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Comparing vulnerabilities of CFRDs and ECRDs
15 September, 2023
Concrete-faced rockfill dams (CFRD) have been the preferred dam type for high embankment dams for almost fifty years. They are claimed to be the safest dam type by their proponents. Here, Martin Wieland discusses the vulnerabilities of CFRDs and provides a comparison with earth core rockfill dams (ECRD) – the dam type which was replaced by CFRDs
Time for change? Discussing project implementation in Africa
24 May, 2023
Dr Quentin Shaw, Director of ARQ Consulting Engineers and ICOLD Vice-President for the Africa Zone, shares his experiences in the industry and comments on the development of dams in Africa, explaining why he believes it is time to change project implementation models in the region
A need to reassess dam safety
11 May, 2023
Climate change is only one of many natural and man-made hazards which are changing with time, and must be taken into account in dam safety assessments. Martin Wieland explains why there is an urgent need to evaluate the seismic safety of existing dams.
Important conferences and meetings in the hydropower and dams industry in 2023
30 March, 2023
The hydropower industry is constantly evolving and advancing, and as such, conferences and meetings are essential for professionals and stakeholders to gather, network, and discuss the latest developments in the field. In 2023, there are several important conferences and meetings in the hydropower industry that professionals should be aware of.
Large dams face around 26% loss of storage by 2050 says new research
13 January, 2023
Large dams worldwide have lost an estimated 13% to 19% of their combined original storage capacity as a result of trapped sediment, with that number set to rise to 23% to 28% by 2050, new UN research warns.
Training – more relevant than ever
12 January, 2023
As the clean energy transition gains momentum, and with an ever-increasing pressure on existing water resources and evolving best practices, there has never been a more important time to build skills and capacity within the water power and dams industry. IWP&DC asked members of the industry to share their thoughts on why training is now more relevant than ever.
EGP’s Dam Behavior platform validated at international workshop
28 July, 2022
Enel Green Power’s data driven predictive platform Dam Behavior was validated at the 16th International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams, which was organized in Slovenia by ICOLD, the company has announced.
Satellite sediment management
11 March, 2022
HYPOS is a new toolbox that enables sediment management to be powered by satellite technology and helps hydropower planners and managers overcome the challenges posed by sedimentation.
Dam development in Indonesia
14 September, 2021
Members of the Indonesia National Committee on Large Dams give an overview of recent activity across the country’s dam industry
Going global: the 2021 World Hydropower Congress
06 September, 2021
The stage is set for the world’s premier hydropower event, which is now accessible to all
Safety management of dams – the Australian practice
03 June, 2021
Dr Gamini Adikari and Natalie Kho of SMEC present details on dam safety practice and legislation in Australia
24 February, 2021
IWP&DC spoke with Devendra Kumar Sharma, Vice President of the International Commission on Large Dams, and President of the Indian Committee on Large Dams, about current and future dam building in India
Hydropower over the next decade
15 April, 2020
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, IWP&DC asked members of the industry for their thoughts on what the next decade may entail for hydropower development across the globe.