Operator Training Session Info

2019 AGM/Conference : November 7 & 8, 2019 
25th  Annual Conference / Operator Training Session / Trade Show & Banquet

There is a training session offered at this year’s conference:

Session Topic:

Dam Inspection and Maintenance Course, Penticton, BC  November 7th, 2018

Sign in for the course at the WSA registration table starting at 8:00 A.M.

The Water Supply Association of BC is offering a one day Dam Inspection and Maintenance Course for dam operators, owners and other stakeholders. This course is being delivered in cooperation with Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations, Water Management Branch.  Kevin Chan, Dam Safety Officer, Victoria will be the presenter at this workshop. Please register for the course using the Eventbrite registration  here:   Eventbrite Registration

Course Fee:    $100 for Members and $125 for Non-Members which will include lunch and coffee break.                   

The dam safety session is a full day course with a coffee break and lunch break.  

Who Should Attend?  The one day course is intended for dam owners and staff who are inspecting and maintaining their dams.  The course does not cover dam design and dam engineering, but describes the basics in enough detail to enable owner/operators of smaller dams to undertake dam surveillance and annual inspections.

Course Description:  The course begins with general information about dam safety including a video about a dam failure in the Cariboo which had a significant impact on the Dam Safety Program in BC. Following that there is an overview of the BC Dam Safety Regulation and the Dam Safety Compliance Program.  The remainder of the course includes: organizing and preparing for a dam safety inspection, visual evaluation of dam condition and identification of visual deficiencies, evaluation of seepage conditions, assessment of spillways and outlets, basic hydraulic and hydrologic adequacy, failure modes and inspection and testing of gates, valves, and other mechanical systems.  A field trip to a local dam is scheduled in the early afternoon.    Map to Dam Site will be posted shortly.

Register for the course through Eventbrite


  • There will be .6 CEU credits awarded by EOCP for attendance for the full day.
  • Attendees will be visiting the Trade Show at lunch and after the sessions to network with our manufacturer / supplier component of our membership.
  • Attendees will have the option to buy a banquet ticket and attend the next day’s presentations using the registration form.



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