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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 Conference 2020 - We Need Your Help

We are looking for volunteers interested in assisting with the organisation of the next conference,

Additionally,

We are looking for proposals for a suitable venue.

BDS Dissertation Prize 2018

In 2018 the British Dam Society will run its inaugural dissertation prize competition. This competition aims to capture, publicize and recognize some of the excellent ongoing research into dams by undergraduate and taught post-graduate students based in the UK.

 

ICOLD 2019 - Sustainable and Safe Dams Around the World - Call for Abstracts and Technical Papers

Theme: Sustainable and Safe Dams Around the World

The theme will be addressed through technical papers and a poster session presented on the following topics.

1) Innovation

Recent advancements and techniques for investigation, design, construction, operation and maintenance of water or tailings dams and spillways.

2) Sustainable Development

Planning, design, construction, operation, decommissioning and closure management strategies for water resources or tailings dams (e.g. climate change, sedimentation, environmental protection, risk management).

3) Hazards

Design mitigation and management of hazards to water or tailings dams, appurtenant structures, spillways and reservoirs (e.g. floods, seismic, landslides).

4) Extreme Conditions

Management for water or tailings dams (e.g. permafrost and ice loading, arid/wet climates, geo-hazards).

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 19th October 2018.

Young Professionals (age 35 and under) are especially encouraged to submit papers and posters for the Symposium.

EA Interpretation On Timing Of Inspections Under The Reservoirs Act 1975 (England)

The Environment Agency, as enforcement authority for England, has produced their interpretation of the required timing of service reservoir inspections and the 1st inspection after a section 8 inspection under the Reservoirs Act 1975 in England.

The Reservoir Safety Advisory Group (RSAG) Has A New Name

The Reservoir Safety Advisory Group (RSAG) has a new name to better describe what the Group do – they are now called the Research Advisory Group for Reservoir Safety (RAGRS).

Hydropower-Europe Project

ICOLD was successful in winning funds for this project with the aims to: (1) engage all relevant stakeholders; (2) address the challenges and prioritize needs (3) write and disseminate the research agenda and the technology road map up to 2050.

ICID request for nominations to join Working Groups

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) has advised that they are setting up two new approved Working Groups and proposing three others.

Notice of Elections of New Members to the ICE Reservoirs Committee

Applications are requested for a forthcoming vacancy on the Reservoirs Committee. From the October 2018 meeting the Committee will be appointing three Supervising Engineers to the Committee.  

Water Power & Dam Construction - A Work Place for Women - Article by BDS Chair

The current BDS Chair, Tracey Williamson, was interviewed by Water Power & Dam Construction and talks about being the first female BDS Chair and the importance of promoting women in Dam Engineering

ICOLD Circular Letters

ICOLD Circular Letters: The following letters have been circulated by ICOLD Committees for comment:

 

  • CL 1934 – A paper “Dam Surveillance - Lessons learnt from case histories” submitted by the Committee on Dam Surveillance,
  • CL 1935 – The final agenda of the ICOLD 86th General Assembly is available.

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