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Discontinuance or adaptation?
10 May, 2021
A recent webinar hosted by the British Dam Society discusses managing reservoir assets and options for either remedial works or discontinuance.
Satellite technology for dam monitoring
17 February, 2021
A recent webinar organised by Rezatec and AssetLife Alliance showed dam owners and operators how new proven technologies can help prioritise maintenance and upgrade works; cut non-targeted inspection and maintenance costs; and reduce health, safety and dam failure risk. Here we find out how satellite data analytics are being used for dam monitoring to improve the visibility and understanding of asset condition.
An unprecedented year
07 January, 2021
We probably all agree that 2020 was an extraordinary year but how has the hydropower and dam industry fared throughout this global pandemic? Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Dam monitoring with Rezatec
13 October, 2020
Philip Briscoe, Chief Operating Officer at Rezatec, shares details of the company’s dam monitoring solution, and explains how it can offer greater piece of mind for dam operators globally
Coping with COVID-19
23 June, 2020
Worldwide we are all experiencing unsettling times with the emergence of COVID-19. This has had an unprecedented impact on our professional and personal lives. In an effort to bring the industry together and share some positive camaraderie, IWP&DC asked readers how they are coping through it all
Look me in the eye
10 July, 2018
How can the hydro industry tackle concerns and emotions around proposed hydropower and dam developments? And how can it communicate the holistic nature and positive aspects of sustainable projects to opponents? Prompted by an impassioned plea from an amateur photographer’s experience in Iceland, IWP&DC asked industry representatives to share their thoughts on this historically controversial topic.
The modern dam engineer
15 February, 2018
Like many industries, the dam industry is influenced by both internal and external factors which can prompt change. IWP&DC was interested in finding out if such elements have affected the engineer’s working life when inspecting dams. We asked members of the industry for their own thoughts about the role of the modern dam engineer: Has this changed in recent years? Are engineers faced with increased challenges? And will this role continue to evolve?
The future for hydro - roundtable discussion
02 March, 2015
Suzanne Pritchard talked to key members of the hydropower industry to discover what they think the future holds for hydropower
Setting up in Singapore - Q&A with Charles Feild, Black & Veatch
06 January, 2015
Engineering and construction company Black & Veatch has opened a Hydropower Centre of Excellence in Singapore in a bid to help countries in the region look at new ways to harness their hydro resources. IWP&DC spoke with Charles Feild, Black & Veatch Hydropower Director, Asia Pacific, to discover just what this centre will offer to the hydro sector.
Reaching new heights at San Vicente
09 September, 2013
As the San Vicente Dam Raise Project nears completion, Glenn S. Tarbox, Gerard E. Reed III and J. Wade Griffis provides details on the largest raise of a concrete dam in the US, and the highest raise using RCC in the world
Powering up Scottish Water
22 June, 2012
A Scottish water company is utilising the flow in its supply pipes to offer dual benefits of an improved service for customers and reduced operating costs for itself.
Positive energy acceleration
13 February, 2012
To help direct future investments into tidal energy extraction projects, greater understanding is required of how such schemes interact with one another. The Energy Technologies Institute in the UK is carrying out research into the subject to help stimulate positive energy acceleration
Low Watana in spotlight
15 April, 2011
The Low Watana option is favoured for Alaska’s Railbelt hydro development but the Chakachamna alternative has not been shelved. Report by Patrick Reynolds
The day Wadi Dayqah roared
26 January, 2011
In a country where waterfalls are almost unknown, the discharging spillway of the Wadi Dayqah dams in Oman was a dramatic spectacle. Saleh Hamood Al Harthy, M J Hieatt, J K Hall and M Wheeler describe how the dams have been tailored and tested by two major cyclones
On the up – the San Vicente Dam raise project
15 June, 2010
Construction is underway at the tallest dam raise in the US which will help drought-stricken San Diego County respond to emergency water needs once complete
Some new perspectives on climate change: report of a national meeting
15 February, 2010
A joint meeting of the Royal Meteorological Society and British Hydrological Society took place on Saturday 13th February 2010 at the Blackett Lecture Theatre in London, organised by James Dent. Frank Farquharson introduced the meeting saying that it was important for members of both societies to come together and discuss climate change. He pointed out the great variability of temperature, rainfall and riverflow and wondered how the effects of man’s activities could be discerned from past, present, and future observations: it was a challenge for everyone.
Innovation under water
19 June, 2009
Good teamwork was the key to a successful refurbishment project on a cracked surge shaft liner at Middle Fork hydro project in the US. Black & Veatch were one of the project partners who helped undertake the work without dewatering the surge shaft and tunnel
Getting to the bottom of it - identifying hydro sites
03 February, 2009
The availability of grant funding, improvements in the planning process and a steadily improving public acceptance are making more hydro schemes viable – but finding sites can still drain resources. A new approach to site identification dramatically reduces the need for speculative site visits, and opens the market for small and micro hydro customers. Nick Forrest gives IWP&DC an insight into the development of Hydrobot
Back on the mend - refurbishing Lower Carno dam
03 February, 2009
Essential remedial works are being carried out at Lower Carno dam in Wales, UK
Designer label for Lake Lenexa
06 June, 2008
Combining architecture and engineering, Lake Lenexa dam was built in partnership with the local community. The innovative flood protection project has become a model for other schemes in the US