ANCOLD LifeSim & TotalRisk Training Seminars, August 2023

by Colleen Baker

Colleen Baker

ANCOLD Executive

ANCOLD members and contacts are invited to attend in-person training about the theory behind and application of the LifeSim and TotalRisk software packages.

LifeSim is designed to estimate the potential life loss and direct economic damages resulting from catastrophic floods, and dynamically simulates the warning and evacuation process for populations at risk. This software package is available from the USACE website and is free to download.

TotalRisk is a comprehensive risk analysis package that has been designed to inform dam and levee safety investment decisions. This software package will be released soon and will also be free to download.

It is noted that ANCOLD is not promoting this software as the preferred packages in Australia but recognises that many of our members are/will use this software, and we have an exceptional opportunity to upskill our industry through training facilitated by the key developers of these packages, Jason Needham and Woodrow Fields.

Jason is the senior Consequence Specialist for the USACE Risk Management Center (RMC). He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University, an M.S. degree in Engineering from the University of California at Davis, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California.  Jason specializes in risk analysis and consequence estimation, and he leads the USACE research and development efforts focused on understanding the potential loss of life from flooding.

Woodrow Lee Fields is a Consequence Specialist with the USACE Risk Management Center. He has more than 15 years of experience working with the Corps. He specializes in consequence assessments and risk. Woodrow is the lead developer of LifeSim which is a detailed consequence modeling system for estimating economic damages and life loss through simulated warning and evacuation combined with flood wave propagation. Woodrow is also Co-developer of RMC-TotalRisk which is a risk analysis software package designed for dam and levee safety. Woodrow has obtained a B.S. in Environmental Science from Portland State University in 2005 and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2009.

Participants are able to select to attend either LifeSim on days 1-3, TotalRisk on days 4-5, or attend the full week of training at a reduced fee. Training sessions will be held in Brisbane and Melbourne.

The proposed program will be alternating theory and software lectures throughout the day. For participants to get the most benefit out of the training we are limiting the numbers to 50 at each venue. Once the seats are filled you will have the option to be added to a waitlist. We will consider running the course again in the future if there is enough interest.

Locations and dates and fees:

BRISBANE – 7-11th August 2023

Engineers Australia – Level 9, 340 Adelaide Street Brisbane QLD 4000

MELBOURNE – 14-18th August 2023

Engineers Australia – Level 31, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne Victoria 3000



Brisbane 7-11th August

Melbourne 14-18th August

Members – $2000

Non-members – $3500

LifeSim ONLY

Brisbane 7-9th August

Melbourne 14-16th August

Members – $1500

Non-members – $2700

TotalRisk ONLY

Brisbane 10-11th August

Melbourne 17-18th August

Members – $1000

Non-members – $1800

Note: All prices include GST.

Shared registrations are not possible for this event.

We ask organisations to be mindful of keeping this opportunity open to as many as possible by limiting registrations at each location to 5 participants.  For organisations wishing to register more than 5 participants, we request that you email [email protected] with specific requests.

As a benefit to our Members the non-member prices are significantly higher. We encourage non-members to submit an application to become a member.

Apply for membership today and save up to $1500 on your registration.

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Submit your application via one of the links above to become a member, then you can register at our member rate.

Contact [email protected] for any membership enquires.

Registration Terms Conditions – LifeSim & Total Risk Training Seminars

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