Inspection & Assessment of Dams

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Together Paul and Dean have offered this seminar 19 times in 17 states and it has been attended by more than 1,000 students. The seminar provides comprehensive instruction in inspection and evaluation techniques for dams. The principles, concepts and procedures taught will be readily adaptable to any organization conducting dam inspections and evaluating their compliance with current design standards. Participants learn about a variety of dam types and their appurtenances, the function of typical dam features, and common dam failure modes and the conditions that can led to these failure modes. Actual dam failure cases will be presented. Public safety, security, and liability will also be discussed along with approaches to responding to dam incidents. NEW for 2020 - The use of drones, special cameras, GIS and other new technology for use in performing dam inspections and assessments will be presented and demonstrated.


Learning objectives attendees will receive from this course:

  • Historical perspective of dam construction methods for various dam types
  • Common failure modes associated with various dam types
  • Understanding of standards for maintaining dams
  • Techniques for performing a comprehensive dam inspection
  • Awareness of emerging issues related to inspection and assessment of dams

Speaker and Presenter Information

Paul G. Schweiger, P.E.

Vice President
Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Paul is a Vice President of Gannett Fleming, Inc., and Manager of the firm’s Dams and Hydraulics Section headquartered in Pennsylvania. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. His technical specialties include conducting dam assessments, designing new dams, dam rehabilitation and dam decommissioning. Paul is an approved Independent Consultant and FERC facilitator for performing potential failure modes analysis exercises for dams, and regularly conducts training and technical seminars and webinars on a variety of dam engineering subjects. Paul served on the National Dam Safety Review Board and led the updating of the national FEMA Guidelines for Selecting and Accommodating Inflow Design Floods for Dams and the FEMA Lessons Learned from Dam Incidents and Failures research project and website. He serves as an expert hydrology and hydraulics engineer on Independent External Peer Review panels for United States Army Corps of Engineers dam and levee projects, and facilitates EAP exercises for dam owners. Paul is currently serving on the Board of Consultants for the Oroville Spillways Emergency Repair Project and the Gross Reservoir Raising Project.


Dean B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E.
Vice President
Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Dean has over 29 years of engineering experience as a geotechnical and dam safety engineer. He has been responsible for evaluation and design of new dams and for developing rehabilitation and modification designs for existing dams, including earth embankment, roller-compacted concrete, moveable crest, and lined rockfill dams for hydroelectric power generation, flood control, water supply, recreation, and tailings management. is FERC Approved for both Part 12D Independent Consultant and Risk Analysis Facilitator. Over the last 10 years has focused his professional career on the application of risk informed decision making (RIDM) process applied to dam safety services, both as a participant in and as a facilitator for potential failure modes analyses (PFMA), failure modes and effects analyses (FMEA), and risk analyses, both semi-quantitative (SQRA) and quantitative (QRA), for more than 50 dams. is a member USSD and currently serves Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors and on the Committee for Dam Safety. He is also a member of ASDSO and serves on the ASDSO Dam Safety Peer Review Committee and is an Instructor for ASDSO’s Dam Owner Training Program.


Relevant Government Agencies

Army, Dept of Energy, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of the Interior, Other Federal Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, FEMA, Federal Government, State & Local Government, Foreign Governments/Agencies

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Tue-Thu, Aug 4-6, 2020

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