The Association of State Dam Safety Officials held its nineteenth annual conference and exhibit show from 8-11 September 2002 at the Saddlebrook Resort, near Tampa, Florida. Approximately 620 state and federal regulators, engineering consultants, manufacturers and suppliers, academicians, dam owners and operators, students and others attended the conference, hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The opening general session featured welcoming remarks by Deborah Getzoff, Director of the District Management, Southwest District, Florida DEP, and a review of ASDSO’s accomplishments during the past year, by John Moyle, 2001-2002 ASDSO president. Keynote speaker Colonel Richard A. Searfoss, U.S. Air Force (retired), shared recollections and insights based on his experience as an astronaut.

A special general session, Security at Dams One Year After 9/11, co-sponsored by The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP), followed the opening session. Moderated by Rudolph V. Matalucci, developer of Sandia National Laboratories’ Risk Assessment Methodology for Dams (RAM-D), the session featured talks by Lieutenant General Robert B. Flowers, US Army Corps of Engineers Commander and Chief of Engineers; Commissioner John Keys, US Bureau of Reclamation; LTC Terrence P. Ryan, US Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Security, Intelligence and Law Enforcement; Larry Todd, US Bureau of Reclamation Director of Operations; and Frank Calcagno, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Senior Engineering Geologist.

Two more general sessions addressed Emergency Action Plans and Liability and Dam Safety Research Needs.

Eighteen concurrent sessions encompassed fifty-four presentations on hydrology; gates; dam construction and rehabilitation; roller compacted concrete; instrumentation and monitoring; innovations; environmental issues and dam removal; seepage; spillways and outlet works; scour; dam emergencies; case studies and lessons learned; dam owner issues; new technology for geotechnical investigations; inspections; and seismic, structural and stability evaluations.

At the annual ASDSO Awards Banquet, the following individuals and organizations were recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of dam safety:

• Honorary ASDSO Member: Thomas A. Kelly, West Hills, California; former senior civil engineer, Southern California Edison Company

• West Regional Award of Merit: Alan Pearson, consulting engineer, Cortez, Colorado; former Principal Engineer of the Colorado Dam Safety Branch

• Midwest Regional Award of Merit: Samuel S. Doak, Chief Structural and Geotechnical Engineer, McClure Engineering Associates, Inc., East Moline, Illinois

• Southeast Regional Award of Merit: Randall P. Bass, Program Manager of Water Resources, Portland Cement Association, Lilburn, Georgia

• Northeast Regional Award of Merit: Dr. Arthur C. Miller, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

• National Rehabilitation Project of the Year: HydroPlus, Inc. and GEI Consultants, Inc. (Black Rock Dam, Zuni Indian Reservation, New Mexico)

• National Award of Merit: Congressman Bill Shuster, 9th District, Pennsylvania

• President’s Award: Brian Pallasch, Director of Government Relations, American Society of Civil Engineers

ASDSO’s 20th Anniversary Conference will be held 7-10 September 2003 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Details will be posted on ASDSO’s website, which can be accessed by clicking the weblink below.

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