ASDSO's Journal of Dam Safety, first published in Spring 2003, provides opportunities to share lessons learned and technology related to dams and levees. The Journal is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December.
Each issue includes technical and/or policy articles (typically three), a training calendar, and a summary of recent dam safety news and events.
Subscription to the Journal of Dam Safety is one benefit of ASDSO membership. Non-members can subscribe by calling 855-228-9732 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full issues and individual articles from the Journal (ISSN 1944-9836) are available through the ASDSO Bookstore.
In the Latest Issue (V12 n3, 2014)
Estimating the Dynamic Shear Strength of Soils for Dam Seismic Safety Analyses
Authors: Erik Malvick, Ph.D., P.E.; Richard Armstrong, Ph.D., P.E.; and Kristen Martin, CA Department of Water Resources
Summarizes the method for estimating a soil’s dynamic shear strength with an emphasis on practical considerations. A discussion is provided to illustrate the method for a dam site. The example demonstrates that materials in the transitional region can benefit from additional detailed laboratory testing programs. Note that the exact details and calculations necessary to actually estimate the dynamic soil strength will not be covered in this paper.
The History of Grouting at Wolf Creek Dam, Kentucky
Authors: Donald Bruce, Geosystems, L.P.; Trent Dreese, Gannett Fleming, Inc.; Brook Brosi, US Army Corps of Engineers; and Michael Terry, Hayward Baker, Inc.
Summary of each of the five grouting phases at Wolf Creek Dam, and highlights the practices followed at each time.
Comparison of Dam Breach Inundation Zones from DSS-WISE™ Lite with Traditional Methods
Author: Hal Van Aller, P.E., MD Dam Safety Program
This article compares the map results from the “Decision Support System for Water Infrastructural Security” (DSS-WISE™) Lite program developed by the US Department of Homeland Security with traditional dam breach modeling software (HEC-1, DAMBRK, and SMPDBK).
Recent Innovations in the Virginia Dam Safety Program
Author: Robert Bennett, P.E., R.A., C.F.M., VA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Overview of the following dam safety innovations: Dam Dragnet, which aims to locate all dams of regulated size in Virginia, Dam First Aid, Dam Watch, Low-Cost Simplified Inundation Mapping, Hazard Creep Prevention, and A New Statewide Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) Study.
Authors: Gerard Reed III, P.E., and William Rose, P.E., San Diego County Water Authority
This article highlights how a partnering program at Olivenhain Dam and San Vicente Dam facilitated timely review of project changes during the design and construction phases of the project. Partnering also facilitated the development of effective testing programs to confirm design criteria and for quality control.