ASDSO Conferences and Seminars

Welcome to Dam Safety 2016! 

September 11-15, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. 

Make plans now to attend Dam Safety 2016, in Philadelphia! Dam Safety 2016 is one of the leading conferences in the United States dedicated to dam and levee safety engineering and technology transfer.  

Advance On-line registration is now closed.  Please download and complete the Dam Safety 2016 registration formthen bring it with you to the conference registration desk inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  On-site registration begins at 8 am eastern on Sunday, September 11.   Special note for Students: Free registration is only available to full-time undergraduate & graduate students. Please fax or mail a copy of your student I.D. along with the registration form.

Presenter's Toolbox

Attention all agenda speakers, poster & lightning talk presenters, and authors - please see important bulletins, checklists, templates and other helpful details on the PRESENTER's TOOLBOX webpage.  This page will be updated periodically as deadlines approach, so please save the link and watch your inbox for reminder notices.  

Technical Agenda

Dam Safety 2016 will feature more than 30 technical sessions on a wide variety of important dam safety engineering and program-related topics.  This year's opening plenary session will focus on remembering the Teton Dam failure and understanding the impact of that event in shaping modern dam safety policy.  Concurrent sessions on such popular topics as hydrologic modeling, dam owner and regulatory issues, recent extreme storm events, seismic issues, failure modes, and dam assessments round out the three-day agenda. View FULL AGENDA online or download print-ready .pdf.

Agenda Spotlight: Town Hall Meeting - Is It Us Against Them? Part 2: Let’s Hear From Both Sides Of The Design Review Process

The Design Review Process refers to the steps required to get a dam design from concept to regulatory agency approval. In 2012, an ASDSO Task Force was created to research this issue.  More recently, the Dam Design and Construction Committee has been working on guidance for engaging the engineers and regulators early in the design process.  At the 2015 ASDSO conference, a “Soapbox” session was devoted to the problems facing both consultants and regulators in the Design Review Process.  The purpose of this follow-up session is to have a solutions-based discussion with the audience. 

To make the most of this Town Hall Meeeting, we ask that you provide input with regard to the issues described in this short survey. Additional issues and ongoing work was presented during the 2015 ASDSO conference. For background on the work that took place leading up to this year's session, view the 2015 presentation.

Poster Presentations and Lightning Talks are a popular enhancement to the technical agenda.  This year more than twenty innovative topics will be featured in the poster displays, which will be set up in the conference exhibit hall.  Finally, don't miss the entertaining Lightning Talks that will be presented on Monday afternoon, Sept. 12.

Specialty Workshops and Extra Activities

Enhance your Dam Safety 2016 experience by taking advantage of specialty training or networking and social activities. See details on these valuable opportunities:

Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Named by USA Today as one of the "14 places in America you have to visit in 2016", the City of Brotherly Love now proudly bears the title of America's first UNESCO World Heritage City, in recognition of Philadelphia's historic and cultural impact on the course of human events. Other recent accolades include 

  • Best Place in the United States to Visit (Lonely Planet).
  • One of "25 Incredible Destinations" from across the globe (Fodor Travel).
  • No. 1 Family Travel Destination (ABC Travel Guides for Kids). 
  • No. 2 Best Art City in the country (Huffington Post).

Info for planning your trip to the City of Brotherly Love is available at Philadelphia's Convention and Visitors Website.

The newly expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center sits right in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of many of the city's award-winning restaurants and must-see arts and cultural destinations.  All of the Dam Safety 2016 conference events will be held in this LEED Gold Certified faciltiy, which has won numerous industry awards for sustainability, engineering, and hospitality.

NEW - Driving to Dam Safety 2016? We recommend reserving parking in advance with SpotHero! To reserve your parking spot today, visit the Pennsylvania Convention Center SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. 

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app and enter promo code DAMSAFETY for an extra $5 off parking!

Overnight Accommodations - Group Rates

August 24 Notice: The ASDSO room block at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia has filled and closed. If you still need overnight accommodations for the conference, please call our partner reservations service, A Room With A View for info on convenient overflow hotels in downtown Philadelphia. They will secure the lowest available rates at hotels within walking distance of Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Reservations processed by A Room With A View are automatically on a waitlist for rooms at the Marriott Hotel should cancellations occur within the ASDSO group block

A Room With A View can be contacted at 1-800-780-4343 Monday- Friday 8am – 5pm CST.  International attendees can reach them at  This is a FREE SERVICE for all ASDSO attendees

Exhibit, Sponsorship & Advertising Information

If you would like to exhibit, sponsor, or advertise at Dam Safety 2016 please download our 2016 Media Kit now to learn more. To reserve your space, simply download the contractreview the floor plan to select your booth(s), and return the contract to Ross Brown at For more infromaiton contact Ross at or call (859) 550-2788. 

Already exhibiting? Download the GES Exhibitor Kit today! 

Platinum Sponsors


Gannett Fleming

GEI Consultants, Inc.

Schnabel Engineering

Worthington Products

Gold Sponsors

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.


Kleinfelder Inc.

OBG Stantec, Inc.  
Silver Sponsors

CDM Smith



Pare Corporation

Propex GeoSolutions RJH Consultants, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors



Barr Engineering Co.

Measurand, Inc.

Michael Baker International

Pacific Netting Products



Phillips & Jordan, Inc.


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