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

CIWEM Webinar - Global engineering response to the Kakhovka Dam breach failure in Ukraine

CIWEM are hosting an online webinar about the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam on 3rd October 2023. Information about the event can be accessed here. This lunchtime webinar is produced in collaboration with the CIWEM Rivers & Coastal group, the CIWEM Welsh Branch, and Arcadis. The panellists will discuss the global engineering response to the 2023 breach of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine.

Post-incident reporting for Reservoirs

The Environment Agency has published its annual post-incident report on reservoir safety incidents in England. Six incidents are included in the report, which can be found here

Forthcoming BDS Events

The next BDS evening technical meeting will be on 2nd October 2023. This will be held at the ICE in London. The topic to be presented on in the evening shall be the discontinuance of reservoirs.

There are two upcoming site visits planned, Calverley FSR near Leeds and Bradford on 28th September, and Toddbrook on the new date of 2nd February 2023. Details and registration for the site visit to Calverley can be found here.

Reservoir Safety Reform Programme Information Page

The next BDS YP CPD lunchtime event will be held on Thursday 24th August, starting at 12:00. This will be a presentation given by Naimh McElroy on a brief summary on the impending Northern Irish Reservoir Act and how Northern Ireland Water are getting ready and compliant for its inception. A recording of the event will be available afterwards in the members area of the BDS website.

Supervising Engineers' Forum 2023 – Registration Deadline Today

The 2023 Supervising Engineers' Forum will be held on Thursday 7th September 2023. Registration for the event is open. Further details including how to register can be found here.


BDS Event:- Lessons Learnt from Reservoir Discontinuances

Date: 2 October 2023
18:00 - 19:30

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

HYDRO 2023

Date: 16 - 18 October 2023

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

BDS Event:- Young Professionals CPD - TBC

Date: 26 October 2023
12:00 - 12:30

Location: Webinar

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