USSD annual conference begins next week

The United States Society of Dams will convene in San Francisco this coming week for its 34th Annual Meeting and Conference.

This year’s theme, Dams and Extreme Events — Reducing Risk of Aging Infrastructure Under Extreme Loading Conditions, is particularly important given the status of much of America’s dam infrastructure.

According to USSD, more than 75% of the nation’s 80,000 dams are more than 50 years old, though their roles in water storage, flood control and hydroelectric energy production have never been greater.

The conference will highlight “the need for continued innovation in prediction and analysis of loading conditions from extreme events,” USSD said, with particular emphases on applying advances in a responsible fashion.

The USSD 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference runs April 7-11at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

For more information about the event’s conference sessions and exhibitors, visit the United States Society of Dams’ website here.


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