The Journal of Dam Safety

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

Full issues and individual articles from the Journal (ISSN 1944-9836) are available through the ASDSO Bookstore.

In the Latest Issue (V12 n2, 2014)

A New Instrumented Becker Penetration Test (iBPT) for Improved Characterization of Gravelly Deposits Within and Underlying Dams
By: Jason DeJong, Ph.D.; Mason Ghafghazi, Ph.D., PEng.; and Alexander Sturm, University of California, Davis; Richard J. Armstrong, Ph.D., P.E., CA Dept of Water Resources; Adam Perez, P.E.; and Craig A. Davis, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power

A new, instrumented Becker Penetrometer (iBPT) has been developed to provide measurements of energy directly at the drill string tip.  Details of this new system, including the hardware, its operation, data processing, and example results are described.  An overview of the fieldwork completed to date at two project sites is summarized.  Finally, the methodology developed to estimate equivalent SPT N_60 blow counts using the new iBPT method is presented. 

The Great Flood of 1913 and the First Hundred Years of the Miami Conservancy District
By: Kurt A. Rinehart, P.E., Miami Conservancy District

One hundred years ago the citizens and community leaders in Dayton and neighboring communities in southwestern Ohio were venturing into the unknown: planning a flood protection system unlike anything that had been tried anywhere. This paper follows the catastrophic event that caused them to take such an action, the project that resulted, and how that project has fared after its first 100 years.

Behavior of Embankement Dams during Earthquake
By: James R. Swaisgood, P.E., C.P.G., Consultant

An evaluation of case histories of the deformation of embankment dams due to earthquake has been in progress since 1990 with two objectives in mind:

•    Providing a tool for immediate assessment of a structure that has undergone seismic loading, and
•    Creating a method for checking the results of complex deformation analyses against actual, historic dam behavior during earthquake.

The findings from these on-going empirical studies were last presented ten years ago. Since that time, the research has continued, increasing the database by nearly 20 percent. This paper presents the results of the extended examination and re-analyses of the entire database.

Submittal Guidelines

  1. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published as copyrighted material by any entity other than ASDSO, nor may they be submitted for consideration for publication as copyrighted material by any entity aside from ASDSO while in review for the Journal of Dam Safety. Exceptions may be granted, provided that an author whose paper has been previously copyrighted by another periodical or journal has secured copyright clearance, including associated fees, prior to submitting the paper.
  2. Technical articles should be 8 to 10 pages in length (single-spaced) including graphics and photos.
  3. Submit draft papers at least two months prior to the final article due date in MS Word format with photos and figures included in the paper.
  4. One ASDSO State representative and one ASDSO Affiliate Member Advisory Committee member will review each draft paper for content and scope. Their comments will be returned to the author(s) for consideration in preparing the final paper.
  5. Following editorial committee review, authors submit:
    1. Final papers in MS Word 2000 (or higher) format, including in-place photos and drawings and metric (SI) equivalent units in parentheses following English unit values;
    2. Photos and graphics in separate jpg, tiff, ep, or pdf format files of at least 300 dpi. (CMYK preferred, high-resolution RGB acceptable);
    3. A short one-paragraph bio, digital photo and contact information for each author.

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Editorial Committee

Craig Findlay, Co-Editor
Findley Engr, Inc.
70 Old Field Road
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Phone: 207-846-1465
Fax: 207-846-3434

Mark Schultz, Co-Editor
CA DWR Divion of Safety of Dams
2200 X Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: 916-227-4619
Fax: 916-227-4500

Lyle Bentley
Chief, Dam Safety Program
Tennessee DE&C
6th Floor, L&C Tower
401 Church St.
Nashville, TN 37243-1539
Phone: 615-532-0154

John W. France
Senior Principal
URS Corporation
8181 East Tufts Avenue
Denver CO 80237
Phone: 303-740-3812
Fax: 303-694-3946

James W. Gallagher
Chief Water Res. Engr.
NH DES Dam Bureau
6 Hazen Drive
P.O. Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
Phone: 603-271-1961
Fax: 603-271-2982

Michele Lemieux
Dam Safety Program Manager
1424 9th Avenue
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601
Phone: 406-444-6613

Art Miller
Distinguished Professor-PSU
315 S. Allen Street, Suite 121
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-571-6112
Fax: 814-253-1495

Bill Sturtevant
Dam and Floodplain Section
GEF 2, WT/6
101 S. Webster
Madison, VI 53707-7921
Phone: 608-266-8033
Fax: 608-267-2800

James Weldon
Dam Safety Engineer
Denver Water Department
1600 West 12th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-628-6657
Fax: 303-628-6851

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