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Acrobatic Ibex: the story of a dam climbing goat
14 December, 2016
Alice Brambilla works at the Alpine Wildlife Research Centre in Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy. Here she tells the fascinating tale of the Alpine Ibex.

A large undertaking
05 December, 2016
IWP&DC provides an update on construction work being carried out or recently completed at selected large dam projects across the globe

Improvements planned for Spey Dam
05 December, 2016
Stephen Macintyre, Senior Environment Protection Officer at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, gives more details about how plans are underway to improve fish passage at Spey dam.

Could dams replace melting European glaciers?
17 October, 2016
Water management in reservoirs could substantially mitigate future summer water shortages which are anticipated as a consequence of ongoing glacier retreat. A recent study by Swiss and Italian researchers has begun to explore whether dams could replicate the hydrological role of glaciers, containing and storing meltwaters at high elevations in the valleys where glaciers were once located.

Working together
17 October, 2016
With support from the Australian government, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has helped launch the first working group for Myanmar’s hydropower sector, following the launch of a successful group in Lao PDR three years ago. IWP&DC spoke with Robert Allen, Hydropower Developers’ Working Group Co-Chair, and Kate Allen, Team Leader, Hydro Advisory in Asia, IFC, to discover how the group has impacted hydro development in Lao PDR, and what they hope to achieve with the new group in Myanmar.

Upgrading Kangaroo Creek Dam
12 October, 2016
Paul Maisano, Water Storage Team Leader for GHD in Victoria, Australia; and Angus Paton, Manager of Asset Management at the South Australian Water Corporation, give details about the upgrading of Kangaroo Creek Dam.

Whooshh: A new era in fish passage
31 August, 2016
The principles behind a unique innovation that started out life as a way of transporting delicate tree fruit has been transferred to fish and aims to revolutionise fish passage at US dams.

A core mission
12 August, 2016
Eighty years ago Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the US was tasked with the mission to provide flood control, improve navigation and generate affordable electricity for the people of the Tennessee Valley. With many of its 49 dam facilities approaching 50 to 100 years of age, TVA is now on an important maintenance and safety mission.

Large or small - does dam size matter?
12 August, 2016
IWP&DC asked members of the US dams industry for their thoughts on whether dam size matters, and what are the prospects for future construction across the country?

Learning historical dam safety lessons
25 July, 2016
Marking the anniversary of historical dam failures served as a poignant reminder of the importance of dam safety. And, as the US Association of State Dam Safety Officials believes, if lessons learned and best practices are not effectively communicated, there is a possibility that poor decisions will be repeated and preventable incidents will not be averted.

Designer dams
23 June, 2016
What is the key to success when designing dams and hydropower plants? Read what industry members think below.

Highland community embraces Hamish Hydro
15 June, 2016
Jamie Wallace from Highland Eco-Design describes the passion and determination which drove the development of a community’s small hydropower scheme in Scotland.

Falling foul of marine organisms
09 June, 2016
Biofouling is a major concern for energy developers working in the marine environment. More research is needed into this worrying issue which is described as being far from resolved.

Big in Africa
17 May, 2016
Details on 10 of the largest hydropower projects in Africa, from ageing projects through to those still in development stage. Listed in alphabetical order.

Young tunnelling engineers: an emerging international community
12 May, 2016
The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association has been working hard to attract young engineers into the sector.

Dam Safety and the AER – explained, maintained, contained
21 April, 2016
Regulating dams is new territory for the Alberta Energy Regulator of Canada. Blair Reilly gives an insight into how they’ve been tackling this important task.

Transforming hydropower
21 April, 2016
Jim McIver from Siemens Transformers in the US gives more details about the company’s latest developments in transformer technology, and how this is being utilised at Glen Canyon dam.

A fair share: sharing the waters of multipurpose reservoirs
19 April, 2016
The multipurpose functions of reservoirs can create competition and conflict, prompting an increasing need for wise stewardship of global water resources. Sharing the water uses of multipurpose hydropower reservoirs is now the focal point of a framework recently produced by Electricite de France and the World Water Council. Suzanne Pritchard reports.

Asian advance
16 March, 2016
Hydro projects of all stages continue to make Asia a growth sector. Report by Patrick Reynolds

Repairs at Rowallan Dam
08 March, 2016
Unprecedented repairs have taken place at Rowallan dam in Australia. What made this project so special is that deep excavations exposed the heart of the live dam while it was still impounding the 130,000 megalitres of Lake Rowallan. Hydro Tasmania and Entura explain how they used flood forecasting techniques to help protect the integrity of the structure and maintain the safety of downstream communities.

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