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Risk Management Center Training

Welcome to the Risk Management Center’s Dam and Levee Safety training website! This site contains all of our fundamental, intermediate, and advanced dam and levee safety training for USACE-internal audiences, sponsors, stakeholders, public and private dam and levee safety professionals, other Federal agencies, and the public. The links in this section will take you to the presentations, exercises, and video recordings of each training course. If you have any questions about dam or levee safety training, please email

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Level: Intermediate (200 series)
Frequency: Annual
Professional Development Hours (PDH): Up to 20 PDHs
Class Capacity: 30 students

𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄
Explore how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Risk Management Center (RMC) uses LifeSim, a software tool used to estimate consequences from flooding. LifeSim provides the tools determine the potential for life loss and economic damages to support risk assessments. In addition, the software provides the tools to perform alternative analysis to promote potentially cost-saving measures on projects to reduce risk.

𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗢𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀
By the end of the training, participants will have the expertise and background needed to skillfully and confidently use LifeSim. In addition, participants will be able to:
•      Describe LifeSim, its purpose and use.
•      Describe scenarios where LifeSim was utilized, and the consequences and conclusions of those scenarios.
•      Use the LifeSim model checklist to help document results, responses and comments.
•      Identify the key variables and exports produced by LifeSim, including evacuation, population impact, stability fates, fatality rates, and damage estimates.
•      Use LifeSim to estimate life loss in a particular simulation.
•      Describe “warning” in all its forms, as well as its application in LifeSim.
•      Use and demonstrate the correct vocabulary of hydraulics.
•      Identify the hydraulic data needed to make better estimates.
•      Isolate and identify key considerations for LifeSim calculations.
•      Describe the key what, how and why of the consequences of flooding.
•      Review LifeSim methodology and apply to case studies.

𝗧𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲
Intermediate (200) level courses are devoted to a particular discipline. Intermediate courses may require a prerequisite at the fundamental level. This three-day, in-person course is designed for individuals who are currently involved or will soon be involved in dam and levee safety risk assessment activities. Participants will range from subject-matter experts to those new to dam and levee safety risk assessments. In addition, this course will specifically give journeyman engineers enough background to be prepared to participate in facilitated team quantitative risk analyses. At the training, participants will listen to lectures and utilize the LifeSim in various workshops, gaining hands-on experience they can later apply to their day-to-day work.

This is a three-day, in-person training course. It will include lectures, case studies, and demonstrations from USACE instructors, as well as hands-on exercises, group discussions and quizzes.

𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 & 𝗥𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀
Registration is subject to availability of seating and is not guaranteed. Confirmation of successful registration will be provided no later than February 16, 2023. There are no tuition costs associated with attending this course, but participants are responsible for their own travel costs, meals, and arrangements. Additional instructions and details will be provided approximately one to two weeks before the course.

DLS-108, Consequences Training: Estimating Loss of Life from Flooding   .

𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗲-𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸
This course does not require work prior to the course.