ASDSO Conferences and Seminars


April 26-28, 2016 at the 103 WEST Restaurant, 103 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia.  Class size is limited, so please register early.

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Course Objectives

This 2.5-day 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. The first day begins with providing an understanding of why seepage mechanisms in earth dams are important to dam safety. Discussions of principles and characteristics of seepage related to embankment dams, various modes of seepage, and computational methods for evaluating seepage will then be presented. The second day focuses on methods of investigating, controlling, and remediating dam seepage. Hands-on exercises will represent real-world, practical applications pertinent to the attendees. The final half day will include a hands-on session of the SEEP/W computer program to demonstrate computational analysis of a hypothetical seepage scenario. 

Students will learn:

1: Why understanding seepage mechanisms in earth dams are important to dam safety
2: Principles and characteristics of seepage related to embankment dams, including review of potential seepage-related failure modes and their common initiators or triggers 
3: Computational methods for evaluating seepage
4: Understanding theory, application, and design of filters
5: Methods of investigating, monitoring, controlling, and remediating seepage problems in existing dams using case histories and hands-on exercises to enforce understanding of 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, AECOM; 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 and an engineer's scale. In addition, participants who want to participate in a hands-on session with a seepage analysis program should bring a laptop computer. Students who do not bring a laptop will be able to follow the instructor’s demonstration of the program, but will not have the hands-on experience. For those who choose to bring a laptop computer, SEEP/W software must be installed on the machine prior to the seminar.  Software installation instructions will be send to all registrants in advance.

Continuing Education

Update: This classroom seminar contains up to 18 hours of classroom instruction, including the optional computing session on April 28. Forms for the documentation of PDH credits will be provided to all registered attendees.  NOTE: Professional Engineers licensed in New York State who complete the non-optional course sessions and the assessment quiz are eligible to receive a certificate for up to 14 professional development hours (PDHs). 


Fees prior to April 13 are $850 for ASDSO members and $950 for non-members. A late fee of $50 will be applied to registrations received after April 13. Registration fees include all course materials, continental breakfasts, and coffee breaks. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Cancellations received in writing by Tuesday, April 19 will receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. After April 19, registration fees are no longer refundable.

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. Please contact Susan Sorrell at ASDSO (859) 550-2788 for more information.

Attendee Parking

Onsite parking is available for $2 daily (CASH ONLY).

Overnight Accommodations

No ASDSO group room blocks have been reserved, however, the following hotels are within close proximity to the seminar location and may offer government per diems or other discounted rates.

St. Regis Atlanta/404-563-7900
Staybridge Suites/404-564-4300 
Embassy Suites/404-266-4805
Grand Hyatt Atlanta/404-364-3912
Residence Inn/404-852-3579
Courtyard Marriott/404-869-0818

Confirmation & Attendee Profile

A registration confirmation message will be sent via email. You will also receive a link to a short on-line survey prior to the seminar date. Please take a moment to complete the survey, as your participation will help us efficiently tailor the content to the needs of the attendees.


Call Jennifer Burns, ASDSO, at (859) 550-2788 or email

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