ASDSO Conferences and Seminars


February 28-March 1 at the Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 Cotton Center Blvd., Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ, 85040

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Course Objectives   

Important aspects of dam safety are the design and construction of the dam, levee and appurtenant structures. The basis for dam and levee safety is established in the development of the detailed design drawings and project specifications, and implemented in construction of the project. Technical reviewers have the important role of checking to verify if the design meets the requirements and criteria that have been developed by the regulatory agency, prior to issuance of the permit to construct. Designs involving the subsurface soil and geologic conditions also must be adaptable to actual conditions encountered during construction as the geotechnical investigation is not complete until construction has been completed. This seminar will focus on:

1) The design review for dam and levee safety, including what is important and how to avoid getting side-tracked by non-safety related issues, and 2) What to look for in construction inspection and addressing unexpected conditions.

This is a BASIC level seminar.  Participants should have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and at least 5 years of experience design or construction of dams or levees, or 10 years of related technical experience in the investigation, design, or construction of levees or dams and reservoirs.

Course Materials

Attendees will receive presentation and reference materials that will aid in both implementing lessons learned in the seminar, and adapting review procedures and checklists to their specific organization.  A CD of the presentation material and references will also be provided.

Professional Development Hours

Up to 15 PDHs are available for attending this two-day course.  Each attendee will receive a form on which to record contact hours for continuing education credit.  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 certified by the Practicing Institute for Engineering for 11 PDHs in Continuing Education (CE) training plus 2 PDHs in Other Educational Activity, provided the attendee participates in all sessions on each day. 

Registration Fees

Fees prior to April February 15 are $650 for ASDSO members and $750 for non-members.  A late fee of $50 applies to registrations received after February 15.  Registration fees include all course materials, continental breakfast, and coffee breaks. Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations received in writing by Tuesday, February 21 will receive a refund.  All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee.  After February 21, 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.

Overnight Accommodations

No ASDSO group blocks have been reserved, however, the following hotels are within close proximity to the seminar location and may offer government per diem or other discounted rates.  Some of them also have a complimentary shuttle service.  Complimentary parking is available at the conference center.

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton:  602-470-2100
  • Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Airport:  480-966-4300
  • Marriott Buttes Resort:  888-867-7492
  • Sheraton Phoenix Airport:  480-967-6600
  • Legacy Golf Resort:  602-305-5500

Confirmation and Attendee Profile

Along with your registration confirmation letter, ASDSO will email you a link to a short on-line survey.  Please take a moment to complete the survey well in advance of the seminar.  Your participation will help us efficiently tailor the seminar content to the needs of the attendees.


Call Jennifer Burns, ASDSO 859-550-2788


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