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

Forthcoming BDS Events

The next BDS evening technical meeting will be on 10th July 2023. This will be held at the ICE in London. The meeting will present an update from various ICOLD Technical Committee Representatives following the ICOLD conference. Full details of the event, how to join online, and how to attend one of our regional hubs for the evening are available on the Events page of our website.

Forthcoming ICE Events

The ICE will host an online presentation about the Teton dam failure on 23rd May 2023 at 6pm. More information about this event is available at

2023 BDS Photography Competition

The 2023 Photography Competition is now open. Entries will close on the 25th August 2023. The prizes will be awarded at the SE Forum on the 7th September 2023. Information about the competition can be found here.

BDS members will be able to access the competition upload portal via the Members Area on the website.

Reservoir Safety Reform Programme Update (England)

An update on progress with the Reform Programme was published by Defra and the Environmental Agency on 6th April. The update can be viewed here:

ICOLD 2023 – Gothenberg, Sweden

Registration is still open for the 91st ICOLD Annual Meeting to be held in Gothenberg, Sweden from 11th to 15th June 2023.  The BDS would like to encourage as many of its members to attend this event as possible given its European location. A full programme of events and details for registration are on the event website. Early Bird registration rates are available until 27th March 2023.


ICOLD Event:- 2023 Annual Meeting

Date: 11 - 15 June 2023

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

ICOLD 2024 Abstract Submission Deadline

Date: 30 June 2023


BDS Event:- Update from ICOLD

Date: 10 July 2023
18:00 - 19:30

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

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