Basic Hydraulics for Dam Safety

Denver, Colorado
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Basic Hydraulics for Dam Safety
Thursday, March 23, 2017 8:30 AM -
Friday, March 24, 2017 5:00 PM (Mountain Time)

Leonard Rice Engineering Training Facility
(303) 455-9589
1221 Auraria Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204
United States

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General registration fee for this two-day class is $750.00.  
        Early registration fee of $675.00 is available unit February 24, 2017
Discounted CASFM-RMAPWA member fee is $675.00
        Early registration fee of $625.00 is available unit March 6, 2017
        These rates are available to CASFM & RM-APWA members only.
This low general registration fee and the discounted CASFM-RMAPWA fee is 
available because of sponsorship by the Urban Drainage & Flood Control District.

CEU’s: You will be eligible to receive 1.5 CEU’s or 15 PDH’s for this course. 
               You will receive 12 ASFPM Core CEC’s toward CFM certification. 

What Will You Learn?

You will learn how to perform major hydraulic analyses required for dam safety, including the adequacy of flood flow conveyance/control structures and the safeguard of toe of dam.  Among others, facilities that will be addressed include spillways, outlet works, conduits, energy dissipaters, etc. This two-day workshop will focus on the hydraulic analysis and on design principles for hydraulic safety of impounding structures, namely dams.  

The class consists of lectures followed by work sessions.  You will learn the current state-of-art and state-of-practice in this field, something that every engineer who designs water impoundments for whatever uses (water storage, flood control, urban stormwater runoff detention, etc.) needs to know.  The class exercises will work step-by-step through each key element of hydraulic design or evaluation of the components of the dam.  

Due to the two-day format of this class the workshop will focus on the concepts, principles and theories of basic hydraulics, and hydraulic analyses as they relate to dam safety.  Workshops will provide for a wide spectrum of emphases, including but not limited to the following subjects: 
• Dam features affected by hydraulic forces 
• Methods of investigation and analysis of hydraulic conditions 
• Hydraulics of conveyance and control structures
• Hydraulics of energy dissipaters
• Remedial measures for hydrologically inadequate dams
• Remedial measures for repairing damages caused by hydraulic forces

 The workshop hands on exercises will include hydraulic analyses for designs or evaluations of spillways and energy dissipaters. This class/workshop is designed for engineers, technicians, and maintenance personnel who are responsible for the design and/or safety of dams.

Dr. S. Samuel Lin, PhD, P.E., D.WRE has been a Federal and State dam safety regulator for 27 years. He also worked in a consulting practice as water resources engineer specializing in planning and design of dams in the aspects of hydrology and hydraulics (H&H).  He currently specializes in the H&H safety and relevant risk analyses of dams.  He was a steering committee member for FEMA’s guidelines on Selecting and Accommodating IDF for Dams and NRC’s PFHA Workshop of 2013.  He also teaches Applied Hydrology and is the recipient of the Leadership Recognition and Certificate of Appreciation for chairing of the US federal inter-agency Subcommittee on Hydrology for 2005-2007.

Dr. Hui-Ming “Max” Shih, PhD, P.E., CFM serves as a technical lead and project manager for dam/reservoir H&H, surface water, and sediment transport projects in the AECOM Denver office. He has more than 16 years of experience in H&H and has completed many dam and reservoir projects. Dr. Shih’s dam project experiences include dam inspections, designs of outlet work, spillway and energy dissipater, and hazard classification assessments, dam breach analyses and Emergency Action Plans, Incremental Damage Assessments and Inflow Design Flood estimates.  The accomplished projects were performed for FERC, Office of State Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, NRCS, Army Corps of Engineers, State Fish and Game Departments, local city and county governments and private clients, such as mining companies, energy and power companies, subdivision owners and special districts. Dr. Shih will share his years of experiences and go through practical hydraulic analysis exercises in the class.

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The size of the classroom will be limited to approximately 24 students.  To assure a space for yourself we suggest registering early by clicking on the "Register Now" button above.

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