Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) Downloadable Webinars

 

ASDSO Learning Center

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) Learning Center is a hub for digital learning opportunities (Live Webinars, On-Demand Webinars, and Downloadable Webinars) as well as other downloadable educational offerings.  See below for a list of Downloadable Webinars.

ASDSO Downloadable Webinars

To access the downloadable webinars, link to https://learningcenter.damsafety.org/downloadable-webinars

Advances in Geologic Data Collection and 3D Geologic Modeling for Site Characterization and Safety Studies for Dams and Levees:  This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the November 14, 2017 live webinar.  This course will address a variety of geologic issues in dam and levee design and safety engineering, with emphasis on the application of 3D geologic modeling and other technologies to enhance communication between the project geoscientists and the project engineers, regulators and other stakeholders.

Design of Siphon Systems:  This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the October 10, 2017 live webinar.  This webinar reviews the best applications for siphons at dams; design procedures and considerations; misconceptions regarding how they function; real-life examples in use; and the best methods to construct and operate a siphon. ​

Natural Resources Conservation Service Dam Design and Dam Safety Resources: Policy, Procedures, and Tools: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the August 8, 2017 live webinar.  This webinar will provide an overview of multiple dam design and dam safety resources available from the USDA of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 

How to Make Your Emergency Action Plan More Effective: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the July 11, 2017 live webinar.  This webinar will provide a brief overview of the evolution of emergency response and EAPs for dams and discuss key elements and formats for dam EAPs as well as some thoughts on the future of more effective and simplified EAP formats.

Introduction to Embankment Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the June 13, 2017 live webinar.  This webinar is intended as an overview of embankment dams, to serve as an introduction for those relatively new to dam safety and a refresher for the more experienced practitioner.

HEC-RAS 2D Modeling: This is DOWNLOADABLE version of the May 9, 2017 live webinar.  This webinar will provide an overview of the new HEC-RAS 2D tools and solution processes and the basic capabilities of the HEC-RAS 2D model.

Introduction to Nature-Like Fishways for Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the April 11, 2017 live webinar.  This course will introduce nature-like fishway types, design principles, applications, case examples, and associated benefits.

Underwater Installation of Geomembranes: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the March 14, 2017 live webinar.  The Webinar will discuss the testing and installations along with results of geomembrane systems installed underwater.

The Fontenelle Dam Incident 1965: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the February 14, 2017 live webinar.  Day-by-day visual account of the Fontenelle Dam Incident.  Attendees will learn about incident response techniques, incident monitoring, marshaling of equipment/materials, dealing with the press, dam/abutment interface, need for proper foundation treatment, seepage erosion, sinkhole development, seepage control, and investigative techniques.

Risk Assessment for Levee Projects: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the January 10, 2017 live webinar.  This webinar will look at how the USACE is integrating traditional probabilistic levee fragility assessments, as described in ETL 1110-2-556 (Risk-Based Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering for Support of Planning Studies, 1999), with event-tree based system-response / fragility curve development process described in the joint USBR/USACE Best Practices in Dam and Levee Risk Analysis (2015) to evaluate levee system risk and risk reduction alternatives.

Introduction to Dam Decommissioning: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the December 13, 2016 live webinar.  The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of recent trends in dam decommissioning in the United States with an emphasis on the engineering and design aspects of dam decommissioning.

Intro to Tailings Dam and Coal Ash Impoundment Design, Construction and Monitoring: What Can Go Wrong and Right?: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the November 8, 2016 live webinar.  This course provides an overview of the unique construction and design components of these facilities.  This course will examine a number of recent failures that have plagued the industry but provide valuable lessons for the future.

Hydrologic Hazards – Estimating Probabilities of Extreme Floods: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the October 11, 2016 live webinar.  This webinar provides an overview and background on current data and methods used in estimating hydrologic hazard curves for dam and levee safety.

3-D Effects on Estimation of Gradients, Seepage Flows and Evaluation of Internal Erosion Potential Failure Modes: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the July 12, 2016 live webinar.  This webinar will present the results of 2D and 3D numerical evaluations of seepage conditions around a developing piping defect.

Cracking and Hydraulic Fracturing in Embankment Dams and Levees: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the June 14, 2016 live webinar.  This course will present some of the common conditions that can lead to adverse geostatic stress conditions, cracking, and hydraulic fracturing in embankments.

Strength Selection for Static Slope Stability Analysis: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the May 10, 2016 live webinar.  This webinar will provide practical guidance on the selection of soil shear strength parameters for static slope stability analysis.

Spillway Conduits – More than Just a Pipe through the Dam: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the April 12, 2016 live webinar.  This short course will present general design and construction related issues that dam engineers and owners should be aware of when considering a low-level conduit in their earthen embankment structure.  Seepage control, structural integrity, and material life expectancy will be discussed. 

Foundation Cutoff Walls for Dams and Levees: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the March 8, 2016 live webinar.  This webinar reviews the different methods used to create foundation cutoff walls by methods other than grouting alone. 

Dam Safety with 3D Weirs: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the February 9, 2016 live webinar.  Inadequate spillway capacity, significant hydrologic loadings on embankments and structures, and operation and maintenance are common dam safety issues, instigating the need for risk-reduction measures and/or rehabilitation.

Intro to the Application of 2D Hydraulic Modeling for Dam and Levee Safety: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the January 12, 2016 live webinar.  This webinar will provide a background on 2D hydraulic modeling theory, identify steps to set up a 2D model, describe important specifications for 2D models, and summarize features available in 2D models.

Seepage Rehabilitation for Embankment Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the December 8, 2015 live webinar.  This webinar will review the current state of the practice for rehabilitation of embankment dams to address seepage issues.

Human Factors in Dam Failure and Safety: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the November 10, 2015 live webinar.  This webinar will provide a framework for engineers, contractors, owners, regulators, inspectors, maintenance staff, and others involved with dams to systematically think about the human factors which contribute to dam failure and safety.

Rainfall and Dam Safety-From PMP to the 100-Year Storm: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the October 13, 2015 live webinar.  The intent of this webinar is to provide non-meteorologist, hydrologist, engineers, and others involved in dam safety and design an understanding on the background of storm analysis, how they are used in PMP development, and how those data are used for precipitation frequency analysis. 

Dam Construction Quality Control – Dos, Don’ts, and Lessons Learned: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the August 11, 2015 live webinar.  Participants of this webinar will gain greater knowledge of acceptable construction practices, understand the consequences of out of spec work, and better understand how to evaluate the inspect critical work tasks during dam construction.

Understanding and Managing Plant & Animal Intrusions in Embankment Dams and Levees: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the July 14, 2015 live webinar.  This webinar will cover both plant and animal intrusions in embankment dams.

Waterproofing Systems for Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the June 9, 2015 live webinar.  This webinar gives an overview of the 2010 ICOLD Bulletin 135 “ Geomembrane Sealing Systems for Dams” focusing on the evolving technology of exposed geomembrane sealing systems.

Event Tree Principles and Applications for Dam Safety Risk Assessment: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the May 11, 2015 live webinar.  This webinar will summarize the principles of event trees and their application in dam safety risk assessment.

Seismic Stability Evaluation of Earth Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the April 7, 2015 live webinar.  This webinar will cover the fundamentals of these topics to provide design engineers and dam safety officials with basic knowledge to help in the analysis and review of seismic analyses of earth dams.

Designing Slope Protection for Dams and Levees: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the March 10, 2015 live webinar.  Slopes on the upstream side of dams are subject to wind-generated waves.  This webinar will describe how winds produce waves in reservoirs and other enclosed bodies of water.

Introduction to Hydrologic Modeling Using Geospatial Information: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the February 10, 2015 live webinar.  This webinar will provide an introduction to the application of geospatial information to hydrologic analysis.

Introduction to Public Safety Risk Evaluation and Treatment for Dams and Levees: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the January 13, 2015 live webinar.  This webinar is designed to provide dam and levee owners, and their specialist consultants, an introduction to a comprehensive program to assess and reduce public safety risk around dams, levees and powerhouses.

Earthquake Hazards, Ground Motions and Dynamic Response: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the December 9, 2014 live webinar.  This webinar will discuss the physics and geology of the earthquake process and the methods used to identify seismic hazards in the field such as identifying geologic indicators of past earthquakes.

Rehabilitation of Concrete Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the November 12, 2014 live webinar.  This webinar is the third and final course in the series on Concrete Gravity Dams.  This webinar will start with a brief recap of these first two webinars and then present successful methods for improving the structural stability of existing concrete gravity dams.

Foundation Preparation and Treatment for Dam Construction: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the October 14, 2014 live webinar.  This webinar will address a wide range of foundation preparation and treatment methods applicable to construction of new dams, rehabilitation of existing dams, and enlargement of existing dams.

Seepage Monitoring and Analysis of Embankment Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the February 14, 2017 live webinar.  This course will provide a background on collection methods including layout, access, and sediment collection techniques for toe drains and maintenance concerns associated with relief wells.

Stepped Chute Spillway Design for Embankment Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the July 8, 2014 live webinar.  This webinar provides an overview on stepped chute research conducted at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit in Stillwater, OK.

Developing Operations and Maintenance Manuals for Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the May 13, 2014 live webinar.  This webinar will provide participants with information on the importance of preparing operations and maintenance (O&M) manuals for dams.

Quality Assurance and Field Inspection for Dam Construction Projects: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the March 11, 2014 live webinar.  This webinar presents an introduction to the construction inspection/quality assurance process employed for new dam and dam rehabilitation projects to ensure that they are constructed as designed and to verify that the contractor complies with the terms and conditions of the contract.

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Situation: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the February 11, 2014 live webinar.  This webinar will highlight best practices in the art of communication and presentation skills.

Internal Drainage Systems for Embankment Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the December 1, 2013 live webinar.  This webinar covers the use of sand and gravel filter/drainage systems in embankment dams to protect against excessive seepage pressures, internal erosion in cracks or other anomalies, and piping.

Identifying Hazards and Improving Public Safety at Low Head Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the November 12, 2013 live webinar.  This webinar will provide participants with an understanding of the hidden dangers at low head dams and effective strategies for improving public safety.

Stability Evaluations of Concrete Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the October 8, 2013 live webinar.  The purpose of this webinar is to familiarize practitioners with the current state-of-the-practice in evaluating the stability of concrete dams.

Hydraulic Design of Labyrinth Weirs: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the August 20, 2013 live webinar.  This webinar presents the application of the resulting design methodology, information, and guidance used to develop effective labyrinth spillway designs.

Introduction to Inspecting Dam for Owners and Operators: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the July 18, 2013 live webinar.  This seminar provides an introduction to inspecting and evaluating dams.

Terminal Structures and Energy Dissipation at Outlet Works and Spillways: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the July 9, 2013 live webinar.  This webinar will provide an introduction to the problem of why energy dissipation is necessary, a review of structure types and their applications, and more.

Using Instrumentation for Dam Safety Monitoring: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the June 11, 2013 webinar.  The objectives of this course are to provide the participants with a general understanding of 1) how instrumentation and data collection/management tools can be used to improve a dam safety monitoring program, 2) the tools that are currently available and how to apply them, 3) how to use a system design approach to successfully implement a monitoring system, and 4) guidance for installing, operating, and maintaining a monitoring system.

Loss of Life Consequence Assessment for Dam Failure Scenarios: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the May 14, 2013 live webinar.  This webinar is discusses loss of live from dam failures.

Tolerable Risk Guidelines for Dams: How Safe is Safe Enough: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the April 9, 2013 live webinar.  This webinar will provide both examples of practical applications of USACE and Reclamation tolerable risk guidelines and a summary of the principles that underlie the basis for tolerable risk guidelines.

RCC Applications in Dam Engineering – What We Have Learned and What is New: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the March 12, 2013 live webinar.  This webinar will focus on the many applications of RCC in dam engineering, including RCC dams, RCC overtopping protection, and RCC use in cofferdams.

Legal Responsibilities of Dam Owners, Operators, and Regulators: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the February 12, 2013 live webinar.  This webinar will address the legal responsibilities of owning a dam.

Evaluation of Seepage Related Potential Failure Modes (PFM’s) in Embankments with Emphasis on Outlet Penetrations: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the January 15, 2013 live webinar.  In this webinar, a framework will be presented for identifying, investigating, analyzing, and evaluating potential failure modes around outlet penetrations. 

Introduction to Earth Spillway Design and Evaluation: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the November 13, 2012 live webinar.  This webinar provides an introductory discussion of the processes governing earth and vegetated earth spillway design and performance.

Introduction to Grouting for Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the October 9, 2012 live webinar.  This webinar is intended to provide an introduction to dam foundation grouting for dam regulators, owners, and consultants. 

Introduction to Physical Modeling of Spillways for Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the August 14, 2012 live webinar.  This webinar will cover the following topics: The “how” and “why” of physical modeling; model similitude; physical modeling measurements; model validation; the downside to physical modeling; and specific benefits of physical modeling.

Introduction to Concrete Gravity Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the July 10, 2012 live webinar.  Select noteworthy gravity dam failures will be presented as well with an emphasis on lessons learned from these failures.

Emergency Action Plan Basics: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the June 5, 2012 live webinar.​  This webinar is intended to provide an introduction to emergency action plans (EAPs) for dam safety emergency planners, dam owners, dam regulators, and consultants. 

Hydraulics 201 for Dam Safety: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the May 15, 2012 live webinar.  This is a continuation of Hydraulics 101.  The webinar will stress the fundamental of hydraulics as applied to dam safety.

PMP and the History of HMRs: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the April 10, 2012 live webinar.  This webinar will discuss the definition of PMP and how theoretical values for PMP are determined, differences between generalized and site-specific PMP will be discussed, and more.

Hydrology 201 for Dam Safety: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the March 13, 2012 live webinar.  This webinar is the continuation of Hydrology 101 and will cover a short overview of HEC-HMS, time of concentration and lag time, and more.

Field Investigations for New and Existing Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the February 14, 2012 live webinar.  The purpose of the webinar is to provide an overview of the process required to developing field investigation programs for design of new dams or rehabilitation of existing dams. 

Structural Condition Assessment of Dam Facilities with Non-Destructive Evaluation Methods: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the January 10, 2012 live webinar.  The webinar will discuss the basics of various non-destructive evaluation (NDE) methods and their applications for investigating dam, spillway and conduit conditions such as freeze-thaw cracking, void,

Risk Management for a Portfolio of Dams: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the December 13, 2011 live webinar.  This webinar will explain how risk assessment is being used by some owners and regulators to improve the management of dam safety for a portfolio of dams in the context of the owner’s business.

Risk Assessment Basics for an Individual Dam: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the October 11, 2011 live webinar.  This webinar will provide an explanation of the steps involved in performing a risk assessment for an individual dam and how the resulting insights and risk estimates can improve decision making.  Examples will be provided for evaluating an existing dam and for selecting between risk-reduction alternatives. 

Roller Compacted Concrete– Design and Construction of Water Control Structures: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the August 9, 2011 live webinar.  This webinar will provide a general overview of the development of RCC and how this material is being used in dams and spillways.

Filter Design History and a One-Step Design Process: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the June 4, 2011 live webinar.  The Webinar consists of two basic parts: • A history of filter design practice including theoretical design considerations • A step-by-step design process with criterion for the design of a critical filter for one example soil type. 

Hydraulics 101: Intro to Hydraulics for Dam Safety: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the May 5, 2011 live webinar.  This webinar covers the fundamentals of hydraulics and their application to dam safety.

Hydrology 101 for Dam Safety: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the February 15, 2011 live webinar.  The webinar stresses the fundamentals of hydrology and is an introduction to the Hydrologic Processes

Empirical Estimates of Permeability for Earth Dam Projects: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the December 14, 2010 live webinar.  This Webinar provides a thorough discussion of the range of permeability likely in natural and recompacted embankment soils.

Pitfalls in Quality Control Processes for Compacted Earth Fill: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the November 16, 2010 live webinar.  This webinar provides guidance on common pitfalls in the quality control process.

Guidelines for Assigning Erodibility Parameters to Soil Horizons for SITES analyses: This is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the October 12, 2010 live webinar.  The training in the Webinar is confined to guidance related to the selection of the two erodibility factors for soil.

 

 

 

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