BDS invites all from the European and wider family of the international-commission-on-large-dams (ICOLD) to participate in the conference which will include technical presentations, technical visits, the Geoffrey Binnie Lecture (presented by Roy Coxon, former BDS Chairman), exhibition, and a full accompanying persons programme in and around the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. Technical visits will include water supply and flood alleviation schemes, dams in the immediate vicinity as well as the Thames Barrier.

Papers to be presented at the conference will include:

• The benefit of dams

• Lessons learnt from recent historical incidents

• Refurbishment and replacement of gates, valves and pipework in draw off works and spillways with the emphasis on novel solutions in difficult conditions, including underwater working

• Discontinuance and abandonment of dams

• The use and performance of synthetic materials in dam design and remediation

• Appropriate design and construction techniques for dams in developing countries

• Social impacts of reservoirs

• Recent flood events and effects of climate change

• Rehabilitation case histories

• Research into dam design, construction and performance including flood events, effects of climate change, investigation methods and monitoring.

• Risk Assessment

• Instrumentation

For further information about the conference, as well as details on exhibition space, please contact the conference organiser: Dr Andy Hughes, KBR, Hill Park Court, Springfield Drive, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7NL. Tel: +44 1372 862571. Fax: +44 1372 863355. Email:

Advice will be given to participants on the ways available to travel to Canterbury upon registration.

An accompanying persons programme will include visits to many of the interesting attractions of the area. These will be selected from sites including Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle, the local vineyards, Hever Castle (the childhood home of Anne Boleyn), Chartwell (the family home of Winston Churchill) and Bedgebury Pinetum – a stunning collection of conifers set amongst beautifully landscaped lakes and avenues.