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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

Indian insights
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

Asian activities
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.

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.

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?

How to avoid the digital traps of the 21st century
11 September, 2017
Energy companies and water utilities must treat cyber risks as permanent and persistent risks to their entire enterprise, and develop an organisation-wide cyber strategy to ensure effective risk management. Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, explains how the hydropower industry can combat rising cyber threats.

Seismic considerations
18 January, 2017
New ICOLD Bulletins are now available from the Committee on Seismic Aspects of Dam Design.

Large or small - does dam size matter?
12 August, 2016
IWP&DC asked members of the US dams industry for their thoughts on whether dam size matters, and what are the prospects for future construction across the country?

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

Oxford study on large dams: the right to reply
25 June, 2014
Members of the dam industry have expressed their concern about a recent study from the University of Oxford on large dams. They claim it is unrepresentative; questioning the methodology used and the subjective conclusions it makes. Here they have their say.



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