Classroom Seminar
Seepage Through Earth Dams


Baltimore, MD


06/23/2020 - 06/25/2020


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, introductory session of the SEEP/W computer program to demonstrate computational analysis of a hypothetical seepage scenario.

Learning objectives attendees will receive 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

Registration Rates: Download the Registration Form or Register Online

  • Member Rate: $900 on or before June 5/$950 after June 5
  • Non-Member Rate: $1,000 on or before June 5/$1,050 after June 5

Cancellation Policy:

  • A $75 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations received on or before June 12. After June 12 no refunds will be given.

PDHs Available:

  • 18 PDHs are available for the completion of the course. NY licensed engineers please check back close to the course for details on the number of PDHs available.


  • Mt. Washington Conference Center, 5801 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209
  • Mt. Washington Conference Center is offering attendees overnight accommodations at $139 per night. To book your room and receive the contracted rate participants should call the Conference Center's reservation department at 800-488-8734 and identify the program name "Association of State Dam Safety Officials". Reservations for the program must be received by Wednesday, June 1, 2020. After this date the room block will close and the rate cannot be guaranteed.
  • Parking is available at the conference center at no charge.
  • Mt. Washington Conference Center is within walking distance of the light rail station making it minutes to travel to Downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor, just 25 minutes from Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport and just 10 minutes away from Penn Train Station. In addition, the center is one hour from Washington DC. 
  • Mt. Washington Village is located within walking distance and includes a variety of restaurants and shopping.

To register download the registration form and return it to ASDSO or Register Online through the ASDSO Portal! Not a member? Become a member before registering and save!

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