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Water under the bridge?
22 December, 2010
Ten years have passed since publication of the World Commission on Dams’ final report. Suzanne Pritchard spoke to some of those involved in this revolutionary process in the big dams debate. But is WCD still topical now in 2010, or is it all just water under the bridge?

Facing reality on dam development
22 December, 2010
The World Commission on Dams report overlooked the benefits of and improvements made by dams to society, says ICOLD president Jia Jingsheng. In addition, its guidelines were somewhat idealistic. However ten years on, ICOLD believes that the negative impacts of project development should never be suppressed, overlooked or underestimated. The construction and operation of dams and hydropower projects can no longer be considered as a purely scientific and technical matter. A wide range of other aspects are involved today

Lest we forget: learning from international dam incidents
28 October, 2010
The combination of ageing dams, retirement of experienced dam engineers and increased consequences of dam failure due to downstream development underscore the need to better ensure the future safety of dams worldwide. Past experience must not be forgotten and lessons learned must be captured for future generations. The Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI International) is paving the way forward in global communication, coordination and collaboration through their Dam Safety Interest Group (DSIG). A selection of case studies from the organisation’s recent workshop on international dam incidents and failures is presented below

New and renewed funding in Europe
28 October, 2010
European development banks are funding new hydro and rehabilitation projects around the perimeter of the region, often alongside the World Bank, and their efforts also reach further afield. Report by Patrick Reynolds

Dam safety and earthquakes
20 September, 2010
IWP&DC presents a position paper of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), prepared by the Committee on Seismic Aspects of Dam Design

Watershed analysis
20 September, 2010
Brian Yanity and Brian Hirsch present an analysis of conventional and in-stream hydro power in the Yukon River watershed

The resurgence of hydropower
20 September, 2010
Dr Peter Mason, Technical Director of International Dams and Hydropower at global environment and water specialists MWH, explains why he thinks hydropower is back in favour

Grande Dixence – an engineering achievement
10 August, 2010
The Grande Dixence hydro power complex in Switzerland is still considered to be one of the industry’s greatest engineering achievements

Conference call - review of the USSD's annual meeting
13 July, 2010
The US Society on Dams reports on its successful annual conference, held in the US from 12-16 April 2010

Focus on refurbishment
08 July, 2010
Over the past few years there have been some impressive refurbishment projects undertaken in the hydro power and dams industry. Here, IWP&DC presents details on 10 of the most interesting and innovative projects underway or recently completed in North America

Arthur H. Walz honoured with 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award
08 June, 2010
The United States Society on Dams (USSD) recently honoured Arthur H. Walz, Jr., P.E., with the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual whose lifetime of dedication and achievement has contributed significantly to the dam engineering profession. Walz has been providing technical leadership on geotechnical issues affecting worldwide dam and water resource projects throughout his distinguished 45-year professional engineering career.

Spotlight on Asia
10 May, 2010
Vietnam plays host to the dam community this year. Ahead of ICOLD’s Annual Meeting, IWP&DC gives an insight into dam and hydro power development across Asia.

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