Published Paper Award of Excellence

This award recognizes the contribution made by CDA members in authoring an outstanding article or technical paper related to dams. The award is offered annually to the author(s) of a selected publication made in Canada or internationally. Previous recipients include:

1996 - J. Levay
1999 - Dr. Thomas Vladut
2001 - The Bennett Dam Sinkhole Investigation
2006 - Stephen Rigbey
2007 - Marc Smith, Claude Marche and Benoît Robert
2008 - Ettore Contestabile and Abass Braimah
2009 - Vladimir Alicescu, Jean Pierre Tournier & Pierre Vannobel - Design and Construction of Nemiscau-1 Dam
2010 - Jose A. Vasquez and Jose J. Roncal - Testing River2D & Flow-3D for Sudden Dam-Break Flow Simulations
2011 - CDA/ACB Regulatory Committee
2012 - Jason Bond, Don Kim and John Fletcher - A Study of the Use of GPS Sensors for Structural Monitoring  of the Mactaquac Dam 
2013 - Greg Snyder, Wade Beisiegel, Don MacIntyre - Kootenay River OM&S Manuals Streamlining for Functionality
2014 - Alexandre Tournier, Benoit Mathieu, Pierre Vannobel, Yves Tremblay - Conception du profil et construction du socle de béton sous le noyau des ouvrages de retenue de l’aménagement hydroélectrique de la Romaine-2
2014 - Jared Malenchak, Kevin Sydor, Joe Groeneveld, Don Murray, David Fuchs - Cofferdam Risk Review Assessment for River Management at the Keeyask Generating Station in Northern Manitoba, Canada
2015 - Bill Chin, Joseph Quinn, Mark Pernito, Jody Scammell - Geotechnical Assessment of Alameda Dam
2016 - John Perdikaris, Steve Nash - Responding to Major Catastrophic Events for Dam Owners 
2017 - Bill Kappel, Syed Abbas, Seifu Guangul, George Sabol, John Menninger, and Sal Figliuzzi  - Updating PMP for the Elbow River: Complex Terrain, Unique Solutions
2018 - Paul Knox, Andrew Cornett, Mitchel Provan, John Menniger, Rick Lux and Syed Abbas - Assessment of Debris Issues Impacting Design of a Flood Diversion Project in a Large Scale Physical Model
2019 - Valérie Michaud, Judson Kennedy and Ryan Blanchard - Using Magnetometric Resistivity to Identify Preferential Seepage Flow Paths at a Tailings Dam
2020 - Stephen Rigbey and Desmond (Des) Hartford - Oroville in Retrospect: What needs to change?
2020 - Jeremy Boswell, Amy Rentz, Paul Cavanagh, Larry Staples and Lianne Lefsrud - Preliminary Work by the Alberta Dam Integrity Advisory Committee (DIAC) Towards Thinking Clearly and Communicating Effectively about Risk 

In 2020, CDA granted two published paper awards.

Mr. Stephen Rigbey and Dr. Desmond (Des) Hartford authored the technical paper “Oroville in Retrospect: What needs to change?” presented at ICOLD 2019 in Ottawa. The paper challenges the excessive reliance on current “best practice” in dam safety and encourages new approaches that consider operational factors and understanding of system components, emphasize simple surveillance and monitoring, properly and fully address and investigate what is obviously deficient, and develop adequate emergency procedures. It is a true challenge for all practitioners involved in dam safety and associated risk management.

Mr. Jeremy Boswell, Dr. Amy Rentz, Mr. Paul Cavanagh, Mr. Larry Staples and Dr. Lianne Lefsrud were recognized for their valuable contribution with their paper, Preliminary Work by the Alberta Dam Integrity Advisory Committee (DIAC) Towards Thinking Clearly and Communicating Effectively about Risk, which was presented in Calgary in October 2019 as part of the CDA annual conference.  This technical paper highlights the need for dam owners that are responsible for assessing risks, mitigating them to acceptably low levels, to communicate clearly such risks to the regulators and the public. The work in progress is intended to aid practitioners in the field of dam safety in understanding and applying risk communication principles and approaches to improve dam integrity. The paper also underlines the critical aspects of balancing effective communication of technical facts and judgements with communicating and understanding societal values, and the importance of keeping the public engaged in a two-way risk communication process.