Classroom Seminar
Inspection and Assessment of Dams


Phoenix, AZ


03/05/2019 - 03/07/2019


Please note this course is FULL. Email ASDSO to be added to the waitlist

Together Paul and Dean have offered this seminar 18 times in 16 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.

On the third day, this course will feature a field trip featuring tours of New Waddell Dam and Town Lake Dam. In 2017 the City of Tempe replaced the 18-foot high inflatable rubber dam at the west end of Tempe Town Lake next to the Tempe Center for the Arts with a new, hydraulically-operated steel gate dam. The system is the country's largest hydraulically-operated steel gate dam system. Beyond providing flood control to make the City of Tempe safer and allow development, Town Lake has benefitted the city so far with more than $1.5 billion of economic impact. Approximately 40,000 people work within a mile of Tempe Town Lake and 4,000 people live near its shores. The lake is the second most visited site in Arizona, second only to the Grand Canyon. The New Waddell Dam is an embankment dam on the Agua Fria River in Maricopa County, Arizona, 35 miles northwest of Phoenix. It serves as part of the Central Arizona Project and provides water for the Maricopa Water District. The dam creates Lake Pleasant and affords flood protection, hydroelectric power production and recreational opportunities. Construction of the dam was completed in 1994 at a cost of $625 million.

Five 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

Registration Rates: Please note this course is FULL. Email ASDSO to be added to the waitlist

  • Member Rate: $850 on or before February 18/$900 after February 18
  • Non-Member Rate: $950 on or before February 18/$1,000 after February 18

Cancellation Policy:

  • A $75 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations received on or before February 25. After February 25 no refunds will be given.

PDHs Available: 

  • 24 PDHs are available for the completion of the course. NY licensed engineers are elegible to recieve up-to 19 PDHs for the completion of the course. 


  • Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 Cotton Center Blvd., Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Hotel Information:

No ASDSO group blocks have been reserved, however, the following hotels are within close proximity to the seminar location and may offer government per diem or other discounted rates. Some of them also have a complimentary shuttle service.

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton: 602-470-2100
  • Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Airport: 480-966-4300
  • Marriott Buttes Resort: 888-867-7492
  • Sheraton Phoenix Airport: 480-967-6600
  • Legacy Golf Resort: 602-305-5500
  • GreenTree Inn:  844-447-8733

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