USSD 2020 Fall Workshop Series
Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring of Dams
4-Part Webinar Series
9:00 - 11:00 am MST over 4 days
Eligible for 8 PDHs
This Workshop will include presentations by panelists and instrumentation equipment displays/demonstrations, which all are intended to provide workshop participants with improved insight, understanding, and comfort with respect to instrumentation.
The Workshop series will consist of four sessions. The topics are 1) Planning an Instrumentation Program, 2) Installation of Dam Monitoring Instrumentation, 3) Threshold Values and Action Levels, and 4) Evaluation of Data. The presentations by the panelists will discuss both embankment and concrete dams with a focus on PFMA in defining monitoring programs, thresholds and action levels, and evaluation of data.
The panelists will consist of representatives from owners, regulators, vendors, and consultants who will provide their perspective with regard to dam safety and the four topics above. The workshop sessions will be organized to allow for both panelist presentations and ample discussion and questions between attendees and the panelists.
Fundamentally, the Workshop will seek to maximize the opportunities for educational discussions among the participants, presenters, and instrumentation equipment suppliers about real-world situations, and how they might best be addressed.
- Understand the purpose of a dam instrument monitoring program:
o Types of instruments and data collection alternatives
o Use of data as input for Potential Failure Modes Analysis (PFMA) and risk analysis
o Purpose of instrumentation with regard to construction monitoring, design verification, and general health monitoring
Encourage open discussions between panelists from across industry (i.e., owners, regulators, vendors, and consultants) and participants.
- Understand key considerations for installation of instrumentation, including best practices and common sources of error.
- Understand the role of thresholds and action levels and considerations to establish them.
- Understand key considerations in data evaluations and project performance.
Workshop will discuss best practices for planning, implementing, and managing a dam safety program. Panelists will provide a general overview of the role of instrumentation in project performance monitoring and discuss the factors that influence the accuracy, reliability, and use of dam instrumentation data. Novice to seasoned professionals will all benefit from the workshop. Engineers, dam owners, geologists, and technicians involved in dam safety should all attend.
Instructors & Moderators
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Georgette Hlepas, USACE
Brent Randall, Campbell Scientific
Bill Walker, USACE
Brandon Lanthier, Geosyntec
Josh Brown, Campbell Scientific
Pierre Choquet, RST Instruments
Rodolfo “Rudy” Saavedra, Durham Geo Slope Indicator
Will Brown, FERC
John Hynes, Stantec
Bruce Rogers, USACE
Registration and Cancellation Policy
No registration is confirmed until full payment is received. Seating is limited and only those with paid status are guaranteed a workshop seat. Cancellations must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive refunds as stated below:
- After 10/27/2020: no refund, however substitutions are permitted
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