The British Dam Society
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About Dams

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A multidisciplinary team effort is required to plan and design a dam. Ultimately, a civil engineer is responsible for the structure, but the civil engineer relies on information and advice from a team of specialists.

These are some of specialists involved with the engineering design:

Other specialists are also involved in the planning of a dam, including economists who work out the costs of the project, and environmentalists, biologists and conservationists who consider the effects that a reservoir will have on the local environment and the animal and plant life.