ASDSO Conferences and Seminars


May 25-27, 2016 at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68106.  Class size is limited, so please register early.

View Seminar Agenda or Instructor Bios.

To REGISTER: Download the registration form in PDF format or log in to the ASDSO Portal to access on-line registration. (See 2016 Inspection and Assessment of Dams-Omaha, under "EVENTS".)


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 May 11 are $850 for ASDSO members and $950 for non-members. A late fee of $50 will be applied for registrations received after May 11.  Registration fees include all course materials, daily refreshment breaks, and field trip transportation.  Cancellation & Refund Policy: Cancellations received in writing by Tuesday, May 17 will receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. After May 17, 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

FREE parking is available at the Scott Conference Center.

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 perdiems or other discounted rates. 

  • Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village (within close walking distance)
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Omah Aksarben 
  • Hampton Inn Omaha Midtown-Aksarben Area
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Omaha
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hoel Omaha Southwest
  • Staybridge Suites Omaha 80th and Dodge

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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