Calero Dam, Santa Clara, California

2019 U.S. Society on Dams (USSD) Conference and Exhibition

April 8 - 11, 2019

Hilton Chicago Hotel
Chicago, IL
United States

We are excited to continue supporting the United States Society on Dams as a Gold Sponsor. Our dams and levees experts will be attending and presenting at the 2019 USSD conference — the leading event in advancing the role of dam and levee systems and building the community of practice.

We hope to see you at any of our technical sessions where you can meet our professionals and learn about the latest in dams and levees, and their value in our society.

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Our USSD Conference Presentations

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

TRACK 1 | 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 

1D: Dam Safety I

How to Make a Business Case to Justify Dam Safety Improvements? 

  • Presenter: Ali Reza Firoozfar
  • Room: Salon A3

Decision Making in Dam Engineering

  • Presenters: Daniel Osmun and William Fiedler
  • Room: Salon A3

TRACK 2 - 1:30–3:30 p.m.

2C: Conference Theme I Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A Second Chance for a Flooded City

  • Presenters: Matthew Redington and Michael Butterfield
  • Room: Salon A1

2D: H&H (Hydraulics) | Flow Modeling of a Steep, Curved Spillway Chute

  • Presenters: Abbas Dorostkar
  • Room: Salon A3

2E: Construction (Rehabilitation) | Upgrades for a Second Century at Duke Energy’s Bridgewater Hydroelectric Project

  • Presenters: Brian Reinicker, Brian Chrisman, and David Gerlach
  • Room: Salon A5

POSTER SESSION - 3:30–6 p.m.

A Study on Seismic Effects of Gate-Wall Interaction on Spillway Gates in an Existing Spillway

  • Presenter: Anurag Singhal

Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis of Levee through Seepage Considering End-Around Effects

  • Presenter: Mark Stanley

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

PLENARY SESSION II - 8:30–10:15 a.m.

USSD Historical Milestones

  • Presenter: Keith Ferguson
  • Grand Ballroom - 2nd Floor

TRACK 5 - 4–6 p.m. 

5A: Levees | Improving Levee Resiliency - Mitigating Failure Modes to Avoid Disasters in Great Britain and the United States

  • Presenter: Robert Beduhn
  • Room: Salon A2

5C: Dam Safety III |  Information to Inform Design of Dams and Levees

  • Presenter: Elena Sossenkina
  • Room: Salon A1

Thursday, April 11, 2019 

WORKSHOP - 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Threshold and Action Levels 

  • Presenter: Erwin Supranata

WORKSHOP - 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Flood Consequence Estimation with HEC-LifeSim

  • Presenter: Paul Risher