Seepage Through Earth Dams




06/18/2024 - 06/21/2024


This introductory course is designed to be a participatory, interactive workshop, which will cover the basic elements required to understand and evaluate seepage-related issues for earth dams. The course begins with providing an understanding of why seepage mechanisms in earth dams are important to dam safety. Information on seepage mechanics, including permeability and erodibility will then be presented. The presentations will then progress to focus on the principles and characteristics of seepage related to embankment dams, various modes of seepage, and computational methods for evaluating seepage. The second day will focus on methods of investigating, controlling, and remediating dam seepage. Discussions on various case studies will also be presented. Hands-on exercises will represent real-world, practical applications pertinent to the attendees. The final half day will include a hands-on, introductory session of the SEEP/W computer program to demonstrate computational analysis of hypothetical seepage scenarios for an embankment dam.

Learning objectives attendees will receive from this course:

  • Why understanding seepage mechanisms in earth dams is important to dam safety.
  • Principles and characteristics of seepage related to embankment dams, including review of potential seepage-related failure modes and their common initiators or triggers.  
  • Computational methods for evaluating seepage.
  • Understanding theory, application, and design of filters.
  • Methods of investigating, monitoring, controlling, and remediating seepage problems in existing dams using case histories and hands-on exercises to enforce understanding of practical applications.

View the full seminar agenda!

Registration Rates:

  • Member Rate: $975 
  • Non-Member Rate: $1,075

Cancellation Policy:

  • All cancellations are subject to a $75 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations must be received by May 31, 2024. Cancellations made after May 31, 2024, will not receive a refund. 

PDHs Available:

  • 19 PDHs are available for the completion of the course. NY licensed engineers will receive 19 PDHs for the completion of this course.

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