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Nominations for BDS Young Professionals (YP) Steering Group

The BDS Young Professionals (YP) Group comprises all the under-35 members of the British Dam Society (BDS). It exists to facilitate professional development opportunities for young professionals, technicians and students working in the industry. 

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Supervising Engineers' Forum 2023 – Call for Presentations

The 2023 Supervising Engineer's Forum now has a confirmed date of Thursday 7th September 2023. We would like to invite the submission of synopses outlining the content for presentation by Friday 7th July 2023. Further details on the forum and the anticipated topic areas are available here.

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Nominations for BDS Committee Members

Invitations to stand for election onto the BDS Committee as an elected member for 2023 to 2026 are currently open. There are currently two posts available on the BDS Committee to commence immediately after the AGM in April 2023.

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BDS Prize Competition (Young Professionals’ Papers) – Entries now open

The BDS Prize Competition for young professionals is open to BDS members under 35 years of age. The next competition will take place on 20th November 2023 at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Choice of Technical Questions for the 28th ICOLD Congress (2025)

ICOLD have requested proposals for questions for the 2025 Congress in Chengdu, China. Please forward any suggestions to David Neeve (david.neeve@arup.com) by Friday 10th February 2023. The BDS Committee will compile and submit up to eight questions to the ICOLD organising committee. Further details and a list of previous questions are available on the ICOLD website here.

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28th Annual European Working Group on Internal Erosion – Abstracts published

The University of Sheffield hosted the 28th annual European Working Group on Internal Erosion from 18th to 21st July 2022. The abstracts from the meeting have now been published and are available to download here.

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ICOLD Technical Committee D – Concrete Dams

Experience of RCC dam design or construction?  The BDS is looking for succession for the current long-standing member of the committee.  Please contact David Neeve (david.neeve@arup.com) or Andrew Thompson (andrew.thompson2@uuplc.co.uk) to express your interest.

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Announcement of BDS Chair and Vice Chair for 2023-25

We are delighted to announce the new BDS Chair and Vice Chair appointments. Following our AGM on 24th April 2023, Rachel Davies of Binnies will become Chair. Dr Darren Shaw of Arup will take on the role of Vice Chair. The appointments will last for two years. We wish them every success.

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Supervising Engineers Forum 2023 – Save the Date

The 2023 Supervising Engineer Forum now has a confirmed date of Thursday 7th September 2023. The forum will return to The National Conference Centre in Birmingham (adjacent to the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull). Further details regarding the event including a call for papers and registration links will be issued in due course.

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NRW Charging Scheme Consultation

The charging scheme in Wales has been in place since 2017 and is currently open to public consultation on some of the changes proposed to the registration and notification fees. Whilst this predominantly affects undertakers in Wales, BDS members may also wish to contribute: Consultation on our regulatory fees and charges for 2023/2024.

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Online Survey about Flood Hydrology Methods

The Environment Agency is conducting research to better understand how open methods could be adopted for operational flood hydrology. This includes both flood estimation for design / planning and flood forecasting.  The project covers flooding from rivers, surface water, groundwater and reservoirs. The project is seeking to identify the benefits, risks and requirements for moving towards approaches that use open methods.

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Forthcoming BDS Evening Events

The next evening event on the forthcoming CIRIA guide covering ‘Design, installation, operation, management and testing of siphons in dams’ will be held on Monday 3rd October 2022. This event will be held at the ICE Building at One Great George Street as well as streamed live. 

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BDS Photography Competition 2022

The 2022 British Dam Society Photography competition is now open. This is your chance to have your photograph published in the Dams and Reservoirs Journal, BDS Yearbook and featured on the BDS website. There are also cash prizes to be won, with a 1st prize of £200, 2nd prize of £100 and 3rd prize of £50. The competition is open to members of the BDS, ICE, Engineering Students and all staff of Corporate BDS members. Photographers are entitled to submit two photographs.

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ICOLD 2023 – Gothenburg – Abstract Deadline

The 91st ICOLD Annual Meeting will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden between 11th and 15th June 2023. Abstracts for the meeting should be submitted to ICOLD by 16th October 2022. Details of the event, topics and abstract requirements can be found on the ICOLD-CIGB 2023 website

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21st Biennial Conference

Last week saw 280 attendees and 12 exhibitors at our 21st Biennial conference held in Nottingham. It had been four years since the last conference in Swansea and it was fantastic to see the reservoir safety community back together again. Over the three and a half days there were 24 technical presentations, 4 site visits, 16 workshops and a packed evening social programme including the new exhibitor reception, YP Quiz and a fantastic the Geoffrey Binnie lecture by Tim Hill.

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BDS Photography Competition 2022 - Now Open

The 2022 British Dam Society Photography competition is now open. This is your chance to have your photograph published in the Dams and Reservoirs Journal, BDS Yearbook and featured on the BDS website. There are also cash prizes to be won, with a 1st prize of £200, 2nd prize of £100 and 3rd prize of £50.

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BDS Conference - Registration now closed

Registration for the British Dam Society conference has now closed. 280 delegates and 12 exhibitors have registered for the event at the University of Nottingham between 14th and 17th September 2022. If you have any queries regarding this event please contact BDSconference@britishdams.org. We look forward to seeing you there.

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National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy

The Environment Agency has published its Roadmap for the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy for England. A copy can be found here.

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ICOLD European Club Symposium 2023

The next meeting of the European Club of ICOLD will be from 5th to 8th September 2023 in Interlaken, Switzerland. Full details are available on the event website (https://www.ecsymposium2023.ch/en). The deadline for submission of abstracts to the organising committee is 30th September 2022 

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ICOLD Annual Meeting 2023

The next ICOLD annual meeting will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden between 11th and 15th June 2023. Full details are available on the event website (https://icold-cigb2023.se/). The deadline for submission of abstracts to the organising committee is 16th October 2023 

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EA Publish new Spillway Guidance Documents

The reservoir research and associated guidance documents relating to the Toddbrook Incident Review (Balmforth - Part A) 2019 report will be published on Monday 27 June. This will mean that all Part A recommendations are now complete. 

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European Working Group on Internal Erosion

The 28th Annual Meeting of the European Working Group on Internal Erosion (EWG‐IE) will be held at the University of Sheffield from 18th to 21st July 2022. Following the EWG-IE-27 in Vancouver in June 2019, the Sheffield meeting will provide a forum for sharing novel ideas and recent advances on topics related to internal erosion through water-retaining structures, such as embankment dams, levees and dikes, and in their foundations. Researchers, scientists and engineers, from the private and public sector, in Europe and elsewhere, are welcome. 

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ICOLD Technical Committee Elections

Following a recent invitation for BDS members to apply for current vacancies on the various ICOLD Technical Committees, two new nominations have been confirmed by the BDS main committee. 

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Next BDS meeting: BDS Prize / Photo Competition

Our next BDS evening meeting will be the BDS Prize Evening on Monday 10th January 2022 at 6pm.

 

Five papers have been selected from the entries to the BDS Prize Competition which is open to BDS members under 35 years of age. The submitted papers (2,500 words) are on a topic of dam engineering relating to the author's experience in reservoir research, design, construction, operation, maintenance, or supervision. The following entries will be presenting their papers (10 minutes) and answering questions for the judges and online participants.

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ICOLD 27th Congress - 90th Annual Meeting: 27 May to 3 June 2022

The next ICOLD Congress is due to take place in Marseille, France between 27 May and 3 June 2022. The BDS would like to encourage as many of its members to attend this event as possible given its close proximity to the UK. Full details of the event can be found on the congress website:-

https://cigb-icold2022.fr/en/generalinfo/welcome/

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Reservoir Flood Mapping

The Environment Agency has now published the updated reservoir flood maps. This provides more accurate flood maps for 1,865 reservoirs which includes all large raised reservoirs that were in operation in October 2016.

New guidance is published on GOV.UK and the new RFMs are available:

  • Check Your Long Term Flood Risk – where you will be able to view the maximum reservoir flood extent during a wet-day and dry-day scenario. 
  • Defra Data Services Platform – where you will be able to download the maximum flood extents in a wet-day and dry-day scenario for individual reservoirs as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) layer or as a pdf map.

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New Statutory Instrument - The Reservoirs Act (Panels of Civil Engineers) (Applications and Fees) Regulations 2021

A new Statutory Instrument has recently been published regarding reservoir engineer panels for England and Wales from 1 January 2022 and change of application fee from 1 April 2022.

 

The Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers have made a joint Determination to establish four joint reservoir engineer panels for England and Wales.

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BDS Evening Meeting – Monday 22nd November 2021 – Registration Required

BDS Evening Meeting – Monday 22nd November 2021 – Registration Required

Our next BDS evening meeting will be on Monday 22nd November 2021 at 6:00pm. The meeting titled “Hydropower Extension Projects at Tarbela Dam, Pakistan” will be presented by Brian B Darling, Mark D Gill and Gonzalo Montilla Castro (Mott MacDonald).

PLEASE NOTE: The ICE requires that attendees, either in person or online, register in advance of the event so that refreshments can be organised and so that online viewing links can be emailed in advance.

Please use the following link to register

 

https://www.ice.org.uk/events/hydropower-extension-projects-tarbela-dam-london

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Next BDS evening meeting

Our next BDS evening meeting will be on Monday 22nd November 2021 at 6:00pm. The meeting titled “Hydropower Extension Projects at Tarbela Dam, Pakistan” will be presented by Brian B Darling, Mark D Gill and Gonzalo Montilla Castro (Mott MacDonald). 

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Supervising Engineers’ Forum update

The Supervising Engineers’ Forum was held at the University of Nottingham on 16th September 2021. For the first time all of the technical sessions from this event were recorded. The BDS has completed editing these videos and is currently waiting for the ICE to host the files on its website. An email will be sent out to all members when the recordings are available to view.

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BDS Events Calendar

The Events Calendar on the BDS website contains all the available information regarding forthcoming BDS events. The BDS also adds the details of several non-BDS events run by associated societies and organisations that we think may be of interest to BDS members.  Please do keep an eye on this page for further BDS updates and other online events that may be of interest.

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POSTPONED: BDS Prize Evening

The BDS Young Professionals Prize evening, scheduled for 22nd November 2021, has been postponed until our January 2022 meeting due to insufficient entries into this competition. In light of this we are extending the deadline for receiving synopsis until 31st October 2021. Please can we encourage you and your colleagues (Under 35) to submit a 250 word synopsis by the extended deadline. Prizes for this competition are £500, £250 and £100.

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Opportunities for representation on ICOLD Technical Committees

We invite all members to apply to represent the interests of the BDS on a number of ICOLD Technical Committees (TC). The Job Description for our representatives can be found here. We are seeking candidates to take up the role from 1st January 2022 and require applications to be made by 15th October 2021 in writing to Andrew Thompson (Honourable Technical Secretary) at hontechsec@britishdams.org. Existing representatives (as applicable) can apply for a mandate to extend their role by up to three years. New representatives will receive a mandate for up to six years...

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ICOLD Circular Letter No. 1980

Some important dates regarding ICOLD activities for the remainder of 2021 are included in ICOLD Circular Letter No.1980.

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10th International Conference on Scour and Erosion

Registration is now open for the 10th International Conference on Scour and Erosion. This conference will now be a virtual event held from 18th to 21st October 2021.

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ICOLD Newsletter

ICOLD have published their latest newsletter (No.19). A copy of the newsletter can be found here.

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