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Toddbrook Seminar, 6 July

Our next event will be the on-line seminar covering the incident at Toddbrook Reservoir and the subsequent investigations. To book and view this event, go the ICE website.  If you previously booked a place in March prior to the postponement you may have been contacted already by the ICE and should not need to re-book. The event is free. Further details can be found on our website here. Note that a selection of presentations will be available to view on the ICE website ahead of the seminar from 29 June.

The terms of reference for Part B of the Toddbrook investigation can be viewed here.

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BDS conference and other 2020 events

It is likely that mass gatherings for conferences and evening meetings will not be permitted for some time to come. This has inevitably impacted our event planning, most notably the BDS Conference. In addition to the high risk of government restrictions affecting our ability to host this conference, we are mindful of the economic conditions arising from the present crisis that will prevent many members gaining financial support to attend the event. We presently have no plans to open registration for the conference. We are working with the University of Nottingham and we will confirm the date of the next conference as soon as we can.

We plan to host the International Lecture by Quentin Shaw in May or June by video conference. Full details will be provided in the coming weeks.

The Toddbrook Seminar is scheduled for 6 July. This will be presented only by video link and further details will be provided in due course.

We are planning a one-day virtual seminar, the BDS seminar, on 18 September, to deliver presentations on a wide range of subjects. The Bateman Prize winner will be announced during the seminar. This event, and the Toddbrook Seminar, will be recorded so that you can either attend the event on the day or view it later through use of the recordings. For a limited time after these events, we will welcome written questions on the presentations from members. All questions and responses will subsequently be added to the event link.

 

The AGM and Binnie Lecture will be held on 5 October. This is also presently planned as an on-line only event. 

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ICOLD event changes

The ICOLD 2020 conference in New Delhi has been further postponed and is currently scheduled to take place on 28 November to 3 December. Details are available here.

The ICOLD Congress and Symposium in Marseilles, France is scheduled for June 2021. The deadline for abstracts for the Congress will be announced later in the year. The abstracts deadline for the Symposium has been extended to 15 May.

The European Working Group on Internal Erosion meeting in Sheffield has been postponed to July 2021.

 

The planned ICOLD 2022 and ICOLD 2023 Annual Meetings have been swapped: ICOLD 2022 will now take place in Gothenburg, Sweden and ICOLD 2023 will take place in Shiraz, Iran.

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BDS Toddbrook Reservoir Seminar and International Speaker events postponed

We deeply regret that, principally due to concerns regarding the coronavirus, we are unable to schedule the seminar on the Toddbrook Reservoir incident on 16 March. The new date proposed for the event is Monday 6th July at the ICE, London. The postponement will allow the membership to become more aware of the incident details ahead of the seminar. Firstly, we plan to host a technical site meeting at Toddbrook Reservoir site on 21 April, assuming that no health restrictions apply to such an event with small groups at the time. Details will be provided shortly. Secondly, we understand that the Government Independent Review report (which was originally due to be released at the end of 2019) will be released in the coming days. The CRT investigation report is likely to be released at the same time. Our members will now have good time to read these reports well before the seminar.

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Impact of Coronavirus on ICOLD and BDS events

ICOLD has announced that the 2020 annual meeting scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India on 4-10 April will now be held on 26 September – 1 October on account of the present global health concerns. You can read the announcement on the ICOLD site: www.icold2020.org. If you are aware on any persons planning to travel to the event who are not members of the BDS please forward this message accordingly.

The BDS seminar on the Toddbrook Reservoir incident and response at the ICE in London on 16 March is currently still scheduled. If you have booked a place to attend but subsequently decide to view the event remotely please let the ICE know so that catering requirements can be adjusted accordingly.

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2018 PIR annual report

The 2018 post-incident reporting annual report for England has been published by the Environment Agency and is available here.

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ICOLD Update

ICOLD has been working on an international declaration on the safety of dams and this has now been published and uploaded to our website.

ICOLD are seeking comments on the paper “Dam failures - statistical analysis” by 15 March. The paper can be found on the ICOLD website (Circular Letter 1964).

The European Working Group on Internal Erosion will host a meeting in Sheffield on 7-10 July. Abstracts are requested before 15 March. Details can be found here.

 

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Toddbrook Reservoir Incident Seminar

Members can now register a place at the upcoming Toddbrook Reservoir Incident day seminar, which will take place on 16th March 2020 at One Great George Street, London. Registration is free but required for attendance. The programme for the day can be found here.

 

To register, users should go to www.ice.org.uk/events/private-events/the-toddbrook-reservoir-incident-london.

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ICOLD Update

Bulletins 150 (Cutoffs for Dams) and 160 (Dam decommissioning guidelines) are available to view on the ICOLD website.

Comments are invited on the draft bulletin Flood evaluation, hazard determination and risk management. 

This year’s annual meeting of ICOLD is in New Delhi, India in the week commencing 6 April.

Planning is already well underway for the 2021 ICOLD Congress in Marseilles, France which will be held on 5-11 June 2021.

 

 

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BDS Dissertation Prize

This prize is awarded based on research dissertations submitted as part of a BEng, MEng, or MSc degree.  Three prizes will be awarded (1st, 2nd, 3rd).  The original deadline for submission is Jan 20 2020 and the university should submit on behalf of the students.  We are extending the deadline to Feb 28 2020.

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BDS Undergraduate Research Bursary

This year we have relaunched this bursary scheme with a new format.  The BDS is inviting academic staff to submit research proposals in topics related to dams and reservoirs engineering. Proposals should include the name of the student selected by the supervisor to carry out the study during the summer of 2020 - contact details are within the news item page. The deadline is Feb 28 2020.

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21st BDS Conference

The 21st BDS Conference will be held at the University of Nottingham between 16th and 19th September 2020.

The main theme of the conference will be; Sustainability within the context of UK dam development, management and operation.

Synopses, maximum 250 words, should be submitted by 30th November 2019 to the BDS Honorary Technical Secretary.

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10th International Conference on Scour and Erosion (ICSE 10) - Call for Abstracts

The conference theme is: understanding of processes and design for protection/mitigation from scour and erosion through integration of hydraulics and geotechnics.

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts for papers up to 300 words, which should include the title of the article, name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), postal and electronic addresses, and at least three keywords. 

To submit your abstract, please fill out the submission form and upload your abstract on the webpage available here

Abstract Submission Due: August 31, 2019 

Notification of Acceptance: September 15, 2019

Manuscripts Due: December 15, 2019

Final Publication-Ready Manuscripts Due: April 30, 2020.

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BDS SE Forum 2019 - Seven days remaining to book!

Registration for the 2019 BDS SE Forum in Birmingham closes at midnight on Friday 30th August 2019

Delegate registrations have now passed 150 and continue to rise

Full details of the event can be found on the following link: https://britishdams.org/meetings-and-events/supe-forum/  

Please note that individual invoices and receipts are available from your BDS SE Forum account (not members area).

Don’t miss out. Book now!

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2019 BDS Prize - Young Persons Paper Competition

The BDS Prize Competition for young engineers is open to BDS members under 35 years of age on the date of the competition.

The submitted paper (2,500 words) will be on a topic of dam engineering relating to the author's experience in reservoir research, design, construction, operation, maintenance or supervision. Participants must be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken a significant role, relative to their level of experience, in the project or topic. There must be only one author per paper.

Further details on the flyer available here.

The next competition will take place on 18th November 2019 at the Institution of Civil Engineers where the following prizes will be contested.

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BDS Photography Competition 2019

Submit your photographs without delay to be in with a chance of winning the 1st prize of £200; 2nd Prize of £100 or 3rd Prize of £50 and having your photographs published in Dams & Reservoirs and/or used on the BDS website.

Photographs to be submitted via the Member's Area of the BDS website (https://britishdams.org/members-area/bds-members-area/competitions)

The BDS photography competition will now be subjected to automatic picture/ file size validation checks as part of the submission process.  The files will be checked to ensure the picture width is greater than 3000pixels and the file size is no larger than 6MB - any photographs not meeting these requirements will be rejected.

Closing date for entries is 31st October 2019 and the winners will be announced at the BDS Prize Meeting on 18th November 2019

Full details can be found on the competition poster available here.

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Registration for the 14th Supervising Engineers' Forum.

Registration for the 14th BDS Supervising Engineers' Forum is open.

The Supervising Engineers' Forum will be held on Thursday 12th September 2019 at the National Conference Centre, Solihull near Birmingham.

For further details and to register your attendance at the event please visit the SE Forum page (link here)

The final closing date for registration is Friday 30th August 2019. Registrations after this date cannot be accepted.

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Toddbrook Reservoir Incident

I am sure that all of our members are concerned with the recent and on-going events at Toddbrook Reservoir. At the present time the dam has yet to be declared safe for the return of the residents.

The BDS and ICE has been giving interviews to the media in relation to the on-going incident. I am sure you can imagine and appreciate that the number of requests for interviews has far exceeded our capacity to respond.

The dam is a 24m high Pennine embankment dam dating from 1831. Works were carried out in the 1970’s to provide an auxiliary spillway on the embankment. We have no doubt that a formal investigation of the incident will be carried out on behalf of the Environment Agency in due course.

The BDS will do all that we can to help share the lessons to be learned from this incident and to encourage debate in due course.

In the meantime our thoughts are with the residents of Whaley Bridge.

Alan Warren
BDS Chair
 

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Contact details for Media Enquiries

The contact details for any media enquiries to the BDS is media@britishdams.org

 

This email is monitored and a response to your enquiry will be made as soon as possible by one of our team.

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Notice of Elections of New Members to the ICE Reservoirs Committee

Applications are requested for forthcoming vacancies on the Reservoirs Committee. From the October 2019 meeting the Committee will be appointing 1 Supervising Engineer and 2 All Reservoirs Panel Engineers to the Committee.

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The BDS Needs You!

To assist in our search for a replacement/trainee webmaster we have produced information on the role which can be accessed here.  You do not need to be an IT specialist to fit the role. If you are interested please contact the BDS Chair (alan.warren@mottmac.com) no later than 11 October 2019.

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BDS Photography Competition – Requirements Update.

The 2019 BDS photography competition will now be subjected to automatic picture/ file size validation checks as part of the submission process.  The files will be checked to ensure the picture width is greater than 3000pixels and the file size is no larger than 6MB.

We are advertising this procedure now so that you have a chance to check and adjust your camera settings, thus ensuring any photographs you take in the intervening period will be compliant for submission in the 2019 photography competition. Happy snapping!!

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Upcoming Events

Please find below details of upcoming BDS events.

8th July 2019: 18:00 - 19.30:    Public Safety at UK Reservoirs,  Location: ICE London and four regional hubs (Warrington, Leeds, Cardiff and Glasgow), Presenters: Stephen Naylor and Bridget Ellerington (Environment Agency) and Helen Casselden and Douglas Malte-Keeble (United Utilities).

11th July 2019: 13.30 - 16.00:    Technical Site Visit to Thornton Reservoir, Location: Leicester

 

Further details on the events page here: https://britishdams.org/meetings-and-events/events-calendar 

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STOP PRESS! - The BDS Technical Site Visit to Thornton Reservoir is Postponed Until 11th July 2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances the site visit originally planned for Thursday 13th June 2019 has had to be postponed until Thursday 11th July 2019.

 

Revised details are on the events page of the BDS website: https://britishdams.org/meetings-and-events/events-calendar 

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BDS 14th Supervising Engineers' Forum - Call For Presentations

The BDS 14th Supervising Engineers' Forum will be held at the National Conference Centre (formerly known as the National Motorcycle Museum) in Solihull, near Birmingham, West Midlands, B92 0EJ on Thursday 12th September 2019.

The Forum will comprise four sessions including an Open Forum discussion.  The presentation topics are as follows, with a particular emphasis on the direct impact on, or experiences of, Supervising Engineers:

1)    Application of Legislation and use of Recent Guides,

2)    Assessment, Monitoring, Maintenance and Repairs,

3)    Incidents and lessons learned,

4)    The Panel Application Process, first time and re-appointments.

Synopses for presentations are requested relating to one of the above mentioned themes.  Alternatively, the final presentation may be submitted, if this is available.

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A New Flood Hydrology Road Map for the UK

The Environment Agency are seeking views on the future direction of flood hydrology research and would like your views on the draft material. Further details available here.

 

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Dams & Reservoirs Journal Special Edition for Spetember 2019 - Your Help Required

The September 2019 issue will be a special edition covering the digital agenda, including CFD and automation. During the most recent BDS Conference in Swansea, a workshop was held to discuss CFD modelling and its application to the dams’ industry. The workshop gave an opportunity for a number of CFD practitioners to demonstrate the state of play and encouraged discussion on the challenges in application of this tool to the dams’ industry. The majority of the attendees were not CFD practitioners and it was highlighted that there has been a lack of guidance for specifying and reviewing CFD modelling.

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EA Reservoir Safety Biennial Report: January 2017 to December 2018

The EA have published their Biennial reservoir safety report for the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018 which sets out actions the Environment Agency has taken in its role as the reservoir regulator.

The report is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reservoir-safety-biennial-report 

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SEPA Guidance Documents For Completion Of Engineer Reports And Written Statements.

SEPA, in consultation with members of the Scottish reservoirs industry, have recently produced two guidance documents regarding the completion of Schedule 12 - Inspection Reports and Schedule 15 – Supervising Engineer Written Statements.

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Incident Reporting At Scottish Reservoirs

Although the reporting of incidents at reservoirs is still undertaken on a voluntary basis in Scotland, as the relevant section of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act is yet to be commenced, it was recognised that it would be good practice to encourage reservoir managers to report any incidents occurring at their reservoir.

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2018 BDS Conference Proceedings – Discussions Notes

The 2018 BDS conference proceedings webpage has been updated to include the discussion notes for the six technical presentation sessions.

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ICOLD Technical Reports For Review

Several draft bulletins are currently being reviewed prior to finalisation and approval at this year’s ICOLD Annual Meeting.

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BDS Mentoring Scheme

This BDS initiative is aimed at helping BDS Members of any age or discipline to achieve their goals within the dams and reservoirs profession.

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ICOLD 2019 registration is now open!

Registration for ICOLD 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is now open.
 
Visit the ICOLD 2019 website for up-to-date information and descriptions of what is included with your registration - you will be asked to confirm your attendance at social activities and certain sessions when you register.

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25th February 2019, Glasgow and Warrington Regional Hubs Panel Application Q&A Sessions

On 25th February 2019, there will be a Q&A session to discuss your questions on Panel Application prior to the evening meeting at the following Hubs:

Warrington Hub - open from 17:15 - with Keith Gardiner

Glasgow Hub – open from 17:30 – with Martin Hewitt

 

See 25th February BDS evening event regional hub details for further information in relation to registration for either of these sessions. Event listings available here.

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ICOLD Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams

The ICOLD Technical Committee on “Computational Aspects of Analysis and Design of Dams” announces the organisation of the 15th Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams that will be held in Milan on 9 to 11 September 2019.

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ICOLD 2019 - 11th ICOLD European Club Symposium

Abstracts for the Symposium can be submitted online until 15 January 2019. Additionally, a two-day International Seminar on ‘Flood Management, spillway design and public safety’ will be held before the Symposium. Details on the program, abstract submission and International Seminar are given on the website.

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Tailings Dam - Technology Update

A paper “Tailings Dam Design - Technology Update” has been submitted by the ICOLD Technical Committee for Tailings Dams & Waste Lagoons.

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ICOLD Circular Letter, Request for Technical Questions Proposals

ICOLD has requested proposals for technical questions for the 27th Congress in 2021. Proposed topics should meet the present concerns. Further details can be found here. Please send any proposed questions to HonTechSec@britishdams.org by 21 December 2018.

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FINAL REMINDER! ICOLD 2019 Abstracts for Technical Papers and Posters

Abstract submission deadline 19th October 2018.

Theme: Sustainable and Safe Dams Around the World.

Contribute your knowledge to 2019's leading conference on dams. We invite you to submit an abstract for a technical paper or poster to be presented at the International Commission on Large Dams, June 2019 in Ottawa, Canada.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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BDS Photography Competition 2018 is Now Open!

Submit your photographs without delay to be in with a chance of winning the 1st prize of £200; 2nd Prize of £100 or 3rd Prize of £50 and having your photographs published in Dams & Reservoirs and/or used on the BDS website.

Closing date for entries is 7th September 2018 and the winners will be announced at the BDS 20th Biennial Conference.

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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).

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Registration for the 20th Biennial BDS Conference Has Now Closed

Registration for the 20th Biennial BDS Conference in Swansea has now closed.

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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.

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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.

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BDS Conference 2018 - Five days remaining to book

Registration for the 2018 BDS Conference in Swansea closes at midnight on 31st July 2018!

 

Delegate registrations have now passed 200 and continue to rise! Some site visits and workshops are close to capacity so book now to avoid disappointment.

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BDS Conference 2018 - Ten days remaining to book

Registration for the 2018 BDS Conference in Swansea closes at midnight on 31st July 2018!

Delegate registrations have now passed 200 and continue to rise! Some site visits and workshops are close to capacity so book now to avoid disappointment.

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2018 BDS Conference, Swansea - Registration Closes in 20 Days!

Only 20 days left before registration for the 2018 BDS Conference in Swansea closes! It’s lining up to be a diverse, thought-provoking and stimulating programme with technical sessions, workshops and site visits; not forgetting plenty of networking opportunities. 

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2018 BDS Conference, Swansea - Book now!

Only 28 days left to register for the 2018 BDS Conference in Swansea! Delegate and exhibition registrations are going very well with good participation levels in all of the technical workshops and site visits.

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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.

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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.  

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BDS Conference 2018 Registration

The BDS Conference registration website is open: https://britishdams.org/meetings-and-events/bds-conferences/bds-conference-registration.

Update:  Currently 29 organisations and 11 exhibitors have registered across 5 countries – UK, Germany, South Africa, Netherlands and USA

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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

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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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New Environmental Permitting Guidance for Reservoir Operators Produced by the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency, which regulates discharges from reservoir scour valves in England, has produced new environmental permitting guidance for reservoir operators.

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Internal Erosion Update

Our representative on the ICOLD Embankments Technical Committee, Rod Bridle, has sent the following update:

This year there are two Internal Erosion Meetings, ICSE9 in Taiwan in November and the 26th European Working Group on Internal Erosion (EWGIE) in Milan.

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Research on Flood Hydrology

The Environment Agency has advised that they are going to develop a ‘Flood Hydrology Road Map’ to set out a future vision for flood hydrology and a plan to deliver it across both forecasting and long-term flood risk, which will cover reservoir flood hydrology.

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Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 - New Guidance on Discontinuance and Abandonment

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), who regulate reservoirs in Scotland under the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011, has produced some new guidance on Discontinuance and Abandonment.

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A Guide to Breach Prediction

Under the supervision of breach experts, Dr Mark Morris and Dr Mohamed Hassan, at HR Wallingford, a summer student from Surrey University undertook an independent review of the current state-of-breach models available across the world, and produced a ‘Dummies Guide’ type report on the different techniques that can be used to model a breach

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ICOLD European Club Dam Legislation report

The Working Group on Dam Legislation has re-issued this report following an update by the Netherlands.

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ICOLD Circular Letters

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

  • CL 1928 – A paper “Blockage of Spillways and Outlet Works” submitted by the Committee on Hydraulics for Dams & the Committee on Flood Evaluation and Dam Safety is being circulated for consideration,
  • CL 1929 – A paper on “Roller-Compacted Concrete Dams” submitted by the Committee on Concrete Dams is being circulated for consideration,
  • CL 1931 – A paper on “Operation of Hydraulic Structures of Dams” submitted by the Committee on Operation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Dams is being circulated for consideration,
  • CL 1933 – A paper on “Asphalt Concrete Cores for Embankment Dams” submitted by the Committee on Embankment Dams is being circulated for consideration.

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How Does the Reservoirs Committee Operate?

The panel system of reservoir engineers was set up in its current form by the Reservoirs Act 1975.  That Act required the Secretary of State to set up panels of appropriately qualified civil engineers to inspect and supervise reservoirs, appointed after consultation with the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, or a committee set up for that purpose

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Be Part of the ICE200 Bicentenary Celebrations

Two hundred videos are being created and promoted on the ICE website on the ‘What is Civil Engineering?’ web pages. View the first 20 already uploaded.

Link to the ICE website here.

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BDS Committee Needs You!

BDS is now looking for nominations to serve on the Committee from the 2018 AGM on 12 March.  This is your opportunity to influence the way that BDS runs; to help organise meetings, visits and competitions, and to encourage a future generation of dam professionals.

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UK Reservoir Engineers Cited in Dam Inspection Special Feature of International Water Power & Dam Construction Publication

The Modern Dam Engineer article in the November editon of the International Water Power & Dam Construction Publication.

Like many industries, the dam industry is influenced by both internal and external factors which can prompt change. IWP&DC was interested in finding out if such elements have affected the engineer's working life when inspecting dams. We asked members of the industry for their own thoughts about the role of the modern dam engineer: Has this changed in recent years? Are engineers faced with increased challenges? And will this role continue to evolve?

 

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Reservoir Panel Engineer Applications 2018 - Key Dates

Key dates in relation to submitting Reservoir Panel Engineer Applications

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Trial of Regional Hubs Initiative for BDS Prize Event on 20th November 2017

We will be trialling our new "Regional Hub" initiative for the BDS prize meeting on 20th November 2017.  The regional hubs will be hosted by a BDS committee Member and will take the form a networking session in conjunction with watching the live streaming of the BDS prize event being held at the ICE, London.

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Representation of ICOLD Technical Committees

The BDS is currently seeking nominees for UK representatives on specific ICOLD Technical Committees 

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Photography Competition 2017 - Act Now The Closing Date Is Fast Approaching

Submit your photographs without delay to be in with a chance of winning the 1st prize of £200; 2nd Prize of £100 or 3rd Prize of £50 and having your photographs published in Dams and Reservoirs or used on the BDS website.

The BDS Photography Competition is open to members of the BDS and ICE as well as Engineering Students.

Closing date for entries is 3rd November 2017 and the winners will be announced at the BDS meeting on 20th November 2017.

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Message from the BDS Chair

Welcome to the September BDS eNewsletter.

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New research kicks off on the performance of dams under overtopping

There is a recognition of the need to better understand performance of both flood defence and reservoir embankments in resisting erosion under overtopping. In the UK, it is planned in due course to carry out a comprehensive five year research project to include field trials to assess erodibility of grass and soil. This coincides with ICOLD setting up a technical committee on Levees, set up to build upon ongoing collaboration between similar existing committees in the US and Europe. EURCOLD is holding an International Workshop on Embankment and Concrete Dams Overflowing Erosion in France in December, with a number of representatives from the UK attending.

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Natural Resources Wales Guide to Reservoir Safety Charging Scheme

Natural Resources Wales have published a guide detailing their 2017-2018 Reservoir Safety Charging Scheme.

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Defra FD2701 FWMA implementation and SRR Evidence base research

Defra have awarded a contract to Mott MacDonald to review implementation of the Floods and Water Management Act (FWMA) 2010 in England, in particular the risk designation process, and also to review what evidence is available which might justify commencement of the reduction in the threshold to small raised reservoirs (SRR) between 10,000 and 25,000m3

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Reservoirs Act 1975 (England) - Enforcement Authority's Interpretation of The Supervising Engineer's Statement Requirements

The Environment Agency, as Enforcement Authority for England, have produced their interpretation of the Supervising Engineer’s statement requirements under the Reservoirs Act 1975 in England.

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ICOLD Circulars

We regularly receive circulars from ICOLD, much of which is administrative, but some is of interest to the wider BDS membership. This Article includes a summary of recently published Technical Bulletins and how BDS Members may obtain access to the bulletins.

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Guide To Drawdown Capacity For Reservoir Safety And Emergency Planning

Message from the Environment Agency.

We are pleased to inform you that the 'Guide to drawdown capacity for reservoir safety and emergency planning' has been published on GOV.UK.  It can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-drawdown-capacity-for-reservoir-safety-and-emergency-planning

Regards,

Environment Agency

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Internal Erosion News

Conference reports:

Rodney Bridle (UK Member ICOLD Technical Committee on Embankment Dams) has recently circulated copies of his informal Internal Erosion News, reporting on internal erosion aspects of Geo-risk 2017 in Denver and ICOLD in Prague (available below).

United States Society on Dams (USSD) note on a Workshop on 'Dry dams and levees' is also attached here, this is another area where internal erosion is a threat.

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Message from BDS Chair

Dear Members of the British Dam Society,

Welcome to the July BDS Membership eNewsletter.

In this eNewsletter, following the 85th Annual Meeting of International Commission on Large Dams, I am delighted to announce the successful nomination of several new members to ICOLD Technical Committees at the General Assembly in Prague. Additionally, there is news of three reports which have been published by ICOLD and will soon be available to BDS Members on the ICOLD website free of charge. Please check the 'ICOLD 2017 Summary Update' news item.

We are currently awaiting clarification of the deadline for submission of abstracts for ICOLD 2018 in Vienna. We have been informed that abstracts should be submitted to ICOLD's Central Office from the BDS Committee. Watch out for further news on this.

Please may I draw your attention to the news item 'Notice of Election of a New Member to the ICE Reservoirs Committee', which provides details on the terms of the appointment and how to apply. From the October 2017 meeting, the Committee wishes to appoint a Supervising Engineer who is to be a representative of reservoir owners.

I would also like to draw members' attention to a UK conference, which may be of relevance to many in our dam engineering community. In June 2018, the 3rd International Conference on Protection against Overtopping will take place in the Lake District and will cover aspects related to the protection of embankments of all types to overtopping and overflowing. The call for papers, and more information about the event is available here: www.protections2018.org

A reminder that there are currently two BDS competitions running (Young Persons Paper and the Student Paper) and I would encourage all eligible members to participate and those who are not eligible to encourage and support our younger members.  Details of the competitions are included later in this eNewsletter.

Please let us know if you have any news or announcements related to dams and reservoir that you would like to share with the membership in the next eNewsletter.

Tracey Williamson

Tracey.williamson@arup.com 

 

Reservoir Panel Engineer System Cited as Model for Fire Safety in Buildings

In the current New Civil Engineer there is an article on the Grenfell Tower incident which references the Panel Engineer system that is used to promote reservoir safety. It questions whether a similar system should be set up to reduce the risk of fire in buildings by certifying qualified risk assessors. This is positive acknowledgement of the success of our national reservoir safety legislation.

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25th Meeting of the ICOLD European Working Group on Internal Erosion

We are delighted to invite you to join us at the 25th meeting of the European Working Group on Internal Erosion in Embankment Dams & their Foundations, held on 4- 7 September 2017 at Deltares in Delft (The Netherlands). The European working group meeting is oriented towards sharing knowledge on internal erosion in dams and levees. The organising committee welcomes national and international speakers and participants from governments, industry, universities and research institutes.

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2017 Student Paper Competition - Now Open

This competition is open to students in full-time education under 35 years of age

Participants are invited to visit their local dam and write a short paper on their observations. Participants are encouraged to consider issues such as its use (e.g. water supply / hydropower / flood alleviation / amenity) and the importance of the reservoir to the local community. Participants may also wish to consider: construction type; approximate dimensions; key features e.g. spillway, valves, pipework, tower, tunnel; and details such as the catchment and how the reservoir is fed, and how water is released from the reservoir.

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ICOLD 2017 Summary Update

Over twenty BDS Members attended the 85th Annual Meeting of International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD 2017) last week in Prague. Several new members were appointed to ICOLD Technical Committees at the General Assembly in Prague to act as our UK representatives

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2017 BDS PRIZE - Young Persons Paper Competition - Now Open

The BDS Prize Competition for young engineers is open to BDS members under 35 years of age on the date of the competition.

The submitted paper (2,500 words) will be on a topic of dam engineering relating to the author's experience in reservoir research, design, construction, operation, maintenance or supervision. Participants must be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken a significant role, relative to their level of experience, in the project or topic.

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3rd International Conference on Protection against Overtopping - Call for Papers

The third iteration of the international 'Protections 2018' conference will be taking place in the Lake District, UK, in June 2018 and is expected to cover many areas of interest to BDS members related to the overflowing and wave overtopping of embankments of all kinds

The call for papers, and more information about the event is available here: www.protections2018.org.

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ICOLD Annual Meeting 2018

Date for your Diaries,

ICOLD is holding it's 26th Congress and 86th Annual meeting from 29th June 2018 to 7th July 2018 in Vienna.

Due to the close proximity and relative ease of travel why not consider attending this prestigious event or even writing and submitting a paper, the Past BDS Chairman has written an article (available here) with further details.

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Message from the BDS Chair

Dear Members of the British Dam Society,

Welcome to the June BDS Membership eNewsletter.

In this eNewsletter, we invite you to consider being nominated as a member of one of the ICOLD Technical Committees. With this year's meeting being held in Prague, with cheap flights and accommodation, it's a great opportunity. You can even attend the Committee meetings without paying for the Symposium and other Workshops, if the Conference fee is preventing you from volunteering.  The vacancies with their terms are included below. If you are interested in any of these, please get in touch with our Technical Secretary, Andrew Pepper at:  HonTechSec@britishdams.org

Additionally, note that an extension has been given for abstracts to be submitted to the BDS Committee for ICOLD 2018 in Vienna.

In April another successful and informative Supervising Engineers' Forum was held at the National Conference Centre in Solihull.  I would like to thank Duncan Scott and all his assistants for their hard work on getting this organised; and thanks to the record number of attendees for their participation in the lively discussions.

Our five 'Strategic Objective Working Groups' have been working hard recently, preparing their Action Plans for achieving the objectives in our recently published Strategy (link here), with the aim to achieve our vision to be "a growing, inclusive and vibrant society; sharing knowledge and improving reservoir safety". We will share these with you in our next eNewsletter.

Please let us know if there is anything dams and reservoir related that you would like to share with the membership in the next eNewsletter.  As an example, there are a number of events concerning Integrated Catchment Delivery (link here) that may well be of interest to BDS members who are involved in the wider aspects of river engineering.

Tracey Williamson

Tracey.williamson@arup.com 

 

BDS Young Professionals Steering Group

At the May 2017 BDS Committee meeting it was agreed to change the name of the 'Young Engineers Forum' to 'BDS-Young Professionals', (BDS-YP), as we do not wish to imply that we are limiting membership to engineers only.

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Extension of Deadline For Submitting Abstracts to ICOLD 2018

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON SUBMITTING A PAPER TO ICOLD 2018, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THIS NEWS ITEM:

A recent ICOLD Circular Letter has provided some guidance for National Committees including new rules for paper submissions to the combined 26th Congress & 86th ICOLD Annual Meeting in Vienna in July 2018.

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Message from the Incoming BDS Chairman

Dear Members of the British Dam Society

I would like to start by recognising the contribution over the last two years of Andy Hughes, the outgoing BDS Chairman. I'd like to welcome our new Vice Chairman, Alan Warren, along with our new Committee Member, Catherine O'Sullivan. I look forward to working with the Committee over the next two years and would like to thank them for making this commitment to the BDS and the profession.

The Committee will be working towards achieving the five objectives in our recently published Strategy (link here), with the aim to achieve our vision to be "a growing, inclusive and vibrant society; sharing knowledge and improving reservoir safety". We will provide an update on the planned work of the 'Strategic Objective Working Groups' in our next eNewsletter.

This month's eNewsletter includes updates on the recently published Defra Reservoir Safety Research Strategy and some draft Reports from ICOLD that are now ready for member comment and feedback.  We would urge you to contribute to these.

There is some information about the next two ICOLD events and how to get involved with these. If you are interested in being nominated as a member of one of the ICOLD Technical Committees, please get in touch with our Technical Secretary, Andrew Pepper at: HonTechSec@britishdams.org

Finally, we are looking forward to this year's Supervising Engineers' Forum being held this month in the National Conference Centre in Solihull. Preparations are under way for an informative and successful forum, and I would like to thank Duncan Scott for his hard work on getting this organised.

Tracey Williamson

 

Young Professionals - Mentoring Scheme

On behalf of the Young Professionals (YP) I would like to thank the individuals who came forward at the BDS Conference in September 2016 to be mentors. We are currently still working on how to best implement the mentoring system and hope to send out further information soon as things develop. Education and Knowledge are two of the core elements of the BDS strategy and it is hoped that the YP mentoring will work to improve knowledge transfer in the BDS community.

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Review of Three Draft Reports for ICOLD Technical Committees

As a National Committee of ICOLD, BDS has been invited to comment on three draft reports that have been prepared by ICOLD Technical Committees. These are listed below along with the date by which each committee would like to receive comments:

  • Technical Advancements In Spillway Design - Progress and Innovations from 1985 to 2015 (203pp) - comments by 16 May 2017,
  • Integrated Operation of Hydropower Stations and Reservoirs (93pp) - comments by 23 May 2017,
  • Action Plan On Capacity Building (32pp) - comments by 31 May 2017.

We would encourage BDS members to contribute to the BDS responses.  If you can help please contact Andrew Pepper, the BDS Technical Secretary for a copy of the relevant draft report and details of how to provide your comments.

 

14th ICOLD International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams

The 14th ICOLD International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams is hosted by KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2017. We have had an overwhelming interest in the benchmark workshop, and due to this, the venue for the workshop has been updated to a larger conference venue (Hotel Birger Jarl close to KTH).

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Reservoir Safety Research Strategy

A process of review and consultation has been used to refresh the Defra strategy for conducting research on reservoir safety. The new strategy provides recommendations for the UK reservoir community for research priorities over the next 5 or more years. The new strategy aims to help Defra, the Environment Agency and its advisers in developing detailed scoping statements for future projects and in commissioning appropriate research contracts to meet the needs of the reservoir industry and to promote good practice.

The updated Reservoir Safety Research Strategy is available via the EA website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reservoir-safety-research-strategy

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ICOLD Annual Meetings 2017 and 2018

ICOLD is holding it's 85th Annual meeting from 3rd to 7th July 2017 in Prague.

Due to the close proximity and relative ease of travel why not consider attending this prestigious event, the Past BDS Chairman has written an article (available here) extolling the virtues of attending the ICOLD Annual meetings.

Date for your Diaries,

ICOLD is holding it's 26th Congress and 86th Annual meeting from 29th June 2018 to 7th July 2018 in Vienna.

Due to the close proximity and relative ease of travel why not consider attending this prestigious event or even writing and submitting a paper, the Past BDS Chairman has written an article (available here) with further details.

 

Professor Paul Adrian Auchmuty Back CBE FREng FICE 1930 - 2017

It is with regret that we hear of the death of Professor Paul Back. 

He was born and educated in South Africa. He obtained a BSc at Cape Town University in 1951 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University (Trinity College) and obtained a DPhil (Engineering Science) in 1954.

Having graduated from Trinity College, Oxford (where he later became a Visiting Fellow) he joined Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners, a major consulting civil engineering firm, in 1955, becoming an associate in 1967 and partner in 1970.  He became chief technical director in 1989 when the firm merged with the American company Law (later acquired by Jacobs Engineering Group).

Initially he worked on the design of the Kariba Dam and subsequently joined the Gibb site staff in what was then Southern Rhodesia. Following his return to the UK he was involved with the design of the Latiyan Dam (Iran), major dams on the Orange River in South Africa, the Indus Basin Project, Victoria and Samonellaweewa dams in Sri Lanka, the Drakensberg Pumped Storage Project (South Africa), Katse Dam (Lesotho) and a number of other important hydroelectric dam projects including the Tongariro Hydroelectric Scheme in New Zealand and Lar Dam in Iran.

From 1992 to 1998 he was the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in the Principles of Civil Engineering Design at the University of Oxford, a role previously held by ICE Past President Edmund Hambly. University staff recall that he was "a real gentleman, very civilised and thoughtful". During his time there, in 1993, he was asked to assess the Peruca Dam in Croatia which had been sabotaged by the Serbs in the Balkan war and which, if breached, would result in the deaths of 20,000 people in a city downstream. He decided that the dam, although damaged, would probably not fail and so the town did not need to be evacuated. In the event the dam held.

He joined the ICE in 1956 as a Graduate member, becoming a Member in 1962 and achieving Fellowship in 1971. He was elected as a Council member from 1989 to 1992 and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1981. He was awarded a CBE in 1994 for services to Dam Engineering in Developing Countries.

He made a major contribution to all of the projects with which he was involved not least because of his inventiveness and ability to find new technical solutions when the need arose.

He was an inspiration to the numerous young engineers who he helped in many ways.

 

Condition Assessment of Dams - Case Studies for Nottingham Trent University

Roland Kromanis is a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University who is delivering a new MSc module in Structural Engineering - Condition Assessment and Health monitoring of civil infrastructure.

He has realised that water supply reservoirs are critical national assets and he has therefore included the importance of the condition assessment of dams (including embankment dams) in the module.

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