Classroom Seminar
Seepage Through Earthen Dams


Chicago, IL


06/12/2018 - 06/14/2018


Join us at Conference Chicago at University Center, June 12-14, for Seepage Through Earthen Dams. This 2.5-day introductory course is designed to be a participatory, interactive workshop, which will cover the basic elements required to understand and evaluate seepage-related issues for earth dams. The first day begins with providing an understanding of why seepage mechanisms in earth dams are important to dam safety. Discussions of basic principles and characteristics of seepage related to embankment dams, various modes of seepage, and computational methods for evaluating seepage will then be presented. The second day focuses on methods of investigating, controlling, and remediating dam seepage. Hands-on exercises will represent real-world, practical applications pertinent to the attendees. The final half day will include a hands-on session of the SEEP/W computer program to demonstrate computational analysis of a hypothetical seepage scenario.

5 takeaways attendees can expect from this course:

  • Why understanding seepage mechanisms in earth dams is important to dam safety
  • Principles and characteristics of seepage related to embankment dams, including review of potential seepage-related failure modes and their common initiators or triggers
  • Computational methods for evaluating seepage
  • Understanding theory, application, and design of filters
  • Methods of investigating, monitoring, controlling, and remediating seepage problems in existing dams using case histories and hands-on exercises to enforce understanding of practical applications

Attendees will receive up-to 18 professional development hours for the completion of all course work, including the optional session on the third morning.

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