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National Dam Safety Program Technical Seminar No. 22

Dam Breach Modeling and Consequence Assessment

The National Dam Safety Review Board – Work Group on Dam Safety Training is pleased to announce the Twenty-Second Annual National Dam Safety Program Technical Seminar, "Dam Breach Modeling and Consequence Assessment". The seminar will take place February 18-19, 2015, on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. An important NETC policy change for this year is the firm APPLICATION CUT-OFF DATE: January 7, 2015. No applications will be accepted after this date.

With a wide variety of equations, guidelines, assumptions, and software tools for dam breach modeling; how can dam safety engineers best apply these resources? Dam breach flow estimation and inundation mapping are ongoing areas of research and software development. However, dam safety engineers need to make decisions about dam hazard classification and develop inundation maps for Emergency Action Plans using prudent assumptions and best available data. Once inundation maps are developed, how can dam safety professionals, planners and others best utilize this information, to include potentially revising hazard classifications?

This seminar will examine these important topics in detail and provide attendees with a more comprehensive understanding of the background on:

  • dam breach assumptions
  • history of dam breach modeling and research
  • current research and software and their proper application

Experts in the fields of dam breach research and software development will present, as well as national dam safety specialists in the field of consequence estimation. Participants will gain vital knowledge in conducting dam breach modeling and consequence assessments, enabling more insightful dam safety decision making.

The seminar is intended for dam safety professionals, bringing together inspectors, designers, consultants, owners, contractors and regulators for two days of presentations and discussions. The seminar will conclude with an open discussion period. Take advantage of this FREE invaluable training and plan now to attend!

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