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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

The second phase
12 November, 2018
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) provides information on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, and details on how work is progressing on Phase II

High-tech fish surveys making a splash in the Himalayas
12 September, 2018
Leeanne E. Alonso, a Biodiversity Specialist with the International Finance Corporation, gives more details about innovative and non-evasive fish documentation for assessing hydropower impacts

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?

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

Malaria impact of African dams
07 March, 2016
New research claims that African dams are linked to over one million Malaria cases annually. Developers of future dam projects are being urged to consider better disease control measures. Furthermore, communication between water and health communities should be improved in order to address Malaria while planning, designing and operating African dams.

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.

Hydro institute set to promote Pakistani development
15 August, 2014
Pakistani hydropower is largely underdeveloped. Only 6500MW of installed capacity is currently in operation out of 54,000MW of potential. A lack of up-to-date technical competence and the retirement of experienced engineers have been identified as potential barriers to further development. The establishment of the national Hydropower Training Institute has been described as being paramount to promote the construction of hydro power projects. Rizwan Ahmad Khan from the Water and Power Development Authority gives more details.

A shared vision for the Nile Basin
12 June, 2014
Jane Baitwa gives more information about the historic efforts of the Nile Basin Initiative. Trans-boundary water cooperation in hydropower development can offer real solutions to national energy challenges, she says.

Introducing the ARC-Boat
06 June, 2014
The ARC-Boat is a remote controlled boat used to deploy river, estuary and reservoir survey technology. HR Wallingford’s Dr Keith Powell and Craig Goff explain how the boat was developed, and look at how it has been delivering value for end users.

Power list: who will infuence the hydropower sector in 2014?
25 March, 2014
Who will be helping to shape the hydropower industry in 2014? The editorial team at IWP&DC reveals a list of the people we think will have major influence on the market this year.

Battling against power threats
16 May, 2013
Much needed hydropower, and other renewable energy development across Africa, could be compromised by theft and vandalism. Carole Rosenlund explains more.

Seismic design of major components
22 April, 2013
Martin Wieland presents details on the seismic design and safety aspects of bottom outlets, spillways, intake structures, penstocks and switchyards of large dam projects.

Merging hydraulics with biology
14 March, 2013
Recognising that environmental sustainability is a global issue, researchers from the US, Australia and Lao PDR have joined forces in a collaborative effort to improve safe fish passage through hydropower systems. By expanding knowledge beyond salmon to other species, advances in technology can be used to have positive global impacts and ensure the sustainable expansion of hydro.

Engineering the route to a smarter economy
05 February, 2013
Closing the generational gap and transferring skills from retiring to graduating engineers is one of many personnel issues facing the hydropower and dams industry. However other worrying workplace trends are making this more of a complex task. Why is it that with impending shortages of young engineers being forecast, it becomes evident that the majority of qualified women do not actually continue to work in the engineering industry? With engineering and technology set to play strategic roles in economic recovery worldwide, Suzanne Pritchard explains why this must be resolved.

Making a case for sedimentation
29 June, 2012
According to the International Sediment Initiative (ISI), sedimentation issues are often ignored because the scale of the problem can seem too overwhelming. Recent research by ISI is working towards creating a holistic approach to the remediation and conservation of surface waters, with the management of dams and reservoirs playing a key part. Suzanne Pritchard takes a closer look at ISI’s recent interim case study report.

Hydro helps Fiji reach renewable goals
22 June, 2012
Innovative hydro projects on one of Fiji’s remote islands supply an added 20% of the country’s electricity needs through renewable energy. Greg Brown gives an interesting insight into the 42MW Nadarivatu project, which is due for completion in April 2012.

Advances in raise boring
22 June, 2012
Advances in the design and construction of reaming heads and rock tools has seen the technique of raise boring become increasingly effective to the point where it can now be used in very hard rock, in confined urban areas, and in deep underground locations, writes Goran Strand of Sandvik Mining and Construction

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