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ULC Course Description

Levee Safety Fundamentals
Control Number: 30
Course Number: 54DAS02A
CEUs: 2.0     PDHs: 20.0     LUs: 0.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 0.0     ACE: 0.0     CEHs: 0.0
This course trains USACE staff to include managers, engineers, geologists, technicians, economists, planners, and public affairs on the main aspects of the USACE Levee Safety Program. The course is also open to non-USACE participants interested or involved with the USACE Levee Safety Program. The course intent is to present an overview of the USACE Levee Safety Program to include history, levee system facts and functions, and use of risk-informed decision making for managing levees. The course will focus on Levee Safety Program elements that achieve the USACE “life safety being paramount” mission. Levee Safety Program elements covered throughout the course include inspections, leveed area inundation scenarios, risk assessments and portfolio management, roles and responsibilities, risk reduction actions, stakeholders and partners, emergency planning and response, risk management and risk communication.

Lectures, case histories, field visits and structured classroom exercises will be employed to familiarize participants with all aspects of the USACE Levee Safety Program. The course is structured around a basic conceptual representation of levee safety as comprised of the levee system and associated leveed area. A levee system is inclusive of earthen embankments or floodwalls, and all appurtenant structures which are interconnected and necessary to ensure exclusion of floodwater from a defined area, referred to as the leveed area. The course will cover concepts that are considered during risk assessments for levee systems, such as: hazard-frequency and magnitude of flood loading; performance – embankment/walls and other structures behavior under exposure and loading; characteristics of leveed area including persons and property; vulnerability – potential for life loss, economic and environmental impacts; and consequences during a levee breach or overtopping. Presentations, video modules, case histories, and class exercises, including a field inspection, are used to effectively present the approach to the successful monitoring and evaluation of USACE levees.

Nominee must be assigned: (a) Occupational Series: Selected 0100, 0400, 0800, 0900, 1000, 1300, 1500 (b) Grade: GS and WG, as appropriate, GS05 or above This course is intended for all personnel, including non-Federal employees, interested in or involved in identifying levee safety risk, and developing risk reduction actions and their associated implementation. No prior knowledge of this topic is required to attend this class.


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SessionLocationStart DateEnd DateSeats Open
2Davis, CA8/20/20248/22/20240