Sharing experiences on risk-informed dam safety management: Regional course in Tucumán (June 2017)

The second edition of the regional course “Dam safety in Latin America” was held in Tucumán (Argentina) on 18 – 25 June 2017.

The course was organized by the International Centre for Hydropower (ICH, Norway), the World Bank and ORSEP.
More than 30 participants from 11 countries attended this 6-day course.

Lectures included basic concepts and best practices on dam safety in different countries, including a presentation by Jessica Castillo with title “Risk-informed dam safety management“.

For further information, you may visit

Regional Course ” Dam safety in Latin America”  (June 2017)

Advances on dam risk analysis presented during the 2017 USSD Conference (April 2017)

The 2017 USSD Conference was held in Anaheim (California) from 3 to 7 April 2017.

The theme for this edition of the conference was “It’s a Small World: Managing Our Water Resources“.

On Tuesday April 4, two sessions on Risk were conducted, including presentations on consequence estimation, individual risk evaluation, geotechnical aspects, common cause adjustment and failure mode analysis, uncertainty analysis and risk assessment for levee design.

Ignacio Escuder presented the paper “Epistemic vs Natural Uncertainty in Dam Safety Decision Making: Is it Fair Play?“, as part of this session.

The detailed program can be found in this link.

2013 ICOLD Annual Meeting: Seattle, Washington (USA)

Seattle, Washington

The 81st Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) will take place in Seattle, Washington (USA), in August 2013.

The program includes eigth workshops, a symposium, pre-meeting and post-meeting study tours, technical tours as well as social and cultural events from August 12 to August 16.

The theme of the symposium on Wednesday, August 14, is “Changing Times: Infrastructure Development to Infrastructure Management”. This theme recognizes that much of the world, including the United States, faces the challenges of managing an aging dam infrastructure during a time when sustainability, safety and security concerns are paramount.Concurrent sessions and a poster session will maximize opportunities for delegates to make presentations.

Post-meeting toursEight half-day workshops on Thursday and Friday will highlight new developments and experiences in the long term management of dams. The workshops will focus on current “hot topics” which have been discussed extensively in the United States, and are of interest internationally. Each workshop will cover the U.S. experience, and also discuss the international perspective. USSD Technical Committees will organize the workshops.

You may find further information at the ICOLD 2013 website or by downloading the initial bulletin in this link.

9th ICOLD European Club Symposium: Venice, Italy, April 2013

The 9th ICOLD EUROPEAN CLUB SYMPOSIUM will be held in Venice, Italy, on 10 – 12 April 2013.

EU_ICOLD_Venice2013This symposium is organized in the context of the ICOLD European Club activities, and it will be dedicated to Sharing Experience for Safe and Sustainable Water Storage.

The aim of the ICOLD European Club is the exchange of information and experiences on matters of common interest, and is pursued by encouraging regular European Symposia and Working Groups about subjects related to the dam design, construction, operation, maintenance and social, environmental and economic aspects of dams and reservoirs. Other eight Symposia have been held since 1993 (Chambery, France). The last Symposium took place in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2010.

The technical contributions for this 9th ICOLD European Club Symposium will be related to the following topics:

  • First_bulletin_EU_ICOLD_2013A) Water resources management in Europe
  • B) Preservation and development of European hydraulic infrastructure system
  • C) An outlook to the future of dams and hydropower: the new challenges
  • D) Social/environmental impacts vs. benefits of reservoirs: a still open question
  • E) Towards improving and harmonizing dams governance in Europe

Technical visits will be organized on Saturday, April 13th, to dams (including the Vajont dam) and other interesting hydraulic works.

For further information, please check the 9th ICOLD EUROPEAN CLUB SYMPOSIUM website here. The first bulletin can be found by following this link.

HYDRO2012, International Conference and Exhibition

The HYDRO 2012 conference is organized by the International Journal on Hydropower & Dams.

HYDRO2012 This conference will be held in the city of Bilbao, Spain, from October 29 to October 31, 2012.

The conference programme will focus on the most practical aspects of hydro development worldwide. A major Technical Exhibition will run concurrently with sessions and workshops.

The HYDRO 2012 cultural and social programme will offer extra networking opportunities.

In addition, planned study tours will offer delegates the opportunity to visit the latest developments across various parts of the country.

Frontpage HYDRO2012 programme

You will find the conference programme by following this link. 

For further information, you may visit the HYDRO2012 website here.

Dam Safety 2012

Dam Safety 2012, is one of the leading conferences in the United States dedicated to dam safety engineering and technology transfer.

Dam Safety 2012

This annual conference is organized by ASDSO (Association of State Dam Safety Officials). This year the conference was held in Denver (Colorado) from September 16-21, 2012.

In addition, the 5th Annual National Dam Security Forum was also held in the Colorado Convention Center and it has provided State dam safety officials, owners, operators and additional stakeholders with a unique opportunity to discuss a variety of technical and non-technical issues pertaining to the safety, security and resilience of the Nation’s dams and related infrastructure. Lori Spragens, ASDSO Executive Director and Enrique Matheu, Department of Homeland Security were Forum Co-Chairs.

Dam Safety 2013 will be held September 8-12 at the Providence Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Blog Inauguration

Dear visitor,

This website, the Blog of Risk Analysis and Critical Infrastructure Management, is proposed as a new platform where we would like to start sharing with you news, events and updates on dam risk analysis and critical infrastructure management.

You will find several categories where we will post periodically news and relevant information:

–          Risk analysis
–          Critical infrastructures
–          Dam safety
–          Dam security
–          Flood risk

All of you are welcome to participate in this web with your comments, recommendations, press release, etc. which will be of interest to all those related to this field.

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