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Hydropower over the next decade
15 April, 2020
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, IWP&DC asked members of the industry for their thoughts on what the next decade may entail for hydropower development across the globe.
Guiding seismic safety
03 April, 2020
Martin Wieland has celebrated 20 years as Chairman of the ICOLD Committee on Seismic Aspects of Dam Design. Here he reflects on past achievements in this important area of work, and asks what can be expected in the future?
Paradigm shift for sediment management
18 June, 2019
Sameh A. Kantoush and Tetsuya Sumi from Kyoto University in Japan assess how sediment management can be improved basin wide
Tailings dam failures – can we minimise the risks?
21 May, 2019
Following the recent catastrophic failure of the Córrego do Feijão tailings dam in Brazil, Craig Goff from HR Wallingford considers the risks associated with these types of dam
ICOLD gets technical about climate change
26 March, 2019
Emmanuel Grenier is the Public Relations Officer for the International Commission on Large Dams. Here he gives an insight into the work being carried out by its technical committee on climate change.
New forum aims to give voice to European hydropower community
22 February, 2019
A new three-year long EU funded project has recently begun – coordinated by the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) – which aims to gather input from the European hydropower community in order to agree upon common Research and Innovation priorities for the sector in Europe.
25 January, 2019
Andreas Halvarsson, Ken Grubb and Jerry Westermann outline the important work that ICOLD's Hydromechanical Technical Committee carries out in relation to the design, manufacture and maintenance of hydromechanical equipment.
Reaching the pinnacle
10 December, 2018
ICOLD President Michael Rogers speaks with IWP&DC about his appointment, which he describes as the pinnacle of his professional career.
Call for papers – ICOLD’S Dams and Earthquakes group
24 October, 2018
The deadline is approaching for abstract submissions for the 3rd meeting of the ICOLD European Club Working Group ”Dams and Earthquakes”, to take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 6-8 May 2019.
Michael Rogers named new president of ICOLD
17 July, 2018
Michael Rogers has been elected as the new president of the International Commission of Large Dams (ICOLD), taking over from outgoing president Anton Schleiss.
Integrated geohazard assessments to aid resilience of hydropower infrastructure
27 June, 2018
Professor John M Reynolds explains why he believes an Integrated Geohazard Assessment (IGA) should be undertaken as part of both best practice and sensible due diligence in dam development activities.
A workplace for women
17 May, 2018
Tracey Williamson is the first female Chair of the British Dam Society; she is quite certain she will not be the last. However, to ensure that encouraging women into civil engineering is kept on the agenda, Williamson says that we need to keep talking about it, provide positive role models and demonstrate that this is a workplace for women.
Safety is no accident
12 March, 2018
The prevention of tailings dam disasters is described as being an ambitious and challenging goal, made more difficult by the competitive, international and cyclical nature of the mining industry. Sixteen years ago ICOLD issued recommendations for change, and although tailings management has improved in some areas, the mining industry still fails to achieve a zero-failure rate. Suzanne Pritchard looks at a recent report by the United Nations Rapid Response Assessment Series, which hopes to encourage action to make zero catastrophic incidents become a reality.
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?