Kansas Dam Safety Conference
Join us at the 2013 Dam Safety Conference Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Overland Park to learn more about the security and safety of dams and other water structures in Kansas.
Held for those interested in learning more about regulations, technical topics, and issues affecting water structures in the state, the conference will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Kansas University Edwards Campus in the new BEST Conference Center and Regnier Hall Auditorium, 12604 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kan.
Scheduled speakers include university researchers; licensed engineers; and federal, state, and local agency officials who will be presenting information on the following topics: Economics of Reservoir Sedimentation, Dam Investment and Green Power: Bowersock Rubber Dam Installation, South Lawrence Trafficway Embankment Fill and Wetland Stabilization, The Evolvement of Dam Theory and Practice, Risk-Informed Decisions: Corps of Engineers Dam Safety Program, Fracking and Dam Risk, Levee Inspections and Response to Missouri River Flood of 2011, Linked Dynamic Modeling for Flood Risk Analysis, Controlling Foundation Leakage in Dams, Erosion Control and Geosynthetics, Drought Effects on Ponds and Lakes, How Disaster Shapes Policy and Engineering in the Kansas River Basin, and more.
This year’s keynote speaker will be David Rogers, Ph.D., P.E, Department of Geological Sciences & Engineering at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. A geologic hazard and St. Francis dam scholar, Rogers has been the primary consultant and technical narrator for Discovery channel programs on dam disasters and will be examining Kansas geology, hydrology, and water resources history in his presentation.
An early registration fee of $45 per person is due by Feb. 1. Use this registration form that includes the conference schedule. After Feb. 1, the fee will be $55. Credit card payment is available by mailing to KDA this form. Certificates documenting professional development hours and continuing credit hours will be available to attendees.
The Dam Safety Program within the Division of Water Resources at the Kansas Department of Agriculture sponsors this conference. For additional information, contact Cindy Higgins at 785-296-0573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning in 2003, the Water Structures Program at the Division of Water Resources has hosted an annual conference to increase stakeholder knowledge of dam safety and state regulations. Research, case studies, state regulations, environmental impacts, emergency response, yearly legislative updates, DWR program news, and other presentations continue stakeholders’ knowledge about dams. See photo highlights from the 2012 conference here. The schedule included Slipline Considerations, Burning on Dams: Prescribed Fire, City Dam Maintenance, Dam Inspection Report Forms, and Dam Inspection as well as these short video segments: Historic Preservation on Reservoirs; Pond Sediment Maintenance; Vacuum Issues in Sliplining; High and Significant Hazard Dam Breach Modeling; Explaining Water Structures; and Dam Conduit Sliplining Vacuum Issues, Spacers, and Modeling.
Read about the 2011 conference in the Feb. 23 DWR Currents article, look at photographs, and check out highlights from selected presentations:
U.S. Corps of Engineering Permitting
Asian Carp: Aquatic Nuisance Specie Threat to Kansas
Soil Type and Compaction Factors Influence on Erosion Resistance
Detection of Structural Components and Seepage Zones Using Geophysics
Drought Intensities and Impacts
National Weather Service Role in Dam Emergency Events
Water and Kansas History
Emergency Watershed Protection Program
Also see past presentations from previous conferences.