January 26, 2023

2023-01-26 05:00 PM 2023-01-26 08:30 PM YWG Torque Talks N.A. America/New_York

Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 5pm – 8:30pm
Torque Brewing, 330-830 King Edward Street, Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg and area colleagues met for an evening of networking and two presentations

The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) is pleased to present an evening of networking and presentations in preparation for the CDA 26th Annual Conference being hosted in Winnipeg in 2023! Please join us at Torque Brewing on Thursday January 26th for “Torque Talks” our twist on the classic “tech talks” featuring interesting presentations, food and beverages and great opportunities to network with dam industry colleagues!

You don't need to be a CDA member to attend - everyone is welcome!

5:00 – 6:00 pm – Pizza and Pints  
6:00 – 6:15 pm – CDA Introduction and Conference Update 
6:15 – 7:00 pm – Technical Presentation by

Risk Assessment for Water Dams – Best Practices and lessons learned from Prairie Dams 
Presented by: Mohammad Al-Mamun, M.Sc. Eng., P. Eng. 

Synopsis: Risk assessments are integral part of risk informed decision making process for safety management of water dams. Risk assessment of Prairie dams requires particular attention and expertise to evaluate the potential failure modes related to seepage through dam and foundation, and foundation stability issues due to the presence of pre and post glacial deposits. The probability estimates for failure can be estimated either by semi-quantitative or qualitative manner to evaluate the risk of failure due to seepage or foundation instability. In this presentation author will share best practices applied to complete risk assessment of Prairie dams and will discuss the challenges as well as approaches used to address those challenges.

7:00 – 7:45 pm – Technical Presentation by: 

Presented by: David Bonin, Senior Hydrotechnical Engineer, Hatch

Providing Additional Spill Capacity at Rapid City Dam
Climate change and climate resiliency are extremely relevant topics in this day and age.  The need for dams to be able to accommodate our changing climate and greater climate unpredictability is of paramount interest to the engineering community.   With this the ability to provide additional spill capacity at relatively low cost is of great interest.  In June 2020 the Little Saskatchewan River experienced an unprecedented storm and flood event.  This threatened several dams on this river and overwhelmed the capacity of the Rapid City Dam, resulting an in overtopping breach of the structure.  Fortunately, the dam’s reservoir is extremely small and compared to the size of the flood resulted in minimal incremental downstream impacts.  However, it left the town without their lake for several years resulting socio economic and cultural impacts for the community. The subsequent design process investigated developing additional spill capacity (over the existing spillway) without adversely impacting the use of the structure.  Several options were considered with the resulting solution being to convert the reconstructed embankment dam into an overtopping structure capable of providing the required spill capacity but also with the potential to provide additional future capacity through simple means of increasing flood surcharge.  This and the other options considered are relatively simple to achieve but can provide the resiliency needed to accommodate an uncertain climate future.  

7:45 –  8:30 pm  - Networking

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About Torque

Manitoba needed a few more breweries to help spread the craft beer word so we gathered up a team and started writing a business plan and swinging hammers.

In August 2016, we sent our first canned beer out to the masses. Since then we have picked up a few awards, raised some money for charity, worked extra hard and had some fun along the way.

Proud to be one of Manitoba’s local breweries, we continue to bring new beer styles to the pint glasses of the masses. From sour styles to porters, we will forge ahead and offer up new styles and help expand the palates of beer drinkers everywhere. Check out the taproom to see what’s new this week.