ASDSO Conferences and Seminars


August 1-3, 2017 at the University Guest House and Conference Center, 110 South Ford Douglas Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT 84113.  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 2017 Inspection and Assessment of Dams-Salt Lake City, under "EVENTS".)

Course Objectives

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

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 22 hours of classroom instruction. 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 July 18 are $850 for ASDSO members and $950 for non-members. A late fee of $50 will be applied for registrations received after July 18.  Registration fees include all course materials, daily refreshment breaks, and field trip transportation. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Cancellations received in writing by Tuesday, July 25 will receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. After July 25, 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

Attendees staying at the venue will receive a parking permit at check in for no charge.  Individual permits can be purchased  for $5 daily at the front desk for attendees not staying overnight.


Overnight Accommodations

University Guest House & Conference Center is offering attendees overnight accommodations at $115 per night.  To make overnight reservations call 1-888-416-4075 and reference the group name "2017 ASDSO Insepection & Assessment".  Reservations must be made before June 30, 2017  

The TRAX light rail has a stop very close to the venue.  The Fort Douglas Stop is about a 5 minute walk from the University Guest House.  It is about 15 minutes to downtown Salt Lake City and about 45 minutes to the airport.  More details on TRAX can be found at:

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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