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8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: B115-116

With many new fish-friendly and environmental accommodations being placed in and around dams, it can often lead to dam safety fiascos.  New overhead pipes, punching holes in dams for fish ladders, and new infrastructure often do not account for dam safety implications. The audience will have the opportunity to learn (read more...)

Moderator
Ryan Berg
Regional Manager
Hatch
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: B115-116
While a proper succession plan is a challenge in most industries, hydro as a more traditional/conventional industry faces a bigger challenge, particularly as we enter the technology age. Even with proper planning, a potential gap remains as the new workforce works “differently” – being more technology-driven. The new generation finds (read more...)
Moderator
Vinod Batta
Vice President, Engineering
SNC-Lavalin Inc
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: B115-116
Any construction project will have “challenges.” Some are man-made and some are nature-made, and both are guaranteed to occur. How they are dealt with will require collaboration between the owner, the engineer, and the contractor, and there is an interdependency among these to ensure that all parties are working toward (read more...)
Moderator
Ryan Gee
Senior Structural Engineer
AECOM
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: B115-116
Why do we keep forgetting the lessons of the past? From Teton Dam to the Oroville spillways, these events were not unprecedented, and disaster could have been averted if we had just learned the lessons from previous dam safety incidents. How do we avoid the “normalization of deviation,” as discussed (read more...)
Moderator
Doug Johnson
Regional Engineer
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
James Rutherford
Project Engineer, Senior Civil Engineer
Hatch
United States
Panelist
Kim de Rubertis
Consulting Engineer
United States
Panelist
Stephen Rigbey
Director of Dam Safety
BC Hydro
Canada

3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: B115-116

What do you do when everything, including Plan A, goes wrong? The gate won’t open, the spillway deteriorates, the powerhouse fails, the dam moves, the forecast is exceeded, the access is flooded, the power fails, the lead is vacationing. What do you do when the technology requires replacement rather than (read more...)

Moderator
Duane McClelland
Principal Water Resources Engineer
Jacobs
United States

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