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The 16th British Dam Society (BDS) Conference will be held at the University of Strathclyde between the 23rd and 26th June 2010.

The BDS invites all from the European and the wider family of ICOLD to participate in the conference which will include technical presentations, technical visits and the prestige Geoffrey Binnie lecture, being presented by John Cowie.  In addition, there will be an exhibition area and a full accompanying persons programme in and around the Strathclyde area.

The conference will commence with arrivals in the afternoon/evening of Wednesday 23rd June.  On Thursday 24th June there will be presentations of technical papers, the Geoffrey Binnie Lecture, and the Conference Dinner.  Friday 25th June will be devoted to technical papers followed by visits to dams and water infrastructure in the surrounding area.  There will be further presentations of technical papers on the morning of Saturday 26th June with the Conference concluding at lunchtime.

Conference Topics

Papers have been invited under the following themes:

  • Lessons learnt from failures and other incidents.
  • Extending the asset lives of reservoirs to meet future demands.
  • Dam breach analysis, dam break modelling and emergency planning.
  • The use of risk assessment techniques.
  • Discontinuance and abandonment of dams.
  • The use and performance of new materials and methods in dam design and remediation.
  • The use of novel construction techniques to improve value for money.
  • The effects of climate change and impact of recent flood events on dam design/remediation .
  • Rehabilitation case histories.
  • Problems at small high hazard reservoirs.
  • Research into dam design, construction and performance.
  • Instrumentation, monitoring and inspection to ensure ongoing safety and performance
  • Environmental impacts of reservoirs.
  • Effects of potential changes in legislation

Link here for more detailed information on the conference programme

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