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U.S. dam safety group seeks technical seminar organizer

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials seeks statements of qualifications and proposals from engineering firms, research groups, academics, and others to develop and conduct technical seminars on structural behavior monitoring for dam safety. Proposals are due Jan. 5.

The three-day course is to provide state dam safety personnel and other students with a comprehensive understanding of geotechnical, hydraulic, and structural measurement devices that can be used in monitoring of dam performance. ASDSO said it intends for the new technical seminar to be conducted twice in 2009 -- once in the eastern U.S. and once in the western U.S.

The instructor will provide all speakers and technical materials, including a course manual to be developed according to ASDSO guidelines. Selections will be announced in February. Once a proposal is selected, ASDSO will contract with instructors to plan, develop, and conduct the seminar. The contractor will have about five months to develop the seminar and training materials.

ASDSO is responsible for advertising the seminar, for registration, and for coordinating site arrangements.

Technical seminars form one component of the Technical Training Program, administered by ASDSO and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Dam Safety Program.

The solicitation can be obtained from ASDSO's Internet site, www.damsafety.org, under Conferences &Training and ASDSO Technical Seminars. Proposals are due Jan. 5 to ASDSO, Advanced Technical Seminar, 450 Old Vine St., Second Floor, Lexington, KY 40507. For information, contact Susan Sorrell, (1) 859-257-5140; E-mail: info@damsafety.org.

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