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Dam Safety 2023 | Association of State Dam Safety Officials

September 17 - 21, 2023

Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA
United States

We’re proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Dam Safety 2023 conference. See our presenters share case studies and insights on the latest research and techniques in the dam and levee industry.   

Stop by and visit Booth 207 to chat with our technical leaders and to learn more about our innovative practices. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Our Dam Safety 2023 Sessions


10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Session 1 – Decade Dam Failures Series Part 1  
100th Anniversary of the 1923 Apishapa Dam failure, Colorado: an analysis of an underappreciated embankment dam settlement/cracking case history and the local impacts of a lost resource  

  • Presenters: Lee Mauney and Keith Ferguson 

Italian Dam Failures – Important Lessons Learned from Failure of Gleno Dam (1923) and Overtopping of Vajant Dam (1963) 

  • Presenter: Bill Fiedler 


1:30-3 p.m. | Session 15 - Hydrologivariables 

Moderator: Chad Davis  

3:30-5 p.m. | Session 19 – DamFailures.org Updates
Shake, Quake, and Tremble – Seismic Events and their Impact on Dams (Recent Highlights from DamFailures.org) 

  • Presenter: Shane McWilliams 

3:30-5 p.m. | Session 23 – Project Delivery Options 
Partnering – More than meetings. A philosophy for successful construction projects. 

  • Presenter: Michael Genduso 


3:30-5 p.m. | Session 39 – Levee Design, Risk, and Permitting 

Moderator: Elena Sossenkina 

The Engineer-of-Record’s Role in Risk Informed Decision Making in Levee Design  

  • Presenters: Daniel Teak and Kimberly Lukas  

Risks and Approach of Private Infrastructure on Public Levee ROW 

  • Presenter: Vicki Twerdochlib 

Risk Informed Assessment to Support a Section 408 Authorization 

  • Presenters: Adam Hacker and Matthias Lindenbauer 


8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Workshop Full Day 
The Development of Dam Safety Technology and Governance Systems in Response to Major Dam Safety Incidents and Failures

  • Presenter: Keith Ferguson 

Poster Lightning Talks 
Closing the Gap: Combining numerical and analytical methods to predict gate closures  

  • Presenters: Adrian Strain and Brennan Smith 

HEC-RAS 2D Modeling of large Florida Everglades restoration project 

  • Presenter: Eduardo Colchado  

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