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International Dam Safety Symposium

2023 IV International Dam Safety Symposium
Thursday, April 20, 2023

Charleston Area Convention Center
North Charleston, SC

*This event is being held in conjunction with the USSD Annual Conference. Register for this via the Conference registration link, even if not attending the Conference, however Symposium fee is waived if attending the full conference.

The purpose of the International Symposium on Dam Safety is to promote discussion and knowledge exchange for Dam Safety professionals across the globe for the purpose of advancing the field and ensuring the safety of dams globally. The program will touch on state-of-the-art concepts, methods, and technologies related to dam safety.

The event is being developed through the collaboration of the United States Society on Dams (USSD), Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD), Brazilian Dam Committee (CBDB), and Chinese National Committee on Large Dams (CHINCOLD).


Symposium Only = $450*
*Additional options available for combining Symposium and USSD Conference registration. Visit the registration site for more information.



7:30am-8:30am Registration/Check In
8:30am – 9:00am Welcome
9:00am – 9:30am Opening & Overview Dean Durkee, USSD
9:30am – 9:45am Break
9:45am – 11:15am Round Table 1
Dam Safety Implications of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM)
11:15am – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 1:00pm Round Table 2
Dam Safety Policy, Institutional and Organizational Aspects
Ignacio Escuder Bueno, SPANCOLD
1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm – 4:00pm Roundtable 3
Dam Safety Technological Aspects and Future Developments
Cuiying Zheng, CHINCOLD
4:00pm – 4:15pm Break
4:15pm – 5:45pm Roundtable 4
Dam Safety Social and Economic Aspects
Jose Bernardino Botelho, CBDB
5:45pm – 6:30pm Closing