U.S. dam safety group seeks organizer for maintenance workshop

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials seeks statements of qualifications and proposals to develop and conduct a one-day course for dam owners on maintenance and operations. Proposals are due May 30.

An ASDSO committee is to evaluate proposals from engineering firms, research groups, academics, and others. A decision will be made in June whether to fund the project. Once a proposal is approved, ASDSO will develop a contract with the vendor.

ASDSO is creating the workshop in response to a survey of members that identified dam maintenance to be of the highest priority. The national dam safety organization said the workship is expected to help dam owners and operators recognize when maintenance becomes repair, and when to consult an engineer.

The workshop is to focus on maintenance responsibilities of dam owners and, to a lesser extent, the operational aspects of dams. It is to provide reasons for maintenance, including detailed instruction on maintenance activities, frequency, and equipment required. It is to focus on normal operational responsibilities of dam owners and include a discussion of the consequences of insufficient maintenance.

The solicitation, including a detailed course outline, is available from ASDSO Executive Director Lori Spragens, (1) 859-257-5140; E-mail: lspragens@damsafety.org. It also can be obtained from the Internet at the following address: www.damsafety.org/media/documents/PDF/RFP-ASDSO%20Dam%20Owner%20Maintenance%20Course.pdf.

Proposals are due May 30 to ASDSO, Owner Workshop Proposals, 450 Old Vine St., Second Floor, Lexington, KY 40507.

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