ASDSO Conferences and Seminars


April 1-2, 2014 at the Denver Tech Center office of URS Corporation, 8181 East Tufts Avenue, Denver, Colorado. FULL/CLOSED.

View preliminary seminar AGENDA or instructor BIOs

The class was limited to the first 50 individuals to register, then was expanded to meet demand and has filled again with 70 registrants. Please contact ASDSO at 1-859-550-2788 to be placed on a waiting list in case there are cancellations.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to be a participatory, interactive workshop, which will cover the basic elements required to understand and evaluate seepage-related issues for earth dams. Topics will include:

  • Why seepage mechanisms in earth dams are important to dam safety.
  • Principles and characteristics of seepage related to embankment dams.
  • Potential seepage-related failure modes for dams.
  • Seepage regimes and computational methods for evaluating seepage.
  • Filters and filter design.
  • Methods of investigating, controlling, and remediating dam seepage.
  • Experience through hands-on exercises that represent real-world, practical applications.

The course is targeted for individuals with a wide variety of technical experience, ranging from newly employed to veteran dam safety engineers.

Course Materials

The course materials will be developed for production in three-ring notebooks so that class participants can customize the workbook by adding their own notes and other information during or after the course. The Seminar Workbook includes copies of presentation slides (with room for notes); exercise materials (including solutions to be provided after completion of the exercise); selected reference tables and figures. In addition, participants will receive a DVD with digital files of all hard copy information listed above; a compilation of useful reference materials; and selected technical papers on pertinent case histories


John W. France, P.E., Vice President, and Jennifer L. Williams, P.E., Geotechnical Engineer, URS Corporation; John Cyganiewicz, P.E., Cyganiewicz Geotechnical, LLC; and James R. Talbot, P.E., Jr. Talbot Consulting

What to Bring

Participants should arrive prepared with a calculator, engineer's scale, and laptop computer (for optional evening workshop).

Continuing Education

Up to 15 PDHs are available for attending the full course. (Participating in the optional evening session would add 1 to 2 hours to this total.) Each attendee will receive a form on which to record contact hours for continuing education credit. Please note: ASDSO is not an approved provider for New York professional engineering license continuing education.


Early Bird Rate prior to March 18 is $500 for ASDSO members and $600 for non-members. Fees on or after March 18 are $550 member/$650 non-member. Registration fees include all course materials, daily continental breakfast and coffee breaks.

Provision of Services for Sensory Impaired Attendees

ASDSO will provide services to sensory impaired persons attending the seminar if requested at least five days prior to the date of the seminar.


Contact Susan Sorrell, ASDSO (toll free) 855/228-9732 ext. 2 or

To Register

Download the full registration brochure (linked above), complete the form and mail with payment to ASDSO, 450 Old Vine Street, 2nd floor, Lexington, KY, 40507 or fax to (859) 550-2795. Or register online by clicking the link above, credit card payments only. If you are not currently an ASDSO member, please include the appropriate dues in order to be eligible for the members-only registration discount. Refund Policy: Cancellations received in writing by Tuesday, March 25 will receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. After March 25, registration fees are no longer refundable.

Overnight Accommodations

For participants who wish to reserve overnight accommodations, the following hotels are within walking distance of the URS office building:

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center (866) 215-6641
Hilton Garden Inn Denver Tech Center (303) 770-4200
Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Tech Center (303) 804-9900

Attendee Profile

Please complete the brief profile questionnaire which will be emailed to you a few days prior to the seminar. Your participation in this survey will help us efficiently tailor the seminar content to the specific needs of the attendees.

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