WinDAM - Overtopping and Internal Erosion for Earthen Embankments

Includes a Live Event on 10/08/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

WinDAM software estimates the erosion and breach outflows from overtopping flows and internal erosion flows affecting earthen embankments.  This webinar will provide an overview of the WinDAM model and the various inputs needed.  The webinar will also cover output from WinDAM.  The webinar will target users and designers more than researchers.

 Five Takeaways:

How could overtopping affect my earthen dam?

How could internal erosion breach my earthen dam?

How do I operate WinDAM software?

What data do I need to put in a WinDAM model?

What results/output does WinDAM software provide?

Karl Visser

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Hydraulic Engineer

Karl has been a hydraulic engineer at the USDA-NRCS National Design, Construction and Soil Mechanics Center in Fort Worth, TX for 11 years.  In addition to reviewing hydrologic and hydraulic features of designs of large NRCS dams around the nation, he provides NRCS technical assistance, support and training for SITES and WinDAM software.  He has worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 36 years.

Jon Fripp

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Stream Mechanics Engineer

Jon Fripp has worked for the last 18 years as a civil engineer with National Design, Construction and Soil Mechanics Center of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.  Prior to employment with the NRCS, Jon Fripp worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers and in the private sector.  Jon’s expertise is in the planning, analysis and design of hydraulic structures including levees, dams, stream restoration and flood control projects.  Jon has worked throughout the United States and on various assignments abroad. Jon is the lead for the NRCS HECRAS team and has taught numerous classes in ecology, irrigation, construction, restoration and various aspects of hydraulic design and analysis.


1 Software capabilities and limitations: what can the software do?
2 Overtopping erosion – how does the software estimate overtopping erosion? 
3 Geotechnical parameters – how do I estimate model inputs?
4 1st Q&A 
5 File management – how do I create and manage files? 
6 Output – what output can I create? 
7 Internal erosion – how does the software estimate internal erosion? 
8 2nd Q&A 


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