Canadian Dam Association Bulletin - Fall 2015 - (Page 31)

CDA 2016 Annual Conference BRINGING DAMS INTO THE FUTURE Dams have become part of the critical infrastructure in North America and have provided many years of reliable performance. A majority of these dams are more than 50 years old. However, dams deteriorate with age due to natural processes such as erosion, wind, waves, ice and other time-dependent processes. Monitoring and flow control equipment will eventually fail due to electrical and mechanical degradation, erosion, wear, corrosion and fatigue in its components. For these reasons, rehabilitation is required to extend or improve the service life of many dams and their ancillary equipment. Also, many dams need to be upgraded due to evolving design criteria and changing regulatory and environmental requirements. Dam removal is another option that may be considered in some cases to address dams that are at the end of their service life. The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) Annual Conference is the national forum for engineers, geoscientists, dam owners and operators, regulators and other stakeholders with an interest in dams. It is an opportunity to exchange ideas and information concerning the operations, maintenance and management of all types and ages of dams throughout their service life. It also provides a networking opportunity for participants to remain current and benefit from advancements in assessment, design, construction, and remedial works. TECHNICAL PROGRAM PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS Professional development workshops will be held in the two days prior to the conference. The topics under consideration include: * Introduction to the CDA Guidelines * Dam Safety Reviews * Operations, Maintenance and Surveillance using Emerging Technologies * Design and Construction / Refurbishment of Dams * Seepage Monitoring and Analysis of Embankment Dams * Structural Condition Assessment of Dams using Nondestructive Evaluation Methods * Emergency Management * Potential Failure Modes Analysis * Mining Dams * Design of Tailings Dam and Waste Dumps * RETScreen for Small Hydro Members are invited to contact the Conference Organizing Committee at 2016technical@cda.ca to suggest other potential workshop topics. TECHNICAL TOURS A full day technical tour will be held following the conference. For those conference participants whose travel arrangements do not allow them to spend a full day, a separate half day tour will be planned concurrently. Both tours will showcase the use of newer technologies in the refurbishment of existing dams, and the design and construction of new dams. ■ photo credit: www.istockphoto.com Technical papers are invited related to the conference theme "Bringing Dams into the Future," which encompasses a wide range of topics including: * Managing Aging Infrastructure * Updating Dams to Meet Changing Design Criteria * Emerging Technologies * Environmental Consequences of Dam Operation and Failure * Decommissioning and Closure - Challenges and Opportunities * Implications of Climate Change for Dams - Review of Current State of Practice In addition, papers are also invited for the following topics: Dam Safety Reviews - Case Studies Public Safety Around Dams Emergency Management Ice Management Strategies and Innovations Flow Control Equipment Access and Reliability Design and Construction Challenges Potential authors who are interested in presenting papers are invited to submit a 300-word abstract in either English or French, by January 29, 2016. For detailed information on submitting an abstract, please see the CDA Conference 2016 link at www.cda.ca or email 2016Technical@cda.ca. * * * * * * Canadian Dam Association * Fall 2015 31 http://www.cda.ca http://www.istockphoto.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Dam Association Bulletin - Fall 2015

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
ADVANCEMENTS IN FLOODPLAIN MAPPING AND LINKAGES TO DAM SAFETY
CDA CONFERENCE 2016
CDA PUBLICATIONS
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
BUYERS’ GUIDE AND TRADE LIST

Canadian Dam Association Bulletin - Fall 2015

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