About BDS

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.

Aims and Objectives

BDS exists to advance the education of the public and the profession in technical subjects relating to planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, safety, environmental and social issues.

At a national level BDS organises:

  • Programme of London and regional meetings
  • BDS Conference and Geoffrey Binnie Lecture, held biennially
  • Dams & Reservoirs, the journal of the British Dam Society published three times a year
  • The Supervising Engineers Forum, held biennially
  • Various awards and competitions including the Bateman award, the BDS prize for young authors, student and photographic competitions

At an international level BDS:

Acts as the United Kingdom National Committee of ICOLD (UKCOLD) and is active in:

  • Technical committees producing bulletins
  • ICOLD Congress every three years
  • ICOLD Annual meetings

At a European level BDS is active on most of the European Working Groups

Structure of BDS

BDS is governed by a main committee that consists of elected and nominated members. The committee consists of:

  • Chairman - elected for two years
  • Vice-chairman - elected for two years and to take over as Chairman
  • Up to 12 elected members elected for three years, 4 replaced each year
  • Up to 3 members nominated by the BDS chairman
  • Honorary Officers - Technical Secretary; Website Manager; Editor of Dams and Reservoirs; YP Representative

Committee Members

View our committee members here.


View our constitution here.