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Photography Competition 2017 - 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 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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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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Honorary Technical Secretary

BDS is looking for an Honorary Technical Secretary to replace Andrew Pepper when he steps down from the post at the March 2018 AGM.  You can read the job description here, and contact Andrew on atpec@peppernet.org if you would like more information on the role.  If you feel you would like to take on this role please let Tracey know on Tracey.williamson@arup.com

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reservoir Panel Engineer Applications 2017 - Key Dates

Key dates in relation to submitting Reservoir Panel Engineer Applications

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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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BDS Announces Sponsorship of Four Arkwright Scholars

As part of the BDS Strategy to promote Dams and Reservoir Engineering and support the new generation of Reservoir Engineers, the BDS is proud to announce its work with the Arkwright Scholarship Trust (see previous news feed for further details).

The BDS has sponsored four Arkwright Scholars whilst they study for their A Levels, further details are available here.

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BDS Supporting the next generation of Engineers

As part of the BDS Strategy to promote Engineering and support the new generation of Reservoir Engineers, the BDS is proud to announce it is working with the Arkwright Scholarship Trust.

The Arkwright Scholarship Trust identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering, Computing and technical design, by awarding scholarships to high-calibre students who apply when in year 11 (England and Wales), S4 (Scotland) or Year 12 (Northern Ireland).

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Reservoir Safety Post Incident Report 2015

The Environment Agency (EA) collect and record information on incidents at raised reservoirs, both large and small. Large raised reservoirs in England are those covered by the Reservoirs Act 1975.

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New Guidance published - Design, Operation and Adaptation of Reservoirs for Flood Storage

This report provides a comprehensive guide on the development and use of flood storage reservoirs, drawing on good practice in UK and international reservoir planning, design, operation and maintenance.

The guidance is aimed at a wide range of stakeholders including planners, developers, reservoir owners, asset managers, designers, contractors, regulatory engineers / advisers, environmentalists, academic institutions and the public.

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Changes to the Supervising Panel Engineer Application Process

From 1st October 2016 the Supervising Engineer Panel application process is changing with the provision of dedicated application forms, for new and reappointment applicants, and an attribute based assessment system to appraise candidate suitability.

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