The British Dam Society
A growing, inclusive and vibrant society; sharing knowledge and improving reservoir safety


The following map provides links to active Dam Societies around the world with websites providing information in English


ICOLD Technical Committees

One of ICOLD’s functions over the years has been to distil best international practice on all aspects of dams. This is done by 26 Technical Committees drawn from their membership of over 90 countries. These are then published in the form of Bulletins of which to date ICOLD has published nearly 150.

The BDS is represented by a number of its members serving on these committees and a full list of the current UK members serving on ICOLD committees, and current vacancies, can be found here.

The BDS Committee has decided to financially support members who represent BDS on the ICOLD Technical Committees. Representatives are appointed by the BDS Main Committee and are expected to play an active part in ‘their’ Committee and to attend all meetings of that Committee.

BDS will contribute a total of £300 per annum towards each representative’s expenses on receipt of a full report in a form ready for publication in ‘Dams and Reservoirs’. This report should confirm attendance at the Annual Meeting of ICOLD, detail the work of the Committee and outline the content and progress of any bulletins. The report should be submitted to the BDS Technical Secretary who may ask for additional information before publication. The ‘main’ meeting of each Technical Committee is either at the Annual Meeting or during the Congress (which occurs every three years).

BDS members who would like to become a member of an ICOLD Committee should indicate their interest to the BDS Technical Secretary stating which Committee they would like to join with a statement that their employer will support them financially and allow time to attend the ICOLD Annual Meetings and Congresses around the world.

ASDSO - Association of State Dam Safety Officials

USSD - US Society on Dams

SANCOLD - South African Committee on Large Dams

ANCOLD - Australian National Committee on Large Dams Incorporated

CHINCOLD - Chinese National Committee on Large Dams

ATCOLD - Austrian Committee on Large Dams

SWEDCOLD - Swedish Committee on Large Dams

BDS - Britsish Dams Society