2nd International DAM WORLD Conference (Lisbon, Portugal, April 2015)

The Second International DAM WORLD Conference (DW2015) will take place in Lisbon (Portugal) on April 21-24, 2015.


This event, organized by the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC), will include high level scientific sessions, Plenary Lecturers and One-Day Courses.

In addition, the DW2015 Technical Tour will include a technical visit to the final works of Foz Tua dam and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Alto Douro Wine Region.   

The main themes of the conference include:

Douro River


  • T1 – Concrete and Masonry Dams
  • T2 – Embankment Dams
  • T3 – Appurtenant Works
  • T4 – Tailing Dams
  • T5 – Environmental Issues
  • T6 – Finance and Economic Aspects
  • T7 – Regulation


Further information can be found at www.dw2015.lnec.pt

Contact: Conference Secretariat (damworld@lnec.pt)


10th Spanish National Congress on Large Dams (Seville, Spain, February 2015)

The 10th edition of the Spanish National Congress on Large Dams will take place in Seville on February 18-20, 2015.

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Seville (Spain)

This congress, organized by the Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD), will focus on two main topics:

  • Innovation and technology): Dam safety.
    • Planning, design and construction.
    • Spillways and outlet works.
    • Maintenance and rehabilitation.
  • Sustainab1st Bulletinle management: Dam operation, dam governance and international practices.
    • Dam operation.
    • Sedimentation.
    • International.
    • Public information and education.

You may download the first bulletin from this link: Boletin_X_JEP

Further information can be found at www.jornadasespanolasdepresas.com

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


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.

Organized by:

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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.


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.


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.

Organized by:

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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].

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.