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Lessons Learned from Recent Tailings Dam Failures: A Path Forward

  • 14 Sep 2017
  • 8:00 AM
  • 15 Sep 2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • San Antonio, TX


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Lessons Learned from Recent Tailings Dam Failures: A Path Forward

The USSD Committee on Tailings Dams is organizing this Workshop, held in conjunction with the ASDSO national conference, Dam Safety 2017. While ASDSO attendees are encouraged to attend this Workshop, separate registration is required.

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Workshop Description

Recent tailings storage dam and coal combustion residual impoundment failures have cast a negative light on the mining and power generation industries in the U.S. and around the world. Proper design, operation and regulation of these waste facilities is vital to maintain the public safety of the communities they are located in. Understanding the causes of these recent failures and examining lessons learned from previous historic failures is crucial to adequately respond to public safety and environmental impact concerns.

This two-day workshop will include presentations by experts as well as breakout groups and discussion. Day 1 will provide insight on the Kingston, Mt. Polley and Samarco failures from a technical standpoint, as well as reactions and follow-up measures being implemented by dam safety officials, owners, engineers and other stakeholders.

Day 2 will bring together a diverse group of consultants, owners, dam safety and mine safety officials, regulators and other non-government agencies to discuss changes being implemented in Canada and elsewhere, and proposed changes which should be implemented in the U.S. Breakout groups will be formed to discuss design changes and regulatory changes which should be considered in response to the failures. New guidelines, such as alternative tailings disposal technologies, minimum slopes and other prescriptive regulations, FMEA and other risk-based design approaches and critical controls and governance systems, will be discussed during interactive facilitated sessions.


Sponsorships provide an excellent opportunity to promote your company during the Workshop, while supporting the USSD mission.  The sponsorship fee is $400 and includes:

  • Company name and logo on all marketing materials and communications
  • Link to your website from this event web page
  • Logo on sponsor signs and powerpoint slides during Workshop
  • Recognition during event functions
  • Pre- and post-event attendee lists with contact information
  • Table space to display company brochures and handouts during Workshop (if not an exhibitor)

There are two ways to reserve your sponsorship:
1. Select the sponsorship option at the end of the registration form. You may use this option when you register, or if already registered, contact USSD and we will add it. 

2.  Select the Sponsor registration category to the left.  Use this option if you do not plan to register for the meeting (note: this option requires a different email address from a registered participant).

Venue and Hotel Reservations

The Workshop will take place at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Conference Center. The JW Marriott is also the venue for the ASDSO national conference, Dam Safety 2017.

NOTICE: The guestroom block at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country hotel has filled. USSD has blocked rooms at the nearby Candlewood Suites, 21103 Encino Commons Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78259 (about 5 miles from the J.W. Marriott.). The special group rate is $96 for a queen bed; $106 for two double beds.

Click here to make your reservation. Or, you may call  210-545-2477 and mention the U.S. Society on Dams. The cutoff date is September 7, or until the room block fills, whichever is first. The hotel suggests that best transportation options are rental cars or Uber, for transportation to and from the airport, or to and from the J.W. Marriott.

For other options, please refer to this list of alternative hotels in the general area. These hotels are located 5-9 miles, or about a 10-15 minute drive from the JW Marriott. For information about lodging in the Downtown San Antonio area (about a 25 minute drive from the conference venue) please see the San Antonio convention and visitor's website.


All Workshop participants and speakers, including those who will be attending the ASDSO national conference, must register via this website.

The registration fee includes all Workshop presentations, four refreshment breaks and handout materials.

CEUs and Professional Development Hours

Colorado State University, Division of Continuing Education, will grant CEUs after successful completion of the Workshop.The cost is $50.  PDH certificates will also be issued during the Conference (no charge).

More Information

For questions about the technical program, contact Amanda Adams, amanda.adams@stantec.com,
303-382-4938.  For questions about registration, contact Lorna Jamieson, lorna@ussdams.org, 303-628-5430, ext. 2.

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