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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.

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BDS 14th Supervising Engineers' Forum - Call For Presentations

The BDS 14th Supervising Engineers' Forum will be held at the National Conference Centre (formerly known as the National Motorcycle Museum) in Solihull, near Birmingham, West Midlands, B92 0EJ on Thursday 12th September 2019.

The Forum will comprise four sessions including an Open Forum discussion.  The presentation topics are as follows, with a particular emphasis on the direct impact on, or experiences of, Supervising Engineers:

1)    Application of Legislation and use of Recent Guides,

2)    Assessment, Monitoring, Maintenance and Repairs,

3)    Incidents and lessons learned,

4)    The Panel Application Process, first time and re-appointments.

Synopses for presentations are requested relating to one of the above mentioned themes.  Alternatively, the final presentation may be submitted, if this is available.

Dams & Reservoirs Journal Specail Edition for Spetember 2019 - Your Help Required

The September 2019 issue will be a special edition covering the digital agenda, including CFD and automation. During the most recent BDS Conference in Swansea, a workshop was held to discuss CFD modelling and its application to the dams’ industry. The workshop gave an opportunity for a number of CFD practitioners to demonstrate the state of play and encouraged discussion on the challenges in application of this tool to the dams’ industry. The majority of the attendees were not CFD practitioners and it was highlighted that there has been a lack of guidance for specifying and reviewing CFD modelling.

ICOLD 2019 registration is now open!

Registration for ICOLD 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is now open.
 
Visit the ICOLD 2019 website for up-to-date information and descriptions of what is included with your registration - you will be asked to confirm your attendance at social activities and certain sessions when you register.

25th February 2019, Glasgow and Warrington Regional Hubs Panel Application Q&A Sessions

On 25th February 2019, there will be a Q&A session to discuss your questions on Panel Application prior to the evening meeting at the following Hubs:

Warrington Hub - open from 17:15 - with Keith Gardiner

Glasgow Hub – open from 17:30 – with Martin Hewitt

 

See 25th February BDS evening event regional hub details for further information in relation to registration for either of these sessions. Event listings available here.

Dates For Your Diary - Upcoming Events

Please find below details of upcoming BDS events.

25th February 2019: 18:00 - 19:30:  Comparing Levees With Dams – Finding Common Interest, Location: ICE London, Presenter: Dr Jonathan Simm, HR Wallingford Limited. 

7th March 2019: 10.00 - 17.00:  UK Reservoir Spillway Flood Hydrology (Joint BHS / BDS National Meeting), Location: ICE London, Presenters: Various.

15th April 2019: 18:00 - 19:30:  BDS AGM and Talybont Reservoir – Innovations for Pipework Replacement, Location: ICE London, Presenters: DCWW, MM and Edwards Diving Services.

Further details on the vents page here: https://britishdams.org/meetings-and-events/events-calendar

ICOLD Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams

The ICOLD Technical Committee on “Computational Aspects of Analysis and Design of Dams” announces the organisation of the 15th Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams that will be held in Milan on 9 to 11 September 2019.

ICOLD 2019 - 11th ICOLD European Club Symposium

Abstracts for the Symposium can be submitted online until 15 January 2019. Additionally, a two-day International Seminar on ‘Flood Management, spillway design and public safety’ will be held before the Symposium. Details on the program, abstract submission and International Seminar are given on the website.

Tailings Dam - Technology Update

A paper “Tailings Dam Design - Technology Update” has been submitted by the ICOLD Technical Committee for Tailings Dams & Waste Lagoons.

BDS Photography Competition – Requirements Update.

The 2019 BDS photography competition will now be subjected to automatic picture/ file size validation checks as part of the submission process.  The files will be checked to ensure the picture width is greater than 3000pixels and the file size is no larger than 6MB.

We are advertising this procedure now so that you have a chance to check and adjust your camera settings, thus ensuring any photographs you take in the intervening period will be compliant for submission in the 2019 photography competition. Happy snapping!!

ICOLD Circular Letter, Request for Technical Questions Proposals

ICOLD has requested proposals for technical questions for the 27th Congress in 2021. Proposed topics should meet the present concerns. Further details can be found here. Please send any proposed questions to HonTechSec@britishdams.org by 21 December 2018.

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