Dam Safety 2019: Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed! Anyone who submitted an abstract for Dam Safety 2019 will be contact in April with regards to their abstracts status. 

Suggested Topics

  • Failures, Incidents, and Investigations
  • Hydrology & Hydraulics
  • Geotechnical or Structural Issues
  • Emergency Preparedness/Emergency Response
  • Design & Construction
  • Inspections
  • Use of New Technology
  • Removal, Decommissioning, and Environmental Issues
  • Regulatory Programs
  • Dam Owner Issues
  • Rehabilitation Case Studies & Lessons Learned
  • Risk Assessment/Risk Analysis
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • Tailings Dams
  • Risk Informed Decision-Making
  • Site Security
  • Public Safety at Dams

About the Dam Safety 2019 Educational Program

ASDSO’s national conference is well known throughout the U.S. and internationally as a resource for practical information on the day-to-day activities of those working to keep dams safe. The primary focus of the conference is the effective application of knowledge and technology to real-life problems faced by dam and levee safety professionals.

The Dam Safety 2019 conference offers a variety of information-sharing opportunities. Those who submit abstracts may be selected for any of the following presentation formats:

  • Traditional agenda presentations – Typically 30 minutes in length (20-25 minutes of presentation and 5-10 minutes for questions).
  • Grab-N-Go Info Sessions – Each speaker will have ten to fifteen minutes to illuminate the audience. Be creative and deliver your message succinctly. Q & A will be limited.
  • Specialty Sessions or Workshops – Ninety-minute sessions or half to full day workshops with multiple presenters on a focused dam or levee safety topic.
  • Poster Forum / Lightning Talk – Each accepted presenter prepares a visual representation of his or her topic for the poster forum, which is open during all exhibit hours. Poster presenters also participate in a Lightning Talks event, in which they highlight the topic’s most interesting points in a 3-minute talk.

You will have the opportunity to suggest which type(s) of presentation would most suit your topic. The selection committee will consider preferences, but will assign topics to session formats based on the overall scope and length of the conference program.


All selected presenters, regardless of presentation type, are invited to submit a technical paper to be published in the conference proceedings. This allows presenters to expand upon topics and include detailed information that does not fit into an agenda or poster presentation.

NEW this year: Although presenters are not required to submit a written paper for publication, we frequently hear from conference attendees who want to either learn more about the presentation topics or need to share the valuable information with co-workers who were unable to attend. If you are willing to provide either a written paper and/or a .pdf copy of your presentation slides, we would be pleased to collect your file(s) and make them available to registered conference attendees. Please indicate your interest in participating, and ASDSO will provide a timeline and submittal instructions.

Student Paper and Poster Competitions

ASDSO invites students in a variety of fields to enter the Dam Safety 2019 Student Paper Competition. Learn more now

Judging Procedures and Deadlines

All abstracts must be submitted on-line by Sunday, February 10.

The Conference Program Committee will review all abstracts submitted by the deadline and will make selections for the conference agenda.

Proposals constituting sales pitches for products or services will not be considered.

Selections will be announced in mid-April. 

If you are selected and intend to publish a paper in the proceedings, your draft paper must be submitted for peer review by June 7, 2019. You will receive comments from the paper’s reviewer, and the final paper will be due by late July. Papers will be published and distributed in digital format prior to the conference.

Submitting final papers constitutes agreement that the author(s) will register for the conference at the appropriate fee, attend the conference and present the paper in person. Complete instructions for speaker and paper preparation will be provided upon notification of a paper’s acceptance.

How to Submit an Abstract

Please see the Presenter’s Toolbox page of this site to review:

  • Tips for Writing a Good Abstract
  • Recommendations for Dam Safety 2019 Abstracts

Submit your abstract and all required information to the Precis abstract collection site. ASDSO speakers who have already created accounts on this site (i.e. for a previous ASDSO paper submittal) can use the same login and password as before. Note: this is NOT the same login as for the ASDSO website Portal. 

The submitting/primary author will receive an e-mailed acknowledgment of the receipt of the abstract. Primary authors: Please notify your co-authors when the ASDSO acknowledgment is received.

Volunteer to be a Session Moderator

Session moderators are very important to the overall success of the conference. ASDSO is seeking moderators willing to dedicate the time and effort necessary for the development, as well as the delivery of their assigned session. Expertise in specific topic areas will be considered when moderators are selected.

Responsibilities include:

  • Technical/Peer review of the papers to be presented in your session. You must be available during the review period from June 7 to June 28, 2019.
  • Communicate with the authors on a regular basis leading up to the conference to assure that development of the presentations is progressing. Assist with answering questions as needed regarding the session or the conference.
  • Coordinate the logistics of the session, including the sharing of a host laptop computer between presenters.
  • Meet with your session speakers at least one day prior to the scheduled session.
  • Moderate the session, including introducing each speaker and facilitating the Q & A period. Complete the moderator critique form and return to the registration desk.

To volunteer, please send an email to ASDSO and include your full contact info, and indicate the subject area that best matches your interest and expertise.

  1. Geotechnical / Structures
  2. Hydrology and Hydraulics / Erosion of Materials or
  3. Other Dam Safety and Levee Safety Topics

Moderator assignments will be announced in mid-April.

Special thanks to our sustaining members