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

ICOLD - Free Technical Sessions

The 27th ICOLD Congress starts in Marseille on Friday 27th May 2022 and runs until Friday 3rd June. Over 1267 delegates from 70 countries will be attending the event. The Organising Committee is offering non-delegates remote access to some of the technical committee workshops on Saturday 28th May and some special sessions on Tuesday 31st May.

European Working Group on Internal Erosion

The 28th Annual Meeting of the European Working Group on Internal Erosion (EWG‐IE) will be held at the University of Sheffield from 18th to 21st July 2022. Following the EWG-IE-27 in Vancouver in June 2019, the Sheffield meeting will provide a forum for sharing novel ideas and recent advances on topics related to internal erosion through water-retaining structures, such as embankment dams, levees and dikes, and in their foundations. Researchers, scientists and engineers, from the private and public sector, in Europe and elsewhere, are welcome. 

Next BDS evening meeting

The next BDS evening meeting will be on 11th July 2022. The meeting will be held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street and online and will be titled “PMP / PMF Determination”. More details regarding this event will follow on the BDS Events Calendar.

Last BDS evening meeting - now available

The BDS International Lecture titled ‘Dam safety management in Queensland, Australia’ presented by Tracey Williamson on 25 April 2022 is now available to view online using the Listen Again section on the BDS website. 

Next BDS Meeting: AGM & International Lecture - Monday 25th April 2022 at 6pm

This month’s evening meeting will be our AGM followed by our biennial International Lecture. This year we welcome Tracey Williamson, former BDS Chair and Fellow of the ICE, who will be presenting on Dam Safety Management in Queensland, Australia. She will compare and contrast the dam safety regimes practiced in the UK and Queensland, whilst highlighting some of the dams she has inspected.


ICOLD Event:- Technical Committees Online Sessions (Zoom links in Flyer)

Date: 28 May 2022
07:00 - 15:00

Location: Online only

ICOLD Event:- Special Sessions (Zoom links in Flyer)

Date: 31 May 2022
07:00 - 12:00

Location: Online only

BDS Event:- PMP/PMF Determination

Date: 11 July 2022
18:00 - 19:30

Location: ICE, One Great George Street

BDS Event:- BDS 21st Biennial Conference

Date: 14 - 17 September 2022

Location: University of Nottingham

BDS Event:- CIRIA Siphons Guide

Date: 3 October 2022
18:00 - 19:30

Location: ICE, One Great George Street

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