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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.

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ICOLD Innovation Awards 2025

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) confers the International ICOLD Innovation Awards for innovative scientific and technical contributions, in the field of dams and reservoirs with special focus on their role in sustainable water resources management under consideration of environmental constraints. More information and details on how to apply can be found here.

Forthcoming BDS Events

The next BDS evening technical meeting will be on the 4th March 2024. This will be held at the ICE in London and will be streamed online. Our regional hubs will also be open for the event. This event, will be on The Victorian approach to the sustainability of British Dams; more information can be found on the Events page.

BRITISH DAM SOCIETY 22nd BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

At the 2024 conference the BDS wishes to reflect on how in recent years the industry has refocused to better understanding the risks associated with our dams and reservoirs and also try to understand the impacts climate change will have on the industry in future. 

Papers are invited to cover examples of and developments in the following topics: 

  • Risk assessments – research, case studies and guidance
  • Reducing risks - mitigations/improvements
  • Risks and impacts associated with climate change 
  • Service reservoirs and small raised reservoirs 
  • Legislation and guidance 
  • Developments of Reservoir Safety Management Plans (RSMP)

Landscape-led Design Principles and Guidance for New Reservoirs and Associated Infrastructure

The National Framework for Water Resources published by the Environment Agency in 2020, and the more recent regional water resource plans and water company Water Resource Management Plans consulted on in 2023 include the development of new water resources including over 10 new reservoirs over the next 25 years.  

International Symposium on Dams and Earthquakes

The 7th meeting of the European working group shall be in Athens between the 12th and 13th September 2024. For more information, please refer to the following link.  

Events

BDS Event:- Young Professionals CPD - TBC

Date: 29 February 2024
12:00 - 12:30

Location: Webinar

BDS Event:- The Victorian approach to the sustainability of British Dams

Date: 4 March 2024
18:00 - 19:30

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

BDS Young Professional Forum ICE 12:00 – 17:00,

Date: 22 April 2024
12:00 - 17:00

Location:

AGM & International Speaker ICE 18:00 – 20:00

Date: 22 April 2024
18:00 - 19:30

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

BDS Event:- Young Professionals CPD - TBC

Date: 24 April 2024
12:00 - 12:30

Location: Webinar

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