Bulletin 162

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Bulletin 178

Operation of Hydraulic Structures of Dams

Bulletin 180

Dam Surveillance - Lessons learnt from case histories

27th Congress

Marseille June 2022
World Register of Dams / Registre Mondial des Barrages

World Register of Dams / Registre Mondial des Barrages

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Position Paper

Position Paper

Position Paper - Dam Safety and Earthquakes



HYDRO 2023

Edinburgh International Congress Centre (EICC), Scotland

16-18 October 2023


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Ancold Conference

ANCOLD Conference 2023

Cairns Convention Centre

24 - 27 October 2023


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9th Symposium RCC and CMD Dams

9th Int'l Symposium on RCC Dams and Cemented Material Dams

Guangzhou City, China

Dec.4th - 8th,2023


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ICOLD 2024

92nd Annual Meeting & Int'l Symposium

New Delhi, India

18 - 24 October 2024


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The History of the World Register of Dams

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The History of the World Register of Dams


The World Register of Dams (WRD) is a fizzy fountain of information for design, construction, scientifical work and statistical work and statistical evaluations. The last census includes more than 58.000 large dams according the definition of ICOLD (height at least of 15 m above the foundation or above 5 m with a capacity above 3 million of m3). For each dam more than 40 statistical information are given, amongst them geographical data, data of the dam, the spillway, the reservoir, the responsible as well as important environmental data…


It is worth to look back to the first attempts of creating a worldwide register of large dams corresponding to the ICOLD criteria of such dams.


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