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What is BDS?

The British Dam Society is an Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers. It consists of individual and corporate members. It is open to anyone wanting to share experience or knowledge of all aspects of dams and reservoirs.

Internal Erosion Update

Our representative on the ICOLD Embankments Technical Committee, Rod Bridle, has sent the following update:

This year there are two Internal Erosion Meetings, ICSE9 in Taiwan in November and the 26th European Working Group on Internal Erosion (EWGIE) in Milan.

Research on Flood Hydrology

The Environment Agency has advised that they are going to develop a ‘Flood Hydrology Road Map’ to set out a future vision for flood hydrology and a plan to deliver it across both forecasting and long-term flood risk, which will cover reservoir flood hydrology.

New Environmental Permitting Guidance for Reservoir Operators Produced by the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency, which regulates discharges from reservoir scour valves in England, has produced new environmental permitting guidance for reservoir operators.

Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 - New Guidance on Discontinuance and Abandonment

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), who regulate reservoirs in Scotland under the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011, has produced some new guidance on Discontinuance and Abandonment.

A Guide to Breach Prediction

Under the supervision of breach experts, Dr Mark Morris and Dr Mohamed Hassan, at HR Wallingford, a summer student from Surrey University undertook an independent review of the current state-of-breach models available across the world, and produced a ‘Dummies Guide’ type report on the different techniques that can be used to model a breach

ICOLD European Club Dam Legislation report

The Working Group on Dam Legislation has re-issued this report following an update by the Netherlands.

ICOLD Circular Letters

ICOLD Circular Letters: The following letters have been circulated by ICOLD Committees for comment:

  • CL 1928 – A paper “Blockage of Spillways and Outlet Works” submitted by the Committee on Hydraulics for Dams & the Committee on Flood Evaluation and Dam Safety is being circulated for consideration,
  • CL 1929 – A paper on “Roller-Compacted Concrete Dams” submitted by the Committee on Concrete Dams is being circulated for consideration,
  • CL 1931 – A paper on “Operation of Hydraulic Structures of Dams” submitted by the Committee on Operation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Dams is being circulated for consideration,
  • CL 1933 – A paper on “Asphalt Concrete Cores for Embankment Dams” submitted by the Committee on Embankment Dams is being circulated for consideration.

Be Part of the ICE200 Bicentenary Celebrations

Two hundred videos are being created and promoted on the ICE website on the ‘What is Civil Engineering?’ web pages. View the first 20 already uploaded.

Link to the ICE website here.

UK Reservoir Engineers Cited in Dam Inspection Special Feature of International Water Power & Dam Construction Publication

The Modern Dam Engineer article in the November editon of the International Water Power & Dam Construction Publication.

Like many industries, the dam industry is influenced by both internal and external factors which can prompt change. IWP&DC was interested in finding out if such elements have affected the engineer's working life when inspecting dams. We asked members of the industry for their own thoughts about the role of the modern dam engineer: Has this changed in recent years? Are engineers faced with increased challenges? And will this role continue to evolve?

 

EA Reservoir Safety Biennial Report: April 2015 to December 2016

The EA have published their Biennial reservoir safety report.