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Spotlight on...Spillway Gates
14 December, 2000
Spillway gate installations are a critical part of a reservoir and dam system. Their reliability is important for the safety of dams. Jack Lewin and Jonathan Hinks explain why spillway gate design, maintenance and operation require close attention

A milestone… or a millstone
14 December, 2000
No matter how much you think you know about dams, you cannot read the World Commission on Dams’ final report and keep your assumptions intact. This is the belief of the WCD chairman. But will the Commission’s report be a milestone for dams or a millstone around the industry’s neck? Suzanne Pritchard reports

Keeping the faith
15 September, 2000
At the World Hydro Forum members of the industry tried to puzzle their way out of the ethical conundrum which dams worldwide are facing. Suzanne Pritchard reports

Holding back the years
17 July, 2000
It is inevitable that concrete will deteriorate with age but past experience is helping to combat the ageing process. Robert Freer reports

An encroachment on hydro
11 May, 2000
By 2020 more than one in five Indian reservoirs will have lost 50% of their storage capacity due to sedimentation. Drawing on his experience in India, B S K Naidu gives an insight into this growing phenomenon and its implications for reservoir and hydro power plant management

Canadian and Indian co-operation focuses
10 February, 2000
Employees from BC Hydro of Canada have been helping their Indian colleagues to prioritise dam safety and risk analysis. Warren Bell and Niels Nielsen describe the training which provided the foundations for developing new dam safety guidelines in India

Sharing dam experiences
12 January, 2000
In preparation of its final report, the World Commission on Dams heard from dam opponents and proponents when it convened in Cairo recently. As the Commission works towards its deadline of August 2000 it is still urging the dams industry to become involved

Taking a synthetic approach
12 January, 2000
Synthetic geomembranes are widely used as a means of waterproofing and protecting dams. In recognition of this the International Committee on Large Dams has continued to assess the use of such materials

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