What is BDS?

The British Dam Society (BDS) 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.

BDS News

NRW Charging Scheme Consultation

The charging scheme in Wales has been in place since 2017 and is currently open to public consultation on some of the changes proposed to the registration and notification fees. Whilst this predominantly affects undertakers in Wales, BDS members may also wish to contribute: Consultation on our regulatory fees and charges for 2023/2024.

Online Survey about Flood Hydrology Methods

The Environment Agency is conducting research to better understand how open methods could be adopted for operational flood hydrology. This includes both flood estimation for design / planning and flood forecasting.  The project covers flooding from rivers, surface water, groundwater and reservoirs. The project is seeking to identify the benefits, risks and requirements for moving towards approaches that use open methods.

21st Biennial Conference

Last week saw 280 attendees and 12 exhibitors at our 21st Biennial conference held in Nottingham. It had been four years since the last conference in Swansea and it was fantastic to see the reservoir safety community back together again. Over the three and a half days there were 24 technical presentations, 4 site visits, 16 workshops and a packed evening social programme including the new exhibitor reception, YP Quiz and a fantastic the Geoffrey Binnie lecture by Tim Hill.

Forthcoming BDS Evening Events

The next evening event on the forthcoming CIRIA guide covering ‘Design, installation, operation, management and testing of siphons in dams’ will be held on Monday 3rd October 2022. This event will be held at the ICE Building at One Great George Street as well as streamed live. 

BDS Photography Competition 2022

The 2022 British Dam Society Photography competition is now open. This is your chance to have your photograph published in the Dams and Reservoirs Journal, BDS Yearbook and featured on the BDS website. There are also cash prizes to be won, with a 1st prize of £200, 2nd prize of £100 and 3rd prize of £50. The competition is open to members of the BDS, ICE, Engineering Students and all staff of Corporate BDS members. Photographers are entitled to submit two photographs.


BDS Event - Innovative underwater isolations for valve and pipework replacement

Date: 9 January 2023
18:00 - 19:30

Location: One Great George Street

BDS Event:- Grass cover – improving establishment and resilience to deal with increasing stresses

Date: 6 March 2023
18:00 - 19:30

Location: ICE, One Great George Street, Godfrey Mitchell Theatre

BDS Event:- AGM

Date: 24 April 2023
18:00 - 20:00

Location: ICE, One Great George Street, Godfrey Mitchell Theatre

ICOLD Event:- 2023 Annual Meeting

Date: 11 - 15 June 2023

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

ICOLD 2024 Abstract Submission Deadline

Date: 30 June 2023


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