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Safety management of dams – the Australian practice
03 June, 2021
Dr Gamini Adikari and Natalie Kho of SMEC present details on dam safety practice and legislation in Australia
24 February, 2021
IWP&DC spoke with Devendra Kumar Sharma, Vice President of the International Commission on Large Dams, and President of the Indian Committee on Large Dams, about current and future dam building in India
Redefining border lines
12 January, 2021
IWP&DC gives an update on Mekong River developments, plus new research which looks at the importance of subnational river borders.
Harnessing hydropower in Malaysia
07 December, 2020
Malaysia has relatively abundant hydropower resources, albeit unevenly distributed among the different parts of the country, with heavier concentrations in Sabah and Sarawak. The first major hydropower dam, the Chenderoh Dam (27MW), was constructed in 1930. In the decades that followed, systematic development of the country’s natural resources has contributed over 27,300GWh of energy annually from an overall installed capacity of 6240MW. This represents about 17% of total generation capacity (34,200MW) in the country, including gas, solar, coal and other power sources. Report by Zainal Abidin Othman, Director and Chairman of SMEC (Malaysia) Sdn Berhad
Better and greener - including sustainable hydropower
24 November, 2020
In an effort to encourage countries to include sustainable hydropower development in their Covid-19 recovery plans, the World Bank recently hosted a virtual conference with a host of respected speakers. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
A capable and flexible technology
13 November, 2020
Pumped storage hydropower has proven to be an ideal solution to the growing list of challenges faced by grid operators. As the transition to a clean energy future rapidly unfolds, this flexible technology will become even more important for a reliable, affordable and low carbon grid. Nicholas Troja and Samuel Law from the International Hydropower association explain more.
Revisiting the debate on large dams
03 April, 2020
Twenty years have passed since the World Commission on Dams issued its final report. Christopher Schulz from the University of Cambridge in the UK asks if the commission mattered and what have been its impacts and legacies?
Chinese-linked hydropower in South-East Asia
20 March, 2020
A recent research project has investigated the motivations behind Chinese involvement in overseas hydropower construction, and the challenges and opportunities for local governments and populations
07 September, 2019
IWP&DC spoke to Brian Selby of GE and Ajay Sharma of Entura to talk about their involvement in projects across Asia
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.
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.
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.
DRIP by DRIP
15 March, 2018
Dam safety has become a focal point of attention across India, where the World Bank is supporting an initiative to assist with rehabilitation, safety and project management.
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?
Algorithm designed for Mekong dam management
04 January, 2018
Researchers have presented a new algorithm to help dam operators protect – and possibly improve – food supplies and businesses throughout the Mekong river basin, with the research expected to be applicable to other large river systems around the world.