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ICOLD was founded in 1928 and has National Committees from more than 90 countries with approximately 10 000 individual members.

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ICOLD members are essentially practising engineers, geologists and scientists form governmental or private organizations, consulting firms, universities, laboratories and construction companies.

The International Commission on Large Dams

 

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) is a non-governmental International Organization which provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in dam engineering.

 

The Organization leads the profession in ensuring that dams are built safely, efficiently, economically, and without detrimental effects on the environment. Its original aim was to encourage advances in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of large dams and their associated civil works, by collecting and disseminating relevant information and by studying related technical questions.

 

Since the late sixties, focus was put on subjects of current concern such as dam safety, monitoring of performance, reanalysis of older dams and spillways, effects of ageing and environmental impact. More recently, new subjects include cost studies at the planning and construction stages, harnessing international rivers, information for the public at large, and financing.

 

Publications
142 Bulletin 142
bulletin on safe passage of extreme floods
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143 Bulletin 143
Historical review on ancient Dams
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144 Bulletin 144
Cost savings in Dams
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153 Bulletin 153
Sustainable design and post-closure performance of tailings dams
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155 Bulletin 155
Guidelines for use of numerical models in dam engineering
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149 New Bulletin 149
Role of dams on the development and management of rivers basins.
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152 New Bulletin 152
Cost savings in specific dams
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Registre des Barrages
The WRD is the best available data basis on dams in the world and we are constantly striving to better it.
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156 New Bulletin 156
Integrated flood risk management
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24 New 24th Congress
Kyoto Congress 2012
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