March 13, 2023

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Geosyntec to Present at CEATI Hydropower Conference 2023

Geosyntec staff will present at and contribute to the 2023 Hydropower Conference in Palm Springs, California, on March 14 and 15, 2023. The event will be hosted by the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI) International.

Rich Wildman, PhD, PE, (Washington), Christie Hale, PhD, (Texas), and Jamey Rosen, PGeo, (Ontario) will speak at the event. Geosyntec's John Barrett, PE, (Tennessee), Jamey Dotson, PE (Tennessee), Christopher Hunt, PhD, PE, GE, (California), and Derek Morley, PE, (California) will also attend.

Rich is a Senior Engineer who focuses on stormwater quality, watershed management, and surface-water-quality problems. Rich develops numerical models, analyzes data, develops stormwater treatment alternatives to help clients proactively meet their regulatory obligations.

Christie is a Project Professional and seismic hazard analyst involved in seismic safety assessments. Her technical experience includes deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, deaggregation analysis, target spectrum development, and time history selection and modification.

Jamey is a Senior Principal Geoscientist with more than 20 years of experience focused on Geospatial Information Management Systems. He has built systems to validate, manage, analyze, and visualize construction, geotechnical, and environmental data for projects and facilities in the United States and Canada.

Hydropower Conference 2023 will focus on the opportunities and challenges utilities are facing and will focus on retrofitting dams for extended life, extreme events, and the increased need for flexibility; the event will also address opportunities for power plant modernization.

CEATI provides impactful solutions to its utilities, leveraging the benefits of a powerful network and technical expertise to meet its members’ needs. The organization promotes innovation and collaboration to advance the industry via specialized interest groups covering all areas of power generation, transmission, and distribution.

Moderated Sessions and Presentations

Session 2C: Operations and Planning
Presentation Title: Temperature Modeling in Reservoirs: Data Requirements, Potential Output, Examples from the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, Washington
Speakers: Rich Wildman
Time: Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. PDT

Session 2A: Dam Safety
Presentation Title: Evaluation of Seismic Hazard and Embankment Dam Deformation Hazard as an Input to Risk Informed Decision Making
Speakers: Matt Muto (SCE), Christie Hale
Time: Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. PDT
Abstract: Decision making regarding seismic potential failure modes in a risk-informed environment requires different thinking than in a deterministic world. An understanding of seismic loading across the full hazard curve is required to get a full picture of risk for existing facilities.  A fine-tuned understanding of this loading informed by strong ground motion records, source characterization, and site effects/amplification may be important for some failure modes.  Additionally, utilities may benefit from coupling probabilistic seismic hazard evaluations with evaluations of deformations across the range of hazard for a portfolio of dams. This presentation will discuss Geosyntec's recent work for DSIG member utilities in this area including work to evaluate embankment deformation in support of risk assessments, application of understanding site effects to seismic loading, and the development of deformation hazard curves for embankment dams.

Session 2A: Dam Safety
Presentation Title: Dam Construction Data Management in USACE
Speakers: Georgette Hlepas (USACE), Laurel Robinson (USACE), Jamey Rosen
Time: Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 11:15 a.m. PDT
Abstract: The United States Army Corps of Engineers has included data management specifications in several dam rehabilitation and construction projects over the past decade. The Specifications allow USACE timely access to quality data collected during site operations, and to quickly visualize and analyze data in a common geospatial context. These specifications require contractors to provide file transfer protocol (FTP) systems to submit and transfer files, web-based reporting tools to allow project tracking and review, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) files and tools compatible with existing USACE systems, and data management plans that document these data formats and tools. Following construction, the Specifications allowed for the submission of a complete project archive and updated as-built used to evaluate the construction.
The specifications have evolved over time to better provide USACE with the data and tools needed to effectively review the Contractors' work and approve it, and efficiently combine these data with other site information not available to contractors or not collected in the subject contract (i.e., historical data).
This presentation will discuss the history of the specifications and present case studies regarding their application to a variety of dam projects.

More Information

About the event: CEATI Hydropower Conference 2023
About the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation: CEATI
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Learn more about John Barrett: John Barrett
Learn more about Jamey Dotson: Jamey Dotson
Learn more about Christie Hale: Christie Hale
Learn more about Chris Hunt: Chris Hunt
Learn more about Derek Morley: Derek Morley
Learn more about Jamey Rosen: Jamey Rosen
Learn more about Rich Wildman: Rich Wildman