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    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14204
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    Joint Meeting - Erie-Niagara Chapter NYSSPE & Buffalo Chapter ASCE

    Thursday, April 25th, 2019
    11:30 am

    Chef's Restaurant 
      291 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14204

    Menu:  Italian Lunch Buffet

    $25.00 NYSSPE members

    $25.00 ASCE members 

    $30.00 non-members

    Lessons to be Learned from the Oroville Spillway Incident

    Stephen Rigbey, P. Eng., President SJR Consulting and former Director of Dam Safety at BC Hydro.

    Stephen was a member of the Independent Forensic Engineering Team that investigated the Oroville Dam Incident

    The Oroville Dam and its associated reservoir and hydropower facility is located on the Feather River in Northern California and is owned and operated by the State of California Department of Water Resources. This earth embankment is the tallest (770 ft. high) in the United States. Its reservoir (Lake Oroville) at 3.5 million acre-feet of storage is the second largest reservoir in California and supplies water as far south as Los Angeles.

    Winter storms during the winter of 2016-2017 brought record precipitation to the Feather River watershed. In early February during a controlled water release over the primary spillway, there was a major failure of the spillway chute at its approximate midpoint. Concern about the spillway condition curtailed its use and lead to reservoir build up to the point where the emergency spillway was activated. However, even relatively small flows over the emergency spillway lead to severe erosion and the potential failure of the embankment structure. The threat of a potential failure led to the forced evacuation of between 188,000 and 200,000 people. Based on this situation the primary spillway was reopened and further damage occurred. Due to continued precipitation, it was necessary to use the primary spillway intermittently over the next three months. That use resulted in additional deterioration.

    The presentation contains numerous photographs and video during and after the events. It will start with some background on the events that occurred in February 2017, identify the extent of the damage, present findings associated with the forensic investigations, outline the preliminary repairs to the primary spillway and finally discuss the lessons learned from this incident.

    This program is approved for 1 PDH.

Past events

Friday, February 22, 2019 2019 Chapter E-Week Awards Banquet
Thursday, December 13, 2018 December Holiday Social Get Together 2018
Monday, October 01, 2018 2018 Architect/Engineer Golf Outing
Saturday, September 29, 2018 Annual Tailgate Party and UB Football Game
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 ASME Buffalo Section / Erie Niagara NYSSPE Joint Event Ground Penetrating Radar and Electromagnetic Technologies for Subsurface Utility Identification
Friday, August 24, 2018 2018 Erie-Niagara Chapter NYSSPE Bisons Summer Outing
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 Conquering the Energy Code
Thursday, May 24, 2018 2018 Scholarship and Officer Installation Dinner
Friday, May 18, 2018 ACEC Joint Meeting: New NYCRR Part 360 Regulations - Surplus Soil, Gravel, Concrete, Rubble, Road Millings, and Ditch Cuttings
Thursday, April 12, 2018 Global Warming Caused by Human Activity
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 2018 TSC Joint Dinner Meeting - Connected & Autonomous Vehicles – Are We Ready?
Friday, February 23, 2018 2018 Chapter E-Week Awards Banquet
Friday, February 23, 2018 2018 E-Week Seminar Series
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Lunch Seminar - Decommissioning Challenges at the UB Nuclear Reactor
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Joint Meeting of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of NYSSPE and Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Niagara Chapter
Thursday, October 19, 2017 October Meeting - The History of the Buffalo Zoo Design
Saturday, September 23, 2017 2nd Annual Engineer Alley Tailgate Party and UB Football Game
Monday, September 18, 2017 2017 Western New York Design Professionals Golf Outing
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Public Transit Opportunities for the Amherst-Buffalo Corridor
Friday, August 18, 2017 2017 Buffalo Baseball Chapter Summer Outing
Thursday, May 25, 2017 2017 Scholarship and Officer Installation Dinner
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Soil Stabilization and Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) with Cementitious Binders
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 2017 TSC Joint Dinner Meeting - Building Utility Scale Renewable Energy Facilities
Friday, February 24, 2017 2017 Chapter E-Week Awards Banquet (1 PDH)
Friday, February 24, 2017 2017 E-Week Seminar Series
Thursday, December 15, 2016 December Holiday Social Get Together
Thursday, November 17, 2016 Joint Professional Engineers Ontario / Erie-Niagara Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Lunch Seminar - Lead Poisoning and Drinking Water: What's the Connection? by Dolores Funke, PE
Monday, September 26, 2016 2016 Western New York Design Professionals Golf Outing
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Joint UB Football Game/Student Networking Event
Friday, August 26, 2016 2016 Buffalo Baseball Chapter Summer Outing
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Annual Installation of Officers and Scholarship Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 28, 2016 Lunch Seminar - Buffalo Sewer Authority Centrifuge and Sludge Pump Upgrades
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Lunch Seminar - Building Utility Scale Renewable Energy Facilities, Franklin D. Silvernail, PE, VP Fleet Performance Engineering
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TSC Joint Dinner Meeting - Solar City
Friday, February 26, 2016 2016 Chapter E-Week Awards Banquet (1 PDH)
Friday, February 26, 2016 2016 E-Week Seminar Series
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 December Holiday Social Get Together
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Joint Meeting of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) and the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Niagara Chapter
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 ASCE – New York State Council’s "New York State Infrastructure Report Card" Joint Meeting
Saturday, October 24, 2015 Joint UB Football Game/Student Networking Event
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Joint October Meeting with Erie-Niagara and Monroe Chapter NYSSPE and NYSSPE Executive Director Anthony Fasano, PE
Monday, August 31, 2015 2015 Erie-Niagara NYSSPE/AIA Golf Outing
Friday, August 28, 2015 2015 Buffalo Baseball Chapter Summer Outing
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, May 28, 2015 Annual Installation of Officers and Scholarship Awards Dinner
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 May 6, 2015 Chapter EAC Joint Meeting with ASCE
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 TSC Joint Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, February 27, 2015 2015 Chapter E-Week Awards Banquet (1 PDH)
Friday, February 27, 2015 2015 E-Week Seminar Series
Tuesday, February 03, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, January 08, 2015 Lunch Seminar - In the Wake of the Storm-The Role of the Professional Engineer by Mark Kriss, Esq. NYSSPE Legal Counsel
Tuesday, January 06, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2014 Joint Erie-Niagara Chapter NYSSPE and Professional Engineer's of Ontario Meeting
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, September 29, 2014 2014 Erie-Niagara NYSSPE/AIA Golf Outing
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium Construction Tour and Presentation/Luncheon
Monday, September 08, 2014 2015 Buffalo Baseball Chapter Summer Outing
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, August 22, 2014 2014 Buffalo Baseball Chapter Summer Outing
Monday, June 23, 2014 June 2014 Joint AIA/Erie-Niagara Chapter EAC Meeting - Buffalo Green Code
Thursday, May 29, 2014 Annual Installation of Officers and Scholarship Awards Dinner
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 March Event - Joint TSC Dinner - Professionalism, Ethics and Liability in Engineering
Friday, February 21, 2014 2014 Chapter E-Week Awards Banquet
Friday, February 21, 2014 2014 E-Week Seminar Series
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Buffalo Project Management Institute Meeting (in Association with Erie-Niagara NYSSPE)
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 January 2014 Joint Meeting - Erie-Niagara NYSSPE and Western Region ACEC of NY - Maid of the Mist Boat Storage and Maintenance Facility
Thursday, December 12, 2013 December Social with ASCE and ITE
Thursday, December 05, 2013 December Joint Erie-Niagara Chapter NYSSPE and Buffalo Chapter ASCE Dinner
Thursday, November 14, 2013 Joint Erie-Niagara Chapter NYSSPE/Niagara Section PEO Dinner
Friday, September 20, 2013 September 2013 Lunch Meeting - Compressed Natural Gas
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Starting the Year with a Blast! - Lafarge Lockport Quarry Tour
Friday, August 16, 2013 2013 Baseball Outing
Monday, July 29, 2013 2013 Erie-Niagara NYSSPE/AIA Golf Outing
Thursday, June 27, 2013 Joint EAC/Chapter Lunch PDH Opportunity - Geophysics for Geotechnical and Environmental Investigations
Thursday, May 23, 2013 Annual Installation of Officers and Scholarship Awards Dinner
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 April Meeting - Brent Vild - Eaton/Cutler Hammer - Selective Coordination
Friday, February 22, 2013 2013 Chapter E-Week Awards Banquet
Friday, February 22, 2013 2013 E-Week Seminar Series
Friday, December 07, 2012 December PDH Luncheon Meeting - Buffalo Medical Campus and Energy Hub
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Lunchtime Ethics Seminar - PDH Opportunity
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, August 10, 2012 2012 Baseball Outing
Monday, July 30, 2012 2012 Erie-Niagara NYSSPE/AIA Golf Outing
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
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