Workshop: Venice (Italy), April 2013 – Follow-up

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Last April 9, 2013, a workshop on “Fundamentals, Practical tools and Applications of Risk Informed Dam Safety Management”, was held at the NH Laguna Palace Venice Mestre.

This Workshop, organized by the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) in collaboration with RSE SpA (Italy), focused on fundamentals of risk-informed dam safety management, along with practical tools for application of risk analysis and real-world case studies, including examples from Italy, Spain and the United States.

The Workshop had 35 participants from 13 countries (Austria, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Turkey and United States).

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For further information you may visit the Workshop website.

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Kick-off Meeting of E2STORMED project in Valencia

The first meeting of the E2STORMED project (Improvement of energy efficiency in the water cycle by the use of innovative storm water management in smart Mediterranean cities) took place on March 21st and 22nd in Valencia (Spain).

This project is funded by the MED Programme of the European Union. E2STORMED aims to improve energy efficiency in the urban water cycle and in buildings by promoting the use of innovative storm water solutions such as Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in Mediterranean cities.

This project is led by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, with nine different project partners from Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Malta.

On March 21st, the kick-off meeting was attended by all project partners and also by Juan Viesca, General Director of European Projects and Funds in Valencian Region, Zacharias Doxastakis, mayor of Hersonissos (Greece) and José Joaquín Segarra, mayor of Benaguasil (Spain).

On March 22nd, an Open Day in Benaguasil was organized. Project members visit some of the Sustainable Drainage Systems that have been implemented in this town, e.g. a permeable pavement and a garden irrigated with water from rainfall.

More information about this project can be found in this link.

Workshop: Venice (Italy), April 2013 – Scientific Programme

The updated scientific programme of the Workshop on Fundamentals, Practical tools and Applications of Risk Informed Dam Safety Management that will be held in Venice (Italy) on April 9, 2013 is already available.

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This Workshop, organized by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain) in collaboration with RSE SpA (Italy), will be held at the NH Laguna Palace Mestre-Venice Hotel.

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This workshop will take place the day before the 9th ICOLD European Club Symposium.

Registration with reduced fees will be available until March 15, 2013.

For further information you may visit the Workshop website.

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22nd SRA-E Conference: Trondheim, June 2013

The 22nd SRA-Europe annual conference will be held 17-19 June 2013 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

srae13-toppThe theme of the conference is “Safe societies – coping with complexity and major risk”, concerning challenges related to our society’s vulnerability to major risk of natural and industrial disasters, malicious attacks, financial breakdowns, and epidemic diseases.

Abstracts may be presented orally or in a poster session. Full-length papers will be assessed for publication in a special issue of Journal of Risk Research. In addition, initiatives to organize special symposia related to the conference themes can be presented.

The deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals for symposia is 15 February 2013. For further information you may visit the conference website.

News: “New Spanish Technical Guide on Operation of Dams and Reservoirs”

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Dr. José Polimón (President of SPANCOLD), Ms. Liana Ardiles (Dir. General of Water, Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment) and René Gómez (Ebro River Authority)

The Technical Seminar on “Governance and prioritization of hydraulic infrastructure investments”, organized by the Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD), was held in Madrid on December 11, 2012.

The new Technical Guide No.8, Vol.I, on Operation of Dams and Reservoirs, published by SPANCOLD, was presented during this seminar, opened by Ms. Liana Ardiles López, Director General of Water at the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

The presentation of the Technical Guide “Risk Analysis applied to Management of Dam Safety” included contributions from Arturo Gil García (SPANCOLD), Dr. Ignacio Escuder Bueno (UPV), Dr. Armando Serrano Lombillo (iPresas, UPV Spin-off), and Eduardo Rojo Martínez (IBERDROLA).

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Presentation of the new Technical Guide
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Presentation of the new Technical Guide
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Technical Guide
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The event also included the presentation of the application of risk analysis for prioritizing investments in dam safety to a portfolio of dams of the Duero River Authority.

With 150 attendees, the event was a success and concluded with a panel discussion with participants from organizations such as SPANCOLD, General Directorate of Water, Catalan Water Agency and Ebro River Authority.

All participants received a copy of the Technical Guide. An English version can be found on this link.

Technical Seminar: Madrid, December 2012

A technical seminar on “Governance and prioritization of hydraulic infrastructure investments” will be conducted in Madrid (Spain) on December 11, 2012.technical guide

During this seminar, the new Technical Guide on Operation of Dams and Reservoirs, entitled “Risk Analysis applied to Management of Dam Safety”, will be presented.

This seminar, organized by SPANCOLD (Spanish National Committee on Large Dams), will take place at the Assembly Hall of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

You may find further information in this link  [content in Spanish].

FLOODrisk 2012 has ended, looking forward to FLOODrisk 2016

The FLOODrisk 2012 conference, held in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), has come to an end. The event, coordinated by Deltares, HR Wallingford, Samui and FloodControl2015, was a great success by all accounts.

Floodrisk Game AwardIt had over 500 participants, from 37 different countries covering all regions of the world. During three days (20-22 November 2012), all attendees had the opportunity of participating in 34 technical sessions, 13 special sessions and 4 plenary sessions, as well as 3 poster sessions.

Participants also had the opportunity to visit the stands of 20 exhibitors and be informed of some remarkable new developments, new technologies and new research and findings by a number of European projects.

Yo may find further information by following this link to the FLOODrisk 2012 website.