDSO's ninth annual Student Paper Competition will be held in conjunction with Dam Safety 2017, Sept. 10-14 in San Antonio, TX.

ASDSO invites students to submit papers on dam and levee safety.  Topics may include traditional areas of design engineering, structural and geotechnical analysis, hydrology, hydraulics, construction, risk management and hazard mitigation, emergency action planning, dam security, and policy. In addition, case studies, emerging and innovative technologies, and senior capstone projects are encouraged. Example topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Public safety at dams, including low-head dams
• Legal, social, economic, environmental impacts of dam removal
• Real-time hydrologic modeling applied to dam safety decision making
• Stability & safety of fly ash impoundment structures
• State & federal dam safety programs: What’s working? What’s not?
• Effects of extreme flood events (e.g. hurricanes, tropical storms) on dam safety
• Private dam ownership responsibility for dam safety
• Remediation alternatives for deficient (unsafe) High Hazard Potential dams &
• Levees & hazardous low-head dams
• Policy toward management of existing trees on dam & levee safety
• Innovative monitoring techniques for dam & levee safety
• Lessons learned from dam & levee failures



Paper Competition

Each winning paper will receive $500 and a travel stipend to present at Dam Safety 2017. Winning papers will also be published in the annual conference proceedings. Other selected entries will be invited to participate in the Dam Safety 2017 Poster Forum. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the student paper competition.

  • Deadline: February 1, 2017 — Executive summaries & brief abstracts due (Executive summary should be about 1,200 words and abstract should be 350 words or less. Both are required for the paper competition)
  • April — ASDSO invites full papers
  • June — Draft papers due
  • August — Final revised papers due
  • September — Presentation of papers & awards

The 2017 Student Paper Competition is now closed. Please check back Fall 2017 for details regarding next year's competition.


Additional Information

  • See the Competition FAQ page


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