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17 December, 2018
Mark Bransom, Chief Executive Officer of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, gives an update on the largest dam removal project in US history
10 December, 2018
Arne Berndt at SoundPLAN International examines steps that can be taken to help mitigate excessive noise in the dam construction and hydroelectricity industries
Reaching the pinnacle
10 December, 2018
ICOLD President Michael Rogers speaks with IWP&DC about his appointment, which he describes as the pinnacle of his professional career.
15 November, 2018
Leif Lia and Kaspar Vereide report on ongoing large scale tunnelling research in Norway
The second phase
12 November, 2018
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) provides information on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, and details on how work is progressing on Phase II
Red John – new pumped storage for Loch Ness
29 October, 2018
Intelligent Land Investments Group plans to develop a new pumped storage project in the Scottish Highlands using Loch Ness as the tail pond. The company is keen for the community to take a stake in what it says could be a transformational development.
Seal of approval for Latschau
16 October, 2018
The Latschau reservoir is a hub for the hydroelectric power facilities of Vorarlberger Illwerke at Montafon in western Austria. The sealing of the reservoir has now been refurbished with Shell Bitumen RC 70/100 so that it can contribute to sustainable power generation well into the future
Introducing better planning for small-scale hydropower in Wales
12 October, 2018
Michael Phillips, Principal Consultant at Dulas, explains how potential changes to permitted development rights will impact small hydro projects across Wales.
Getting with the programs
05 October, 2018
ESPRIT is proving its worth for Macedonian manufacturer Brako, allowing the company’s two programmers to create 2000 programs in one year
Independent forensic investigations - reflections on Oroville Dam
04 October, 2018
John W France was the Independent Forensic Team Leader for the investigations into the 2017 Oroville Dam spillway incident. Here he gives a fascinating insight into the pressures and responsibility of such an important task.
Seepage detection in dams
26 September, 2018
A fibre-optic sensing based automated seepage monitoring and evaluating system has been developed by Hydroresearch in Sweden to help ensure dam safety, utilising instrumentation developed by Silixia
High-tech fish surveys making a splash in the Himalayas
12 September, 2018
Leeanne E. Alonso, a Biodiversity Specialist with the International Finance Corporation, gives more details about innovative and non-evasive fish documentation for assessing hydropower impacts
A masterful development
30 August, 2018
The importance of encouraging future generations into the infrastructure sector has been recognized by Salini Impregilo, with the company collaborating with Politecnico di Milano University and outstanding partners for specialist training to integrate new graduates into the world of work.
Sustainable and resilient
16 August, 2018
The Institute of Civil Engineers has been demonstrating how geotechnical engineering can contribute to sustainability and community resilience.
Look me in the eye
10 July, 2018
How can the hydro industry tackle concerns and emotions around proposed hydropower and dam developments? And how can it communicate the holistic nature and positive aspects of sustainable projects to opponents? Prompted by an impassioned plea from an amateur photographer’s experience in Iceland, IWP&DC asked industry representatives to share their thoughts on this historically controversial topic.
Unmanned systems present new opportunities
10 July, 2018
Stephen Ferretti of Martac Commercial presents details of a new method to survey bathymetry and inspect water structures, and details how it was used on the Keokuk Dam in the US.
Integrated geohazard assessments to aid resilience of hydropower infrastructure
27 June, 2018
Professor John M Reynolds explains why he believes an Integrated Geohazard Assessment (IGA) should be undertaken as part of both best practice and sensible due diligence in dam development activities.
Hydro impacts on land use
27 June, 2018
Researchers have recently modelled net land occupation of Norwegian hydropower reservoirs for use in life cycle assessment.
Small hydropower plants defy what is meant by “small”
25 June, 2018
University of Washington researchers have published their first major assessment of small hydropower plants around the world and highlight the variability in how dams of varying sizes are categorised, regulated and studied. Julian Olden, Professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and PhD student Thiago Couto give more details.
A workplace for women
17 May, 2018
Tracey Williamson is the first female Chair of the British Dam Society; she is quite certain she will not be the last. However, to ensure that encouraging women into civil engineering is kept on the agenda, Williamson says that we need to keep talking about it, provide positive role models and demonstrate that this is a workplace for women.