Workshops

The CDA 2016 Conference Bringing Dams Into the Future is offering informative professional development workshops on specific topics, providing delegates with important opportunities to improve their understanding, develop skills and discuss with peers and experts in their field.


List of Planned Workshops:

Workshop A - An Overview of Tailings Dam Design (1 day)
Workshop B - Dam Safety Reviews (1 day)
Workshop C - Dams & Public Safety (2 days)
Workshop D - Forum on Conversion of Dams into Landforms (1/2 day)
Workshop E - Systems Approach & Simulation in Risk Assessment of Dams (1/2 day)
Workshop F - Forum on Environmental Consequences and Classification of Tailings Dams (1/2 day)

On-line Registration System

Workshop A – An Overview of Tailings Dam Design (1 day)


Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Description: This one-day short course will cover topics such as engineering properties of mine tailings, conventional tailings embankment design, seepage analysis and saturated/unsaturated flow, staged construction analysis for tailings dams, deformation and seismic analysis, failure mechanisms and case studies, and dam safety and inspection.


The workshop will be presented by Dr. Ward Wilson, P.Eng., P.Geol., Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Alberta, Dr. Nicholas Beier, P.Eng., Assistant Professor of GeoEnvironmental Engineering at University of Alberta, and Bill Chin, P.Eng, Principal and Geotechnical Engineer at Klohn Crippen Berger.


Registration Fee for Workshop A (1 day):   $375 plus Nova Scotia HST

Workshop B – Dam Safety Reviews (1 day)


Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This Dam Safety Review workshop will present the concepts and process developed in the recently completed technical bulletin on dam safety reviews. A case study will be introduced and attendees will work through how to scope a dam safety review, how to work through the hazard-failure mode-control aspect of the safety analysis, and how to present the findings of a dam safety review.

The workshop is aimed at dam owners, consultants and regulators who want to know what the Canadian Dam Association considers to be good practice for dam safety reviews.  

It is expected that the technical bulletin will be available for purchase prior to the workshop.

This workshop will be presented by members of the Dam Safety Reviews Working Group of the Dam Safety Committee including:
Terry Oswell, BC Hydro 
Gilles Bourgeois, WSP Group 
Catrin Bryan, McMillen Jacobs Associates
Santiago Paz, Alberta Energy Regulator
Doug Sparks, Hydro Quebec

Registration Fee for Workshop B (1 day):   $375 plus Nova Scotia HST

CDA appreciates the support of Stantec Consulting in the provision of this workshop.

 

Workshop C – Dams and Public Safety  (2 days)


Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, 8:30 am – 4 pm 

Dam Safety Guidelines address the various hazards which can lead to the failure of a dam and presents methods to manage these risks. However, in Canada, more people have died in incidents around dam sites that are not associated with structural failure of dams. CDA issued the Guidelines for Public Safety Around Dams and three associated Technical Bulletins in 2011, following several years of discussions and consultations.

CDA offers this hands-on workshop to provide training on public safety assessments based on the methodology presented in the Guidelines.

The Dams and Public Safety workshops held across Canada since October 2011 have received high praise as a very practical hands-on event providing realistic case studies and tools that could immediately be applied for assessment of public safety risks at a facility. The instructors have received special training in the CDA methodology and materials. Classes are limited in size to maximize participation; and case studies are addressed in small working groups.

The Workshop will benefit managers and operators of dam facilities involved in risk management assessments or decisions related to public safety.

Instruction is based on CDA Guidelines for Public Safety Around Dams, 2011. A copy of the Guidelines  and a training binder will be provided. 

EIC Continuing Education Units: 1.4 CEU

Registration Fee for Workshop C (2 days):  Members:  $695 / Non-members:  $785
plus Nova Scotia HST

CDA appreciates the support of  Worthington Products, Nova Scotia Power, Ontario Power Generation and Hatch in the provision of this workshop.

           

Workshop D - Forum on Conversion of Dams into Landforms (1/2 day)


Date: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, 8:30 am to 12 noon

CDA has formed a working group for developing guidance on when a dam is no longer considered a dam. As part of the guidance development, this working group is hosting this workshop to discuss the issues around this topic and move the guidance along.

This is a forum-style workshop with presentations and discussion forums dealing with specific topics that are identified by the working group. An action plan will be developed to develop the guidance.

Registration Fee for Workshop D (1/2 day):  $190 plus Nova Scotia HST

Workshop E - Systems Approach & Simulation in Risk Assessment of Dams (1/2 day)


Date: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, 8:30 am - 12 noon

This half-day workshop will cover the topic of an emerging risk assessment approach when dam safety decisions for existing dams have to be made. The approach follows the methodology developed under the Spillway System Reliability Project (SSRP) sponsored by OPG, BC Hydro, Elforsk and USACE (2009-2015) and is based on stochastic simulation of dams treated as systems.  An illustration of practical aspects of implementation will be provided using one of the OPG river systems as an example.

Participants will be provided with a hardcopy of the book Operational Safety of Dams and Reservoirs which details the methodology developed by the SSRP.

The workshop will be presented by Dr. Andy Zielinski (OPG), Dr. John Perdikaris (OPG), Dr. Tareq Salloum (OPG), Mr. Ross Zhou (OPG) and Mr. Derek Sakamoto (BC Hydro).


Registration Fee for Workshop E (1/2 day):  $190 plus Nova Scotia HST

Workshop F - Forum on Environmental Consequences and Classification of Tailings Dams (1/2 day)


Date: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Assessment of environmental consequences and classification of mining dams is an important consideration as it often informs the design criteria for a mining dam. CDA has recently formed a working group to develop guidance for classification of mining dams based on incremental environmental losses, to supplement the 2007 CDA Dam Safety Guidelines.

As part of the guidance development process, the working group will host a half-day workshop to discuss and develop plans for this important initiative. The group will present a cross-Canada view of regulation, terminology, and classification systems for environmental assessment and classification that are currently used.  Other international mining jurisdiction classification systems will also be presented.  Participants will be invited to share their experiences and concerns in classifying mining dams with respect to environmental consequences, in an open forum-style discussion.  The discussion will also cover other issues such as the possible decoupling of environmental and cultural consequences.

Registration Fee for Workshop F (1/2 day):  $190 plus Nova Scotia HST


Registration

Registration for these workshops is open via the Conference registration system, see sidebar at left. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at 2016technical@cda.ca.