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U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour
June 6 - June 12
In most countries throughout the world, interest in the safety of dams has risen significantly in recent years. Aging dams, new hydrologic information, and population growth in floodplain areas downstream from dams has resulted in an increased emphasis on dam safety evaluation as well as operation and maintenance related to the safety of dams. Those responsible for the safety of existing dams must implement policies and procedures that warrant public confidence. This demands
professional practices that incorporate the lessons of the past and conform to the most advanced technical state-of-the-art. The need for trained personnel is essential. This seminar will provide professional personnel with a comprehensive guide
to establishing or enhancing a visual inspection/evaluation program and increase the technical capabilities of those responsible for safety evaluations.
Bureau of Reclamation officials will provide training for the seminar. Reclamation is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and structural safety of more than 400 dams and distribution systems. Reclamation has conducted similar seminars for its own staff, as well as for more than 6,000 technical and administrative officials from other domestic and international agencies.
Who Should Attend?
The seminar is designed for managers, administrators, engineers, and geologists responsible for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and safety of dams. Policymakers and planners, as well as those with technical responsibilities, may also benefit from the seminar. All presentations, discussions, and printed materials will be in the English language. Participants should have a good command of general and technical English usage.
Study Tour Agenda
June 11 – Rocky Mountain National Park
June 12 – Travel to Colorado Springs, CO, Overnight
June 13 – Abbreviated Simulated Dam Examination at Pueblo Dam, Travel to Alamosa, Colorado, Overnight
June 14 – Site Visits to El Vado Dam and Navajo Dam, Travel to Page, Arizona, Overnight
June 15 – Site Visit Glen Canyon Dam, Travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, Overnight
June 16 – VIP Tour of Hoover Dam, Close-out Luncheon