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ICOLD National Committees of the Americas International Symposium on Safety of Dams

  • 26 Oct 2016
  • 8:15 AM
  • 28 Oct 2016
  • 1:30 PM
  • Mexico City, Mexico


  • Paid by all except exhibitors who register on or before 9/30/2016.
  • If you wish to purchase space to exhibit at this event you pay this fee for your 10' x 10' exhibit space.
  • If you are a sponsor of this event and also wish to be an exhibitor, you pay this fee.
  • If you are a moderator or presenter you pay this fee to register for the event.
  • Paid by all except exhibitors if you are registering after 9/30 and do not take advantage of the early registration discount.

Registration is closed

The Symposium Theme is Dam Safety in the Americas. Experts from throughout the Western Hemisphere will give presentations and lead discussions on the following topics, with an emphasis on experiences and challenges faced by various countries.
  • Dam Safety Regulation and Legislation
  • Overtopping Case Studies
  • Earth and Rockfill Dam Safety and Practice
  • Hydraulic and Hydrologic Design Criteria
  • Seismic Design Criteria
  • Risk-informed Dam Safety
Symposium Venue

The symposium will take place in historic Mexico City. Conference activities will take place in the Engineering Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Radisson Paraiso Hotel.

The symposium, exhibition, technical presentations will take place in the Engineering Institute Building in the UNAM Campus, which is minutes from the Radisson Paraiso Hotel Mexico City.

Shuttles will be provided between the conference hotel and the meeting/event facilities at the Engineering Institute.

The Engineering Building is equipped with a spacious conference facility and with private meeting rooms. Simultaneous translation will be offered to all participants in order to ensure the comprehension of the oral presentations. Coffee breaks and lunches will be served in this building.

Hotel Registration

The Radisson Paraiso Hotel is a stunning 5-star hotel, providing a stress-free stay with professional amenities and stylish accommodations. Conveniently located in the heart of Mexico City near the UNAM and the famous Six Flags Mexico, the Radisson hotel offers on-site productivity with WI-Fi access and a business center and makes it easy to experience the best of our country's vibrant culture. There is quick access to attractions like the Aztec ruins, the Anahuacalli Museum, Zona Rosa, the Sala Netzahualcoyotl Music Hall, the Carrillo Gil Art Museum and the Soumaya Museum. Just in front of the hotel, the Perisur Shopping Mall offers a variety of stores and amenities.

The rate for the INCA Symposium participants is US$60 single or double, plus taxes. A limited number of rooms are available at the prevailing conference rate. You are encouraged to make your reservations early; the room block rate is guaranteed only through August 31, or until the room block fills. Reservations after the room block fills, or after August 31, will be at the prevailing room rate, subject to availability.

Hotel Address:
Cuspide 53
Col. Parques del Pedregal
14010, Mexico City, Mexico 

To make hotel reservations, please send an email to:
Attention: Dennice Luna

Exhibition and Sponsorships

An Exhibition will be held for organizations wishing to showcase their products and services to a wide range of professionals involved in dams and water resources. Event sponsors will assign each exhibitor a space, see below for the floorplan of the exhibit space:

Event and product sponsorships throughout the symposium will offer additional marketing opportunities.

Companion Tours

Companion tours to visit the most wonderful sites in Mexico City will be scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. These tours include Archeological Sites, Colonial Sites, Folkloric Ballet and Handcraft Markets. They also include meals in very nice typical Mexican restaurants. Here's what we have in store for you - the cost of the tours is $130 for each day and you will need to register in advance by email to John Wolfhope at jsw@freese.com

Symposium Program  Download the full program here

Conference Co-Chairs: Humberto Marengo Mogollon, Mexico Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico President, ICOLD National Committees of the Americas

John S. Wolfhope, USA President, United States Society on Dams

Wednesday, 26 October

08:15-08:45 Inauguration

Luis Alvarez de Icaza, Engineering Institute.

Jose Luis Fernandez Sayas, General Director, INEEL.

Humberto Marengo, President, INCA

08:45-09:15 Keynote Address: Dam Safety in the Americas

Michael F. Rogers, ICOLD Vice-President, USA

09:15-13:15 Dam Safety Governance Moderator: Brian Becker, USA

09:15-09:35 ICOLD Committee on Dam Safety Overview

09:35-10:00 Canadian Regulatory Framework (Clare Raska, Canada)

10:00-10:25 Brazilian Regulatory Framework (Carlos Henrique Madeiros, Brazil) 

10:25-10:50 Break in Exhibit Hall

10:50-11:15 USA Regulatory Framework (Brian Becker, USA) 11:15-11:40 Dam Safety Guidelines (Fabio Micheli, Italy)

11:40-12:05 Paraguay Regulatory Framework (Mariano Abud, Luis Vellacich , Paraguay)

12:05-12:30 Argentina Regulatory Framework (Fabian Restelli, Argentina) 12:30-13:00 Final Remarks from Moderator/ Presenters

13:00-14:00 Lunch (at Engineering Institute Building)

14:00-17:45 Risk-Informed Dam Safety Moderator: George Kelley, USA

14:00-14:20 Introduction and Overview (George Kelley, USA)

14:20-14:45 The Past is Prolog - Historical Perspective of Dam Safety Risk Management Programs in the United States (Marty McCann, USA)

14:45-15:10 United States Perspective - Evolution of Risk Management (Doug Boyer, USA)

15:10-15:35 Brazilian Perspective – Risk Management - (Ricardo Aguiar Magalhães, Brazil)

15:35-16:00 Canadian Perspective - Risk Management in the Provinces (Stephen Rigbey, Canada)

16:00-16:25 Break in Exhibit Hall

16:25-16:50 Risk Management in The Dam Safety Industry (David Bowles, USA)

16:50-17:15 Dam Safety Program (Bulletin 158 of ICOLD), (Alejandro Puyol, Argentina) 17:15-17:40 Final Remarks from Moderator/Presenters.

18:00-19:00 Return to Radison Hotel

19:00-19:30 Return to UNAM with spouses.

19:30-21:30 Mexican Party dinner (at Engineering Institute Building).

Thursday, 27 October

08:00-08:25 Case Study: Monitoring and Behavior of Mazar Dam, in Ecuador (Francesco Amberg, Switzerland)

08:30-12:30 Hydraulic and Hydrologic Design Criteria Moderator: Brasil Machado, Brazil

08:30-09:00 Hydraulics for Dams in ICOLD (Brasil Machado, Brazil)

09:00-09:30 Flood Design Criteria for Large Dams (Alvaro Aldama, Mexico)

09:30-10:00 Unconventional Underground Spillways: Two cases of Operating Plants Ing. Lourenço Babá, Brazil)

10:00-10:30 Spillway Design (Blake Tullis, USA) 

10:30-11:00 Break in Exhibit Hall

11:00-11:30 Case Study: Mexico (Ramón Domínguez, Mexico)

11:30-12:00 Case Study: Ecuador HEP Cardenillo (Géraud Soubrier/Dr. Roland Schmidt, France)

12:00-12:30 Final Remarks from Moderator/Presenters

12:30-13:30 Lunch (At Engineering Institute Building)

13:30-17:20 Seismic Design Criteria Moderator: Juan Mayoral, Mexico

13:30-13:50 Seismic Design Criteria in ICOLD (Juan Mayoral, Mexico)

13:50-14:20 Case Studies in Seismic Assessments of Concrete Dams (Dan Curtis, Canada) 14:20-14:50 Embankment Design (Camilo Marulanda, Colombia)

14:50-15:20 Case Study: Dynamic Response of RCC Dams under Seismic Action (David Porras, INEEL, Mexico)

15:20-15:50 Case Study: A New Methodology for Risk Analysis (Eduardo Pérez Rocha, Mexico)

15:50-16:20 Break in Exhibit Hall

16:20-16:50 Case Study (To be determined)

16:50-17:20 Final Remarks from Moderator/Presenters

Friday, 28 October

8:00-10:05 Overtopping Case Studies

Moderator: Humberto Marengo, President, INCA

8:00-8:25 Recognition Raul J. Marsal (Luis Montañez, Jorge Castilla, México)

8:25-8:50 Case Study, Descriptive Memory of Accident at the Fundão Mariana Dam,

(Ricardo Aguiar Magalhães, Brazil)

8:50-9:15 Case Study, Dam Safety during construction, Lessons of the

Overtopping Diversion works at Aguamilpa Dam, (Humberto Marengo, Mexico).

9:15-9:40 Case Study, La Josefina Dam, Design Implications in the Dam Mazar, (Julio Robles and Roque Proaño, Ecuador)

9:40-10:05 Final Remarks from Moderator/Presenters

10:05-10:30 Break

10:30-13:00 Earth and Rockfill Dam Safety and Practice

Moderator: Manoel Sousa Freitas, Brazil

10:30-10:55 Reliability of Earth and Rockfill Dams (Gabriel Auvinet, Mexico)

10:55-11:20 Rockfill Dam Design Practice (Camilo Marulanda, Colombia)

11:20-11:45 Earthern Dam Design Practice (Manoel Sousa Freitas, Brazil)

11:45-12:10 Case Study: Stability Conditions of Necaxa Dams (Nicolás Melchor García, Mexico)

12:10-12:45 Recent Developments in Geotechnical Instrumentation and Dam Safety Monitoring, Pierre Choquet, Canada and Luis E. Chávez Ramirez, Mexico)

12:45-13:00 Final Remarks from Moderator/Presenters

13:00-13:30 Closing of Symposium 

Symposium Planning Committee
Humberto Marengo Mogollon: email: hmarengom@gmail.com
Federico Mas, email: federicomas@ymail.com
John S. Wolfhope, email: jsw@freese.com
Victor M. Vasquez, email: vmv@freese.com

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