ASDSO Conferences and Seminars


February 7-9, 2017 at the University of South Florida, 4310 USF Cedar Circle,  Tampa, FL 33620.  Class size is limited, so please register early.

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To REGISTER: Download the registration form in PDF format or log in to the ASDSO Portal to access on-line registration. 


This seminar provides comprehensive instruction in inspection and evaluation techniques for dams.  The principles, concepts and procedures taught will be readily adaptable to any organization conducting dam inspections and evaluating their compliance with current design standards.  The target audience is state and federal dam owners/regulators, local and private dam owners/operators, consulting engineers and personnel responsible for the operation and maintenance of dams.  Participants learn about a variety of dam types and their appurtenances, the function of typical dam features, and common dam failure modes and the conditions that can lead to these failure modes.  Actual dam failure cases will be presented.  Public safety, security, and liability will also be discussed along with approaches to responding to dam incidents.

Students will learn about:

1.  Historical perspective of dam construction methods for various dam types
2.  Common failure modes associated with various dam types
3.  Understanding of standards for maintaining dams
4.  Techniques for performing a comprehensive dam inspection
5.  Awareness of emerging issues related to inspection and assessment of dams

There are no specific education or experience prerequisites for this course, although some knowledge/experience in dam safety would be beneficial.


Course materials will be produced on DVD. The Workshop DVD will include copies of the presentation slides, plus several helpful references including:

FEMA Technical Manuals, including:
•         Impacts of Animals on Earthen Dams
•         Impacts of Plants on Earthen Dams
•         Conduits Through Embankment Dams
•         Best Practices
•         Filters for Embankment Dams
•         FEMA P-919 – Summary of Existing Guidelines for Hydrologic Safety of Dams;
•         plus a number of internet URLs for sites where additional information can be                        found.


Paul G. Schweiger, P.E., and Dean B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. of Gannett Fleming, Inc. and Gene Peters of Performance Plus.

What to Bring

Attendees interested in participating in the visit to local dams to practice inspection techniques should bring appropriate outdoor apparel.  Personal protection equipment (hard hat, steel toed boots, etc) is not required for this field tour.

Continuing Education

This technical seminar contains up to 24 hours of classroom instruction (This includes the optional evening session). Forms for the documentation of PDH credits will be provided to all registered attendees.  NOTE: This Technical Seminar is also approved for credit to satisfy mandatory continuing education requirements for Professional Engineers licensed in New York State.  The course is classified as CE Training and participants who complete the course and the assessment quizzes will receive a certificate for up to 19 professional development hours (PDHs). 


Fees prior to January 24 are $850 for ASDSO members and $950 for non-members. A late fee of $50 will be applied for registrations received after January 24.  Registration fees include all course materials, daily refreshment breaks, and field trip transportation. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Cancellations received in writing by January 31 will receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. After January 31, 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 & Directions

Parking is available at the USF parking garage for $5.  Only credit and debit cards are accepted as payment.  Directions and Parking Details

Overnight Accommodations

No ASDSO group room blocks have been reserved, however, the following hotels are within close proximity to the seminar location and my offer government per diem or other discounted rates. Please review the USF Hotel List linked below.  Many of the listed hotels offer complimentary shuttle service to USF.  You will need to coordinate directly with the hotel to set up shuttle services.  Please see USF Hotel List

Confirmation and 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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