World Construction Forum 2019, 8-11 Avril 2019

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to the World Construction Forum 2019

Buildings and Infrastructure Resilience


April 8–11, 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia




Respected Engineers, Professionals, Businessmen and Politicians,


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, we would like to cordially invite you to be actively involved into the World Construction Forum WCF2019 that will be held in the Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 8 – 11 April 2019 under the honorary patronage of His Excellency Mr. Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia.


The event is jointly organized by the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers (IZS) under the auspices of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and by the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering of the University of Ljubljana (UL FGG) with co-operation of several further international and national organizations and associations. The WCF2019 is dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Ljubljana Engineers Chamber predecessor of the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers and to the 100th Anniversary of the University of Ljubljana.


The WCF2019 overall theme is Buildings and Infrastructure Resilience from Climate Changes to Disaster Risk and Facility Management and we would like to attract different stakeholders interested into this topic, such as practicing engineers and architects, policy makers from administration bodies of all levels, researchers and scientists, university professors and students, construction industry representatives, developers and investors – all of you are invited to contribute to WCF2019 and be present at this important world event in Slovenia, a step forward from the successful World Engineering Forum WEF2012 in Ljubljana, Slovenia with its theme Sustainable Construction for People.


The WCF 2019 will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe. In the past, human interventions into the environment in Slovenia have been subjected to complex geological conditions, and this is still true despite modern technologies and technical advances. The Republic of Slovenia is a young European country but with a long tradition in landslide risk management that was always an important constitutional part of the organised landslide, erosion and torrent control activities that started towards the end of the 19th century during the Habsburg Empire.


Slovenia is coiled up by mountains, surrounded by Austria, Italy, Hungary and the Adriatic Sea on the one side, and Croatia on the other, this Central European country of two million inhabitants, which is only half the size of Switzerland, surprises most first-time visitors with the array of its landscapes and the rich cultural heritage. Slovenia has joined the European Union in 2004 and introduced the Euro as its official currency in January 2007. The same year, Slovenia also joined the Schengen Zone.


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USSD Conference and Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, 8-11 Avril 2019

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Second City – Second Chances: Stories of Rehabilitation, Modification, and Revitalization

April 8-11 -- Chicago Hilton



Dams and levees continue to provide essential public benefits including flood control, water supply, renewable energy, recreation, navigation, and habitat and environmental enhancement.  The need to maintain and improve our aging infrastructure has been well publicized, making it important to also share the great success stories of restoration and upgrades for dams and levees.

The “Second City” of Chicago is the site for the 2019 USSD Annual Conference.  The conference theme echoes Chicago’s history of rebuilding and modernization to adapt to changing public needs.  Rehabilitation, modification, and revitalization of dams and levees give new life to these existing structures through increased public safety and new or enhanced benefits. Papers and presentations addressing the conference theme and other technical topics remind ourselves and the greater community of the value of, and need for, dams and levees in society.




Conference Topics 

• Conference Theme: Second City, Second Chances: Stories of Rehabilitation, Modification, and Revitalization  

• Advocacy and Public Awareness 

• Concrete Dams

• Construction and Rehabilitation

• Dam Safety 

• Earthquakes

• Embankment Dams

• Environment and Sustainability/Dam Decommissioning

• Foundations

• Hydraulics and Hydrology

• Levees

• Monitoring of Dams and their Foundations

• Public Safety, Security and Emergency Management for Dams



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18. Deutsches Talsperrensymposium, 8-10 Mai 2019


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The German National Committee on Large Dams (DTK) organises the 18th German Dam Symposium from 8th to 10th of May 2019. This traditional event is already the 10th Dam Symposium taking place in reunified Germany, therefore, our symposium will be held in Leipzig, one of the most emblematic city for the German reunification.


Up-to-date, instructive and ambitious contributions as well as an interesting technical study tour will surely help to make the symposium a successful event again. The submitted papers will contribute decisively to the success of the symposium. The lectures of the selected speakers will be devoted to seven main topics listed below. The selected topics also reflect the redesign of the surrounding area of Leipzig to the „Neuseenland“ with numerous opencast mining lakes, and the fact that ICOLD, and to this extent the DTK, is now also addressing issues that affect small dams and levees.

The technical tour will take us to the mentioned „Neuseenland – new lake land“ that will show you the enormous water related changes that can be seen here in the follow-up landscape after brown coal mining. I hope that I could arouse your interest and I like to sincerely invite you at this stage.



Main topics


The following main topics are suggested:

• Landscape forming and restoration by means of dams and reservoirs (Restoration of devastated mining areas and reevaluation of the concerned  regions)

• Digitalisation in the field of dams and reservoirs (Application of up-to-date IT for design,  construction and operation of dams)

• Quo vadis water power utilization in Germany (Judgement of the situation at the moment and  tendencies; environmental aspects)

• Effective flood protection using flood retarding  basins, polders and levees (Projects and effects)

• News from technical framework for dams and  reservoirs (Standards, guidelines, bulletins)

• New solutions for construction, operation and  rehabilitation of dams (Examples and experiences)

• Contributions of German companies for foreign dam projects (Examples and experiences)



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87ème Réunion Annuelle - Ottawa, Canada, 9-14 Juin 2019

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Partagez votre savoir-faire sur les barrages durant l'événement annuel de la Commission internationale des grands barrages  (CIGB), en soumettant le résumé d'un article technique ou d'une affiche à présenter en juin 2019 à Ottawa, Canada.


Thème : Un monde de barrages durables et sécuritaires


Date limite : 29 septembre 2018


Visitez le site web de la CIGB 2019 pour de plus amples renseignements


Tony Bennett

Co-président, comité organisateur de la CIGB 2019


Johanne Bibeau

Co-présidente, comité organisateur de la CIGB 2019



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15th ICOLD Intl Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams, Milan, Italie, 9-12 Sept. 2019

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Numerical modelling has become the indispensable and powerful tool for design and safety assessment of dams. The tremendous development of computer hardware and software over the last decades has made it possible the present extraordinary  development of computer-based methods.


The benchmark-workshops organized by the ICOLD Technical Committee A “Computational Aspects of Analysis and Design of Dams” since 1991 provide an excellent opportunity for engineers, researchers and operators to present and exchange their experiences and the latest developments related to the design, performance and monitoring of dams.


The ICOLD Technical Committee A and ITCOLD, the Italian National Committee on Large Dams, have the pleasure to announce the organization of the 15th Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams to be held in Milano on 9th-11th September 2019.

The Workshop is co-organized with the Politecnico di Milano, that will host the event, and Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico - RSE.


Moreover, after the Workshop a short course on Modern Methods for Nonlinear Earthquake Response History Analysis of Concrete Dams will be given by Professor Anil K. Chopra (University of California, Berkeley) in collaboration with his research associates.


A Preliminary Program of the Workshop can be found here and the description about the proposed Themes can be downloaded here. Full handouts will be available starting with February 15th, 2019.




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ICOLD 2019 - 11ème ICOLD European Club Symposium en Grèce, 2-4 Octobre 2019

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The Greek Committee on Large Dams (GCOLD) would like to invite you to participate in the 11th ICOLD European Club Symposium to be held from the 2nd to 4th of October 2019 on the island of Crete, Greece. The theme of the Symposium is “The future of Dams (in Europe): Prospects and Challenges in a changing Environment”. The Symposium is under the auspices of ICOLD and has the support, among others, of the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure, the Region of Crete and the Organization for the Development of Crete.


The Greek Committee on Large Dams (GCOLD) was formed in 1964 and immediately joined the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD). It became a member of the European Club of ICOLD in 2010 and is actively participating ever since.

Dam construction in Greece followed the country’s development and large projects were constructed in the last 50 years for hydropower, water supply, irrigation and flood protection. A boom in dam construction occurred in the last 20 years. Many dam types were built to adjust to the complicated geological environment, the availability of construction materials and the high seismicity of the region. Dam design and construction is still strong in Greece.

Recently a National Dam Safety Regulation (DSR) was established together with a Dam Management Authority, responsible for overseeing the application of the DSR.


The Symposium will cover a wide range of topics including Advances in Dam Engineering, Dam Safety and Risk Management, Social impact and awareness, Successes and problems in implementing the European Water Framework Directive and relevant Guidelines and Dam and Reservoir Management in the changing European Environment.


The island of Crete, situated between the Aegean and the Libyan Sea, has been a cross road of ancient civilizations. This has left a rich inheritance of ancient monuments and artifacts of unparalleled beauty. Modern Crete, one of the wealthiest parts of Greece, has built a number of large dams for irrigation, water supply, flood protection and hydro power. Having a substantial infrastructure for conferences and a magnificent natural coastal and mountainous environment, it is an ideal place to combine a successful EuroCOLD Symposium with field trips and recreational activities. Crete in early October is warm enough for enjoying the outdoors and the beaches.


We would like to extend the invitation for participation to the members of EuroCOLD as well as to all ICOLD members. We are expecting you all to come to Crete for a fruitful, memorable and enjoyable 11th ICOLD European Club Symposium.


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