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The Atlin hydro project – embodying First Nation principles
09 November, 2009
Wholly owned and operated by a First Nation, the 2.1MW Atlin hydro plant is a perfect example of how water power can be environmentally beneficial and socially responsible, writes Lara Taylor

Construction briefs
09 November, 2009
IWP&DC brings you details on some of the latest project developments in the dam construction industry

Bringing water from Wanjiazhai
09 November, 2009
US-based company Robbins is helping to hydrate China’s arid Shanxi province in an ambitious water diversion project. Desiree Williams gives an update on construction at the Pinglu tunnel, which is set to be one of the world’s longest tunnels excavated with a single TBM

An invisible industry?
09 November, 2009
Engineering has become ‘an invisible industry’ which is undervalued and undermined by outdated stereotypes, according to new research from the UK’s National Grid. Carrieann Stocks takes an in-depth look at the report andinvestigates some recent initiatives to attract young people to a career in the hydro power and dams industry

Spillway inadequacy remediation in the US
06 November, 2009
Hasan T Kocahan, Russell Wyckoff and Martin Wosnik describe the US’ experience with the Fusegate spillway control system to bring dams with undersized spillways up to current safety standards

Playing it safe in Central Asia
06 November, 2009
Many of Central Asia’s ageing large dams are located in the basins of transboundary rivers. The United Nations is leading an initiative to promote the safe operation and management of such structures in the region. Bo Libert, Erkin Orolbaev and Yuri Steklov give more details

Wind and water – working together
06 October, 2009
The energy storing wind dam project – first discussed in IWP&DC in January 2006 – is nearing the stage for full-scale construction. Stephen Wilson provides an update on this innovative project, while also paying tribute to the wind dam’s inventor, Allan McCreadie, who passed away in September 2009

Under one cover: 30 years of project management
06 October, 2009
For over 30 years the authors of Construction Project Management have been providing construction professionals with an indispensible, on-the-job guide. Here we provide an insight into the latest edition of this 408 page publication

Flood control from the air
06 October, 2009
Advances in LiDAR data collection technology can help decision makers better understand, predict and respond to future flood events in the US’ Red River Basin. David A Webb explains

Reducing evaporation losses
06 October, 2009
Annual evaporation losses from irrigation storage dams and channels are significant across Australia. Erik Schmidt gives an overview of the mitigation technologies that can be employed to reduce such losses

Hydro impulse turbine speed regulation
06 October, 2009
A methodology for the determination of generator inertia for isolated impulse turbined hydro systems is developed based on an analysis of 25 units having installed capacities varying from about 1MW to over 60MW

Mapping out a powerful future for Scotland
06 October, 2009
Scotland has the potential to build a world-leading marine energy industry. Although significant advances have been made over recent years, development has been slower than expected. The introduction of new legislation and government bodies, plus the publication of an industry-led report, looks set to accelerate the pace of change. Suzanne Pritchard gives an insight into Scotland’s marine energy prowess, assessing the current status of the industry and explaining the importance of the Marine Energy Road Map

Taking a tour of CFRDs
06 October, 2009
The concrete face rockfill dam (CFRD) is now one of the most popular types of dam in the world. Here, IWP&DC provides some quick facts on recent CFRD projects built or under construction worldwide

Under the influence - 60 most influential people in the industry
06 October, 2009
Welcome to International Water Power & Dam Construction’s list of the 60 most influential people in the industry. These people have helped shape the course of the global hydro and dams business over the last 60 years. This list – in alphabetical order – is the result of nominations from contacts and readers around the world, and was decided by a panel of industry experts

China plays host to CFRD event
22 September, 2009
The first international symposium on rockfill dams is set to take place in China during October.

On a mission in Kenya
11 September, 2009
Two small hydro specialists from the Hangzhou Regional Center for Small Hydropower in China were invited on a consultation mission to Kenya to help select and design projects for development in the country. Here, Pan Daqing and Lin Xuxin share their experiences of the trip with IWP&DC

The Ghana Dams Dialogue
11 September, 2009
Members of the Ghana Dams Dialogue report on the development of a platform for multi-stakeholder deliberations on hydro power dams

Lessons learnt from the Wenchuan earthquake
11 September, 2009
Several dams and power plants damaged by the earthquake which occurred in China’s Sichuan province on 12 May 2008 were visited during a joint mission of the Chinese Committee on Large Dams and ICOLD’s Committee on Seismic Aspects of Dam Design from 29 March-4 April 2009. Here, Martin Wieland and Chen Houqun discuss the unique features of this earthquake and the damage caused, while addressing the question of the earthquake being triggered by Zipingpu reservoir

A first for Azerbaijan
11 September, 2009
New tunnels will be excavated as part of the Samur-Apsheron irrigation project in Azerbaijan. A Robbins EPB – the first ever TBM to be utilized in the country – will play a major role in the project

Divers control the flow
11 September, 2009
A team of specialist divers recently completed installation of an eccentric plug valve to control water flow at Grizedale reservoir in the UK

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