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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 RMCtraining@usace.army.mil.

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 19-21 Mar 2024 | DLS-108, Consequences Training - Estimating Loss of Life from Flooding | New Orleans, LA
The United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Risk Management Center is offering DLS-108: Consequences Training - Estimating Loss of Life from Flooding in New Orleans, LA 19-21 March 2024. Registration and further information is available at the following link, and an overview is included below.  Please note that tuition is free but participants are responsible for their own labor and travel funding.
 
How to Register:
 
Please use the link below to register. You will need to create a login.gov account to register. If you are a federal employee, once your account is created you can proceed with CAC log-in for all subsequent logins. Please fully complete/update your profile. If you do not fully complete/update your profile, your registration will be rejected.  To access your profile: log into the event registration tool, click on “My Events” in the top right corner of the screen, and then click on “My Profile” in top right corner of the screen.
 
https://rmc.sec.usace.army.mil/event-register/
 
Course Overview:
 
Explore state-of-the-art methods for estimating the consequences of flooding, with a focus on potential loss of life. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of what causes loss of life during a flood event, how to estimate the potential loss of life, and how to build the case to support those estimates. Tools currently used within USACE for estimating loss of life from flooding will be introduced, but tool-specific training is not included through this course.
 
Leaning Objectives:
 
By the end of the training, participants will have the expertise needed to estimate the potential loss of life for a given flood scenario and build the case to support those estimates. In addition, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the driving factors that led to loss of life, or lack thereof, for a series of historic flood events
  • Define the role of consequences in assessing risk
  • Distinguish the essential elements that must be described when estimating potential loss of life from flooding
  • Identify common methods for assessing each of the essential elements that inform a life loss estimate
  • Examine common tools for estimating loss of life from flooding, including an overview of LifeSim
  • Outline how to build the case for a life loss estimate
  • Summarize a brief overview of how to estimate direct and indirect economic damage
 
Target Audience:
 
The target audience for this training is individuals supporting risk-informed decision-making for dam and levee safety efforts. However, the subject matter is appropriate for anyone who needs to estimate the consequences of flooding, regardless of the flooding source. This training presents guidance, methodology, and example applications appropriate for consequence specialists, risk assessment facilitators, team leads, and decision-makers.
 
Participants should have a basic understanding of flood damage computation methodologies and techniques prior to taking this course.
 
Format:
 
This is a three-day, in-person training course. It will consist of presentations by USACE instructors, workshops, and interactive sessions.
 
Registration and Requirements:
 
Registration is subject to availability and is not guaranteed. Confirmation of successful registration will be provided following registration closing. This course Registration will close by February 19th. There are no tuition costs associated with attending this course but participants are responsible for their own labor and travel funding. Additional instructions and details will be provided approximately two weeks before the course.
 
Prerequisites:
 
None
 
Training Details:
 
19-21 March 2024
New Orleans, LA
Location TBD
 
Additional Information and Resources:
 
More information including course materials and videos can be found on the RMC website at www.rmc.usace.army.mil/training. If you have questions about dam or levee safety trainings, please email RMCtraining@usace.army.mil.
 1-4 April 2024 | DLS-106: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Dam and Levee Risk Assessments | Virtual
The United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Risk Management Center is offering DLS-106: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Risk Assessments virtually 1-4 April 2024. Registration and further information is available at the following link, and an overview is included below.  Please note that tuition is free but participants are responsible for their own labor funding.
 
How to Register: 
Please use the link below to register. You will need to create a login.gov account to register. If you are a federal employee, once your account is created you can proceed with CAC log-in for all subsequent logins. Please fully complete/update your profile. If you do not fully complete/update your profile, your registration will be rejected.  To access your profile: log into the event registration tool, click on “My Events” in the top right corner of the screen, and then click on “My Profile” in top right corner of the screen.
 
https://rmc.sec.usace.army.mil/event-register/
 
Course Overview: 
Explore how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) consistently and correctly applies probability and statistics theory and methods in risk analyses. Probability and statistics are the foundation for any risk assessment, and this training course will cover the foundational theory and methods needed to perform a credible risk assessment. The main topics include data analysis, set theory, probability theory, statistics, random variables, distributions, hypothesis tests, regression analysis, Monte Carlo methods, joint probability, and stochastic processes.
 
Leaning Objectives: 
By the end of the training, participants will have the expertise needed to correctly apply probability and statistics concepts in a risk assessment. In addition, participants will be able to:
  • Improve quality and credibility of risk assessment products
  • Improve coherence of the safety case
 
Target Audience: 
The course is designed for internal and external mid-level to expert-level practitioners at the 11-14 grade level (or equivalent). The course is primarily geared toward engineers and geologists with some experience in risk analysis but limited background and expertise in probability and statistics. However, the course is suitable for any practitioner in any discipline who wants to increase their general understanding of basic probability and statistics theory and applications in risk analysis. This training course will include lectures, self-study, case studies, and demonstrations from USACE instructors, as well as hands-on exercises, group discussions and quizzes.
 
Format: 
This virtual training course will take place over the course of four days, with one five-hour session each day. It will include lectures, case studies, and demonstrations from USACE instructors, as well as hands-on exercises, and quizzes.
 
Registration and Requirements: 
Registration is subject to availability of seating and is not guaranteed. Confirmation of successful registration will be provided no later than March 4th. There are no tuition costs associated with attending this course but participants are responsible for their own labor funding. Additional instructions and details will be provided approximately two weeks before the course regarding requirements, such as having laptops with Microsoft Excel installed and downloading software before the training.
 
Prerequisites: None
 
Training Details: 
1-4 April 2024
Virtual via WebEx
 
Additional Information and Resources: 
More information including course materials and videos can be found on the RMC website at www.rmc.usace.army.mil/training. If you have questions about dam and levee safety trainings, please email RMCtraining@usace.army.mil.
 3-4 April 2024 | DLS-102: Introduction to USACE SQRA and FERC L2RA Process and Guidelines | Louisville, KY
The United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Risk Management Center is offering two sessions of DLS-102: Introduction to USACE SQRA and FERC L2RA Process and Guidelines 3rd and 4th April 2024 (back-to-back course deliveries, one day each) in Louisville, KY. Registration and further information is available at the following link, and an overview is included below.  Please note that tuition is free but participants are responsible for their own labor and travel funding.
 
How to Register: 
Please use the link below to register for one of the two sessions. You will need to create a login.gov account to register. If you are a federal employee, once your account is created you can proceed with CAC log-in for all subsequent logins. Please fully complete/update your profile. If you do not fully complete/update your profile, your registration will be rejected.  To access your profile: log into the event registration tool, click on “My Events” in the top right corner of the screen, and then click on “My Profile” in top right corner of the screen.
 
https://rmc.sec.usace.army.mil/event-register/
 
Course Overview: 
Explore how the United States Army Corps of Engineers Risk Management Center (USACE RMC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) prepare, calculate, and evaluate the results of semi-quantitative risk assessments (SQRA). The training will focus on the USACE SQRA and FERC Level 2 Risk Assessment (L2RA) process, the calculations and information required to complete an SQRA/L2RA, and how the SQRA/L2RA results are used by USACE and FERC.
 
Leaning Objectives: 
By the end of the training, participants will have a basic understanding of how to approach each element of SQRA and L2RA. In addition, participants will be able to:
Describe the general SQRA and L2RA process and how it fits within USACE’s and FERC’s risk management programs
Calculate risk and use it to inform decisions
Identify and participate in each phase of SQRA and L2RA
 
Target Audience: 
This course is designed for technical staff inside and outside USACE and FERC who will be participating in or leading the SQRA/L2RA for a variety of purposes. Participants with other backgrounds or goals may also benefit from understanding the overall process and what is involved to complete an SQRA and L2RA.
 
Format: 
This one-day, in-person course will include lectures, case studies and demonstrations from USACE and FERC instructors, as well as hands-on exercises, group discussions and quizzes. A workbook of supporting materials and online resources will be provided to participants. Participants must bring a laptop.
 
Registration and Requirements: 
Registration is subject to availability of seating and is not guaranteed. Registration confirmation will be provided no later than March 6th. There are no tuition costs associated with attending this course but participants are responsible for their own labor and travel funding. Additional instructions and details will be provided approximately two weeks before the course.
 
Prerequisites: None
 
 
 8-12 April 2024 | DLS-104: Best Practices in Dam & Levee Safety Risk Analysis | Lakewood, CO (USACE Only)
The United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Risk Management Center is offering DLS-104: Best Practices in Dam and Levee Safety Risk Analysis 8-11 April 2024 in Lakewood, CO. Registration and further information is available at the following link, and an overview is included below. Please note that tuition is free but participants are responsible for their own labor and travel funding.
 
How to Register: 
Please use the link below to register. You will need to create a login.gov account to register. If you are a federal employee, once your account is created you can proceed with CAC log-in for all subsequent logins. Please fully complete/update your profile. If you do not fully complete/update your profile, your registration will be not be considered.  To access your profile: log into the event registration tool, click on “My Events” in the top right corner of the screen, and then click on “My Profile” in top right corner of the screen.
 
https://rmc.sec.usace.army.mil/event-register/
 
Course Overview: 
Learn best practices for estimating dam and levee safety risks considering hazards, system response, and consequences. The basis for this course is the Best Practices in Dam and Levee Safety Risk Analysis Manual, developed jointly by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). Designed with cross-discipline experience in mind, this course summarizes the governance and guidelines relevant to dam and levee safety risk analysis, provides an overview of probability and statistics, and describes methodologies for estimating risks, portraying risks, and building the case for risk estimates.
 
Leaning Objectives: 
By the end of the training, participants will be able to:
  • Establish inter-disciplinary awareness and teamwork in the risk estimating process
  • Describe the hazards that affect dams and levees and their application to risk analysis
  • Create potential failure mode descriptions and event trees and use them to develop risk estimates
  • Identify essential elements of life loss consequences estimates
  • Reference relevant case histories, foundational research studies, and state of the practice for dam and levee safety risk analysis
  • Apply principles of probability theory and statistics to quantify, combine, and portray risk estimates
  • Build a case for risk estimates
 
Target Audience: 
This course is designed for mid-level (5-15 years of experience) engineers (structural, hydraulic/hydrologic, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical, construction), geologists/engineering geologists, economists, and project managers, who are involved as risk estimators and facilitators for semi-quantitative and quantitative risk assessments for dams and levees.
 
Format: 
This is a four-day (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), in-person training course will include multi-discipline lectures and demonstrations from USACE instructors as well as pre-learning, homework, hands-on individual and group exercises, group discussions, and a final exam.
 
Registration and Requirements: 
Registration is subject to availability of seating and is not guaranteed. Registration confirmation will be provided no later than March 11th. There are no tuition costs associated with attending this course but participants are responsible for their own labor and travel funding. Additional instructions and details will be provided approximately two weeks before the course regarding requirements, such as pre-learning modules, bringing laptops (with Wi-Fi and internet connectivity, Microsoft Excel installed).
 
Training will be Monday through Thursday, full business days (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Plan to travel outside of this schedule.
 
Prerequisites: 
There are no training prerequisites for DLS-104. However, it is strongly recommended that individuals participate as an observer or note-taker during at least one risk analysis prior to attending this workshop.
 
Additional Information and Resources: 
More information including course materials and videos can be found on the RMC website at www.rmc.usace.army.mil/training. If you have questions about dam and levee safety trainings, please email RMCtraining@usace.army.mil.
 4-6 June 2024 | DLS-112: Introduction to Levee Screening Tool 2.0 | Lakewood, CO (USACE Only)
The United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Risk Management Center is offering DLS-112: Introduction to Levee Screening Tool 2.0 4-6 June 2024 in Lakewood, CO. Registration and further information is available at the following link, and an overview is included below. Please note that tuition is free and travel will be provided by the RMC, but participants are responsible for their own labor.
 
How to Register: 
Please use the link below to register. You will need to create a login.gov account to register. If you are a federal employee, once your account is created you can proceed with CAC log-in for all subsequent logins. Please fully complete/update your profile. If you do not fully complete/update your profile, your registration will be not be considered.  To access your profile: log into the event registration tool, click on “My Events” in the top right corner of the screen, and then click on “My Profile” in top right corner of the screen.
 
https://rmc.sec.usace.army.mil/event-register/
 
Course Overview: 
The Levee Screening Tool (LST) 2.0 is a web-based risk assessment tool developed by USACE to characterize a levee’s risk and benefits by evaluating the hazard, expected levee performance, and consequence of flooding. Risk assessment results can be used to manage levees more effectively. This course will delve into the advanced details of LST inputs, methodology, and results. It will focus on preparing screening facilitators to operate the tool and successfully lead the risk assessment from start to finish.
 
Leaning Objectives: 
By the end of the training, participants will have the expertise needed to perform the facilitator role during a screening level risk assessment on a levee system. Additional course objectives include being able to:
  • Explain how screening level risk assessments support flood risk management decisions
  • Collect, organize, and interpret data to evaluate hazard, performance, and consequence for a levee
  • Gain insight on the consistent application of engineering judgment in risk analysis
  • Learn how to use Levee Screening Tool results to identify risk drivers
  • Learn industry best practices for managing a screening team and communicating risk
 
Target Audience: 
Engineers and scientists planning to lead a screening level risk assessment of a levee system.
 
Format: 
This is a three-day, in-person training course. It will include lectures and demonstrations from USACE instructors, as well as hands-on exercises and group discussions.
 
Registration and Requirements: 
Registration is subject to availability of seating and is not guaranteed. Registration confirmation will be provided no later than May 7th. There are no tuition costs associated with attending this course but participants are responsible for their own labor funding. Travel funding will be centrally funded for all USACE students attending the 2024 session. Additional instructions and details will be provided approximately two weeks before the course.
 
Training will be Tuesday through Thursday, full business days (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Plan to travel outside of this schedule.
 
Prerequisites: None.
 
Additional Information and Resources: 
More information including course materials and videos can be found on the RMC website at www.rmc.usace.army.mil/training. If you have questions about dam and levee safety trainings, please email RMCtraining@usace.army.mil.

Workshops Upcoming

 29 May 2024 | DLS-101: Fundamentals of Dam and Levee Risk | Davis, CA
 11-13 June 2024 | Section 408 | Louisville, KY (By Invitation Only)
 9-11 July 2024 | DLS-204: Levee Design and Analysis Course | Location TBD
 18 July 2024 | DLS-101: Fundamentals of Dam and Levee Risk | Louisville, KY
 23-25 July 2024| DLS-216: Flood Hazard for Risk Assessment| Location TBD
 13-14 August 2024 | DLS-102: Introduction to USACE SQRA and FERC L2RA Process and Guidelines | Portland, OR
 Dates TBD | DLS-103: SQRA Facilitators Workshop | Location TBD (USACE Only)
 Dates TBD | DLS-203: LifeSim Workshop | Location TBD