Due to the uncertain public health situation that is expected to extend through 2021, this year’s conference will be delivered using a fully virtual platform. The planning committee is looking forward to the unique opportunity that this delivery platform provides for reaching a wider audience across the global dam industry.

The CDA 2021 Organizing Committee invites all interested authors to submit an abstract for CDA 2021 by February 28, 2021. The theme for 2021 is Balancing Past Performance with Future Expectations. Technical sessions will consider past performance and historical design criteria of aging infrastructure while focusing on environmental, social, economic and technological changes as well as evolving expectations of regulatory regimes related to the construction and operation of dams.

Technical Themes include:

  • Applications of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Methods
  • Climate impacts to design and operation parameters
  • Dam Safety Management Case Studies
  • Emergency Management and Public Safety Case Studies
  • Environmental Consequences Classification Case Studies
  • New and alternative approaches to Design Flood Estimation
  • New Generation Development Challenges and Opportunities
  • Reliability Assessments and the Performance of Aging Infrastructure
  • Risk Assessments and Adaptation Options
  • Role of Public Policy in the Setting of Dam Safety Criteria
  • Stakeholder Engagement and the Communication of Risk
  • Tailings Dam Breach Analysis

How to submit
Abstracts should be 300 to 500 words and may be submitted in either English or French.

Abstracts can be submitted online at https://www.conference-service.com/CDA2021/welcome.html.

Please note: You will either need to create a new account within the abstract management system or reactivate an existing account from CDA 2018 or CDA 2020 (assuming you have the same email address).

All authors that submitted an abstract for CDA 2020 are encouraged to resubmit their abstract for CDA 2021.

Timely submission of abstracts and papers will help improve the quality of the technical program for all conference attendees. Authors are encouraged to take note of the deadlines as the technical presentation program is expected to fill up. Any questions on the technical program can be forwarded to 2021technical@cda.ca

Please remember to check the CDA website regularly for updates and any changes to the schedule and/or information. 

Important Dates
February 28 – Abstracts due 
April 16 – Acceptance notification
June 28 – Draft paper due
August 31 – Final paper due
CDA 2021 – October 2021


Stay tuned for virtual exhibiting options. Interested? Contact Rachel at exhibitors@cda.ca.


The CDA thanks those organizations that committed to sponsoring the conference. Virtual sponsorship opportunities are being developed and existing sponsors will be contacted soon. If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please send an email to Rachel Gilmour, rgilmour@cda.ca.