CDA Conference & Exhibition
October 6 to 10, 2019
Calgary, Alberta

CDA looks forward to welcoming you in Calgary in October!  The theme of the 2019 Conference is The Changing Influences on Dams.

Important Dates
October 6 - Welcome Reception
October 7 - Technical Sessions
October 8 - Workshops
October 9 - Case Studies
October 10 - Technical Tours

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Norbert Morgenstern - Geotechnical Risk, Regulation, and Public Policy
Dr. Lianne Lefsrud and Dr. Renato Macciotta - Dam Safety Risk Management

Dam Safety Regulations Update from AEP
Alberta is in the process of creating a new regulatory environment for dam safety. Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) will give an overview of the upcoming regulations with details on how the dam safety program will be implemented and monitored.

Technical Tours
A number of post-conference technical tours will be arranged in and around Calgary and the Province of Alberta. Details will be announced in early 2019.

All professional development sessions from October 7 to 9 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Calgary.

2019 Technical Program

The theme of the conference is The Changing Influences on Dams and is to focus on challenges in dam design, construction and rehabilitation practices due to changes in environmental, technological, social, economic and regulatory requirements.

Preliminary Technical Themes 

  • Changes in environmental loading - precipitation, flooding, and seismicity including induced seismicity 
  • Influence of regulatory changes on dams throughout their lifecycle 
  • Operational considerations in dam safety 
  • Mining dams including oil sands dams - decommissioning and closure
  • Stakeholder engagement and risk communication 
  • Implementing advanced technologies in dam design, construction, operations and rehabilitation

Preliminary Workshop Themes

  • Operations, Inspection, Maintenance, Surveillance, and Administration Basics for Dam Owners including: 1) Instrumentation; 2) Regulatory documentation (EPP, ERP, inundation studies); 3) Practical information on surveillance and inspections; and 4) Operational Considerations 
  • Role of Factors of Safety and Deformation Analyses for slope stability analyses and dam design 
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis – Risk Analysis 
  • Emergency Management for Dam Safety

Preliminary Topics for Case Studies 

  • Flood Retention Structures and Rehabilitation
  • Management and Mitigation of Liquefaction Risks for Oil Sands Dams 
  • Decommissioning and Closure of Oil Sands Dams 
  • Alberta Dam Safety Regulation






Conference Brochure
Download a copy of the conference brochure below.

2019 Brochure
(Adobe PDF File)

CDA 2019 – Papers and Posters

The technical committee of CDA 2019 has chosen papers and posters for presentation. 

Important Dates

Abstract submission – February 15, 2019
Abstract acceptance notification – March 1, 2019
Draft paper due – June 1, 2019
Final paper due – August 16, 2016

If you have any questions email