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: An Update
Dr. Lianne Lefsrud and Dr. Renato Macciotta - Safety Management Systems, risk assessments and the role of communication and culture for tailings dam failure preventability

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

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.

Technical Themes 
Delegates will have their choice of high-calibre papers being delivered under the following 10 technical themes:

  • Design and Construction Practices in Response to Changing Influences on Dams
  • Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring of Dams and Foundations
  • Changes in Environmental Loading and Influences on Dams
  • Investigations of Dams and Foundations
  • Dam Rehabilitation and Upgrades
  • Dam Breach Inundation Modeling and Assessment
  • Mining Dams including Oil Sands Dams
  • Performance of Dams under Seismic Loading
  • Risk Assessments and Stakeholder Communications
  • Application of Advanced Technology to Dam Safety

CDA received a record number of abstracts in 2019.  Check back regularly to see what sessions will be offered on Monday, October 7. 

Workshops – Tuesday, October 8
Workshops are included in the conference registration rate for full delegates.  Delegates will be able to choose from a number of full day or half-day workshops.  Space is limited for these, so register early so you’re not disappointed!

Individuals can register workshops only at a cost of $450 for a full-day workshop or $225 for a half-day workshop.

For more information about workshops being offered, please visit our workshop page.

Case Studies – Wednesday, October 9
Case studies are included in the conference registration rate for full delegates.  

Individuals can attend the conference for Wednesday only by purchasing a one-day conference registration.

For more information about the case studies being offered, please visit our case studies page.

On-line Registration System

Conference Program
Download a copy of the conference program below.

2019 Program
(Adobe PDF File)

Technical Papers
Download a listing of technical papers being presented on Monday, October 7.

Technical Papers
(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