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Iceland blasts millennium bugs in speed governors
10 November, 1999
Modernisation of Landsvirkjun’s speed governors prompted an investigation into Y2K issues

Water jets offer precise cutting
10 November, 1999
Water jet cutting allows precise cuts to be made, even in damaged rock, but development work has been slow. David A Summers looks at current developments in this still-promising technique for underground work

Fuzzy logic takes control
10 November, 1999
Philip Taylor explains how distributed intelligent load controllers can ensure efficient and stable operation of small stand-alone hydro projects

World Bank think-tank
10 November, 1999
Meeting with representatives from the World Bank to discuss current issues in the hydro industry, one thing becomes clear: the Bank is keen to learn from its past experiences. Complying with environmental and social policies is as important to Bank staff as assessing financial risks. Suzanne Moxon reports

Casting a global net
08 October, 1999
The World Commission on Dams reflects on its public consultation on Latin America

Growing old gracefully
08 October, 1999
The integrity of concrete dams not only depends on a good design but on the quality of concrete used for construction. Tim Dolen from the US Bureau of Reclamation gives a US perspective on ageing concrete

Get wise to oil leaks
10 September, 1999
Jacob Inbar* explains how effective measurement of oil layers in turbine sumps can ensure clean water discharge

Rescuing NKK
10 September, 1999
The last few years have been more than difficult for Japanese steel company NKK, but the company now has a rescue plan in place

Optimising plants with hydro-meteorological data
10 September, 1999
Norbert Beltz and Horst Weber* look at how hydro power plant operators can refine their water level forecasting techniques to increase efficiency

Stuck on the Limpet
10 September, 1999
Tom Heath* describes the development of a wave energy module built in to the cliff edge on a remote Scottish shore

Science and dam removal: filling the knowledge gaps
10 September, 1999
Does dam removal really improve the overall health of a river? Emily H Stanley* reports on a research project which aims to gather evidenceto answer this question

How green is your hydro?
10 September, 1999
Marshall Kaiser* describes how Safe Harbor Water Power took a scientific approach to environmental certification

Meet the surrogate fish
10 September, 1999
Research scientists in the US are working on a new tool to aid the development of fish friendly turbines. Bob Johnson and Duane Neitzel introduced Suzanne Moxon to the sensor fish

India’s hydro hold-ups
10 September, 1999
India has huge hydro potential, but it can take up to 20 years to get projects approved. IM Sahai* investigates the causes for delay and what, if anything, the authorities are doing about it

Concrete faced rockfill dams in China
10 September, 1999
China now has 39 concrete faced rockfill dams in operation. Cao Keming* and Zhuang Wenzhong** discuss the design and construction of these dams

Design and construction of Chile’s Puclaro dam
10 September, 1999
Puclaro dam is founded on very pervious riverbed alluviums more than 100m deep. The design therefore included a vertical cut-off through the foundation, tied to the inclined upstream concrete face of the dam

Getting Balambano dam on form again
10 August, 1999
Formwork specialist, RMD Indonesia, helped the construction of Balambano dam in South Sulawesi get back on schedule. Andrew Gardner*explains

ICOLD promotes regional interaction
10 August, 1999
Dam projects and the problems which they face differ from country to country. In acknowledgement of this, regional groups of ICOLD are being established so that members can share and solve similar problems

Bakun: back on?
10 August, 1999
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced that the delayed Bakun project in Sarawak will be revived. Tim Sharpe reports

The half-way mark
10 August, 1999
The World Commission on Dams has reached the half-way mark in its two-year work programme, and is preparing the finishing touches to its interim report. Suzanne Moxon discovered how this unique undertaking is progressing in its bid to resolve the dams debate satisfactorily for both sides

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