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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.

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.

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.

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.

ANCOLD Dam Operators Forum 2018

We have been notified that the ANCOLD Dam Operators Forum 2018 will be held on 16-17 April 2018 in Kununurra, Western Australia.

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.

Representation of ICOLD Technical Committees

The BDS is currently seeking nominees for UK representatives on specific ICOLD Technical Committees 

Natural Resources Wales Guide to Reservoir Safety Charging Scheme

Natural Resources Wales have published a guide detailing their 2017-2018 Reservoir Safety Charging Scheme.

New research kicks off on the performance of dams under overtopping

There is a recognition of the need to better understand performance of both flood defence and reservoir embankments in resisting erosion under overtopping. In the UK, it is planned in due course to carry out a comprehensive five year research project to include field trials to assess erodibility of grass and soil. This coincides with ICOLD setting up a technical committee on Levees, set up to build upon ongoing collaboration between similar existing committees in the US and Europe. EURCOLD is holding an International Workshop on Embankment and Concrete Dams Overflowing Erosion in France in December, with a number of representatives from the UK attending.