ASDSO Conferences and Seminars


May 16-18, 2017 at the Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 South State Street, Chicago, IL, 60605

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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. 

Course Objectives

This course provides instruction on common failure modes for most types of dams and levees with primary emphasis on dams.  The principles, concepts and design standards taught are applicable to anyone conducting inspections, performing assessments, conducting risk analyses, or involved in the design of a dam or levee project.   Participants will learn about potential failure modes, conditions that can lead to these failure modes, approaches to responding to dam and levee failure modes to avert failures, and defensive design details or modifications for dams and levees to increase their resistance to various failure modes.  These lessons learned will be illustrated using numerous case histories from dam and levee failures and incidents. 

Key Takeaways:
1.  Potential failure modes for different dam types
2.  Dam failure statistics and trends
3.  State of the practice defensive design details to address common failure modes
4.  Introduction to potential failure mode and risk analyses
5.  Importance of inspecting and monitoring dams

This is a BASIC LEVEL seminar.  There are no specific education or experience prerequisites for this course, although some knowledge/experience in dam engineering and dam safety would be beneficial.   Some advanced geotechnical concepts will be presented.

Course Materials

Attendees will receive presentation and reference materials that will aid in implementing lessons learned in the seminar.  A DVD will be provided to participants that will include the presentation slides in .pdf format, as well as other material developed for the course.  The DVD will also contain a variety of technical papers pertinent to the topic material.  A hard-copy workbook will not be provided.

Continuing Education

This technical seminar contains up to 20 hours of classroom instruction.  (This does not include the optional evening session.) Forms for the documentation of PDH credits will be provided to all registered attendees.  Note: This course will be evaluated for approval of continuing ed credit for New York-licensed professional engineers.  Watch the ASDSO website for an announcement in this regard. 

Registration Fees

Fees prior to May 2 are $850 for ASDSO members and $950 for non-members.  A late fee of $50 will be applied for registrations received after May 2.  Registration fees include all course materials and daily refreshment breaks.  Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations received in writing by May 9, 2017 will receive a refund.  All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee.  After May 9, 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.

To Register

On-line registration is available at under “Register for Training” (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.

Overnight Accommodations & Parking

No ASDSO group blocks have been reserved, however, there are several hotels within close proximity to the seminar location that may offer government per diems or other discounted rates.  Please see Hotel, Parking and Ground Transportation Flyer for details.

Conference Chicago DOES NOT have its own parking.  There a a number of parking garages and lots around the building.  Please see Hotel, Parking and Ground Transportation Flyer for details.

Hotel, Parking and Ground Transportation Flyer

Attendee Profile

Please complete the brief profile questionnaire which will be sent to you closer to the seminar.  Your participation in this survey will help us efficiently tailor the seminar content to the specific needs of the attendees.


Call Jennifer Burns, ASDSO 859/550-2788

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