18. Deutsches Talsperrensymposium, 8-10 May 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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11th ICOLD European Club Symposium in Greece, 2-4 October 2019

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Dear Colleagues and Friends

A two-days Seminar on FLOOD MANAGEMENT, SPILLWAY DESIGN AND PUBLIC SAFETY will be held just before the 11th ICOLD European Club Symposium, on Monday 30/9/2019 and Tuesday 1/10/2019.

High level international experts will lecture on the following topics:


  1. Design of Spillways – Selected topics of recent developments.
    Instructor: Prof. Dr. Anton J. Schleiss, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  2. Flood forecasting, dam operation and public safety during floods.
    Instructor: Dr. Bernard Joos, Stucky SA, Switzerland
  3. Rehabilitation, upgrading and maintenance of spillways.
    Instructor: Dr. Denis Aelbrecht, Electricitè de France (EDF) – Hydro Engineering Center
  4. Flood hydrology - State of the art plus extreme events occurrence.
    Instructor: Professor Demetris Koutsoyiannis, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
  5. Spillways and flood propagation.
    Instructor: Assoc. Professor Panos Papanicolaou, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)


The Seminar will be of great value and should be attended by owners and managers of dams and reservoirs, members of Dam Safety Organizations, scientists that are interested in research on flood management and dam safety and scientists involved in the design, construction and operation of reservoirs.


Further details can be found by clicking here.

The registration deadline is on 31st of May 2019.


Please click here to register.


We are looking forward to welcoming you in Chania – Greece.

George Dounias
GCOLD President
Chair of the 11th ICOLD European Club Symposium


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



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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5th Asian-Pacific Group symposium, on December 9-13, 2019, in Tehran, Iran




5th Asian-Pacific Group Symposium, on December 9-13, 2019, in Tehran, Iran 



Invitation from the Vice President of ICOLD, President of IRCOLD and Chairman of APG 2019

As the President of Iranian Committee on Large Dams (IRCOLD) who is the host organization, I am so delighted to welcome all participants of the 5th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Water and Dams (APG 2019) on December 10-11, 2019, to Tehran, IRAN. This is an excellent opportunity for IRAN to host this international scientific event and we are happy to have distinguished scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in the dam and water industries here in Tehran. Hope the Symposium and your visit to Tehran would be beyond your expectations and a most pleasant one.

Symposium will start with pre-study tours and then technical sessions and will be followed by workshops and post-study tours. The workshops will provide an international forum for the academics from universities and institutes, principal investigators from industries, and practicing engineers from private and public firms to present and discuss their up-to-date reviews of recent accomplishments and the future trends in the field of dam and water engineering. The symposium not only serves as an excellent arena for sharing and exchanging the latest developments and experiences related to design, performance, rehabilitation and environmental aspects of dams, but also acts as a catalyst to bring delegates from many different parts of the world to stimulate interest, encourage cooperation, results in new friendships and renew existing ones.

Away from the technical program of the symposium, we hope you will enjoy the social occasions and cultural events in Tehran: Opening Ceremony, Welcome Reception, City Tours, Banquet.

I believe that APG 2019 will have an impact on the development of dam and water engineering, and will also provide a forum for discussion, sharing knowledge and experiences, innovative ideas, research results and will foster collaborations amongst the participants.

I hope you accept my sincere invitation and contribute in establishing an informative, successful and productive symposium and help us achieve our goals. I am extremely sure that your kind contribution will promote and enhance the level of the symposium.

As I wish you a productive and rewarding meeting, I welcome you once again on behalf of Iranian Committee on Large Dams (IRCOLD). We look forward to seeing you in the friendly and safe city of Tehran for APG 2019 along with your colleagues, family and friends and hope you enjoy the hospitality and culture of beautiful IRAN during your stay. The Organizing Committee promises an exciting and excellent International Symposium.


Dr. Ali Noorzad
Vice President of ICOLD
President of IRCOLD
Chairman of APG 2019



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87th Annual Meeting - Ottawa, Canada, 9-14 June 2019

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Contribute your knowledge to 2019's leading conference on dams. We invite you to submit an abstract for a technical paper or poster to be presented at the International Commission on Large Dams, June 2019 in Ottawa, Canada.


Theme: Sustainable and Safe Dams Around the World


Deadline: September 29, 2018


Visit the ICOLD 2019 website for additional information



Tony Bennett

Co-chair, ICOLD 2019 Organizing Committee


Johanne Bibeau

Co-chair, ICOLD 2019 Organizing Committee




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88th Annual Meeting of International Commission on Large Dams New Delhi, 4-10th April 2020

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Welcome to the 88thAnnual Meeting of International Commission on Large Dams

New Delhi, 4-10th April 2020



The INCOLD is proud to host the 88th Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams in India’s capital city, New Delhi. INCOLD has a long tradition of collaboration with other National Committees of ICOLD and participation in the development of large Dams as well as leading guidance for engineers and other professionals.


All the engineers and other professionals contribute their expertise to develop large dams for irrigation and other multipurpose uses along with power generation with eco-friendly measures. India is 3rd in terms of number of large dams after USA and China. In terms of irrigation India ranks 2nd worldwide having largest irrigated land area. The ground system is the largest, covering – 160 million ha of cultivated land in India with 39 million ha irrigated by ground water, 22 million ha by irrigated canals. About two third of cultivation in India is still depending on monsoon. India is the 7th largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world. As on 31.12.2018, India’s installed utility-scale hydroelectric capacity is 45,399 MW or 13.10 % of its total utility power generation capacity.

India’s state- of- art technology being illustrated by constructing large dams like Bhakra, Tehri, Sardarsorvar and many more mega projects.


The Participation in ICOLD 2020 shall encourage the Indian experts as well as global experts from Dam industry to share their experiences among similar community. This event will provide an excellent opportunity to know recent trends in Dam industry.



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8th International Symposium on RCC Dams, 11-12 November 2019, Kunming China

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to the 8th International Symposium on RCC Dams

Nov.11th-12th, Kunming China







Chinese National Committee on Large Dams (CHINCOLD) and Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD) have the honor to invite professionals to the 8th International Symposium on Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) Dams, which will be held on Nov. 11th-12th, 2019 in Kunming City, China, together with the CHINCOLD 2019 Annual Meeting.


RCC dams have the virtues of saving a great deal of concrete, building quickly, making project cost down and early bringing into playing project advantages and so on. Hence, the technique of constructing dams has been quickly spread and applied since it came out. Today there are more than 400 RCC dams in more than 40 countries. Great successful experiences and advanced technologies have been achieved. CHINCOLD and SPANCOLD have devoted to promote the technology from early 1990’s. The first Symposium on RCC dams was jointly organized by the two committees in 1991 in Beijing China, which was a success start of the series of RCC Symposiums.


Following those successful and fruitful Symposiums held in Beijing (China) in 1991, Santander (Spain) in 1995, Chengdu (China) in 1999, Madrid (Spain) in 2003, Zaragoza (Spain) in 2012 and Chengdu (China) in 2015, the coming one jointly organized by CHINCOLD and SPANCOLD, will continue to contribute significantly to the knowledge and application of RCC technology with a wide range of contents and international scope. The Symposium will serve as a perfect venue for practitioners, engineers, researchers, scientists, managers and decision makers from all over the world to exchange ideas and technology about the latest developments dealing with RCC dams.


Beside international best practice, the participants will also have the occasion to visit some famous RCC dams in China in operation or under construction, such as Huangdeng RCC Gravity Dam (H=203m), Jin’anqiao RCC Gravity Dam (H=160m), Dachaoshan RCC Gravity Dam (H=115m), Dahuaqiao RCC Gravity Dam (H=107m) and etc. Also a technical exhibition for enterprises related to hydropower and dams will be held during the Symposium.





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After the floods, from Red Cross to heads of state, a general call for more dams, November 12th


After the floods, from Red Cross to heads of state, a general call for more dams

November 12th



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Asia Pacific Group (APG) : International Symposium in Sapporo, Japan, from September 26 to 29, 2016.

4th Asia-Pacific Group Symposium & 9th East Asian Area Dam Conference


Date: September 25th~30th, 2016
Place: The Royton Sapporo, Japan
Main Theme: Innovative Technologies for Dams and Reservoirs Toward the Future Generations

EADC and APG Joint Symposium served as a catalyst to strengthen international cooperation on the advancement of dam engineering and business society in Asia-Pacific Area.










President Kyung-Taek Yum [APG]




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CDA Annual Conference, 4-5 October 2014, Banff (Alberta-Canada)


CDA Annual Conference

4-5 October 2014,

Banff (Alberta-Canada)



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China-Africa : successful workshop and tour, November 2010


China-Africa : successful workshop and tour

November 2010



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Construction of Belo Monte resumes, 1st Sept 2012


Construction of Belo Monte resumes

1st Sept 2012



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ICID and ICOLD Presidents write to World Bank President


ICID and ICOLD Presidents write to World Bank President




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ICOLD 27th Congress - 89th Annual Meeting - Marseille (France) - 5 to 11 June 2021

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ICOLD 27th Congress - 89th Annual Meeting

Marseille, France

5-11 June 2021


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ICOLD Innovation Award for 26th Congress (Vienna, Austria) in July 2018



  • Open for single authors or teams




  • Diploma
  • 1500 Euros
  • Free access to the Congress




Different kind of innovations are accepted, both scientific and technical contributions as:

  • New solutions
  • New methods for construction
  • New materials
  • New environmental friendly approaches


Evaluation Committee:


  • L. LIA  President ICOLD Innovation Award
  • A. CHRAIBI   Vice President Africa
  • M. ROGERS  Vice President America
  • M. LINO   Vice President Europe
  • Z. JIANPING  Vice President Asia-Pacific





  • Reports must be submitted by the candidates to Central Office
  • before 15 Oct 2017
  • by email to contact@icold-cigb.org
  • by mail to ICOLD Central Office, 61 avenue Kléber 75116 Paris France
  • The name and address of author(s) must be clearly indicated
  • The title of the report must start by "ICOLD Innovation Award 2018"
  • A guideline for the preparation of the report is available here



  • before 31 Jan 2018



  • At Vienna Congress in July 2018

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ICOLD President met IHA President, May 2011


ICOLD President met IHA President

May 2011



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Infrastructure for green energy, 30 May 2012


Infrastructure for green energy

30 May 2012



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Laos Dam failure

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Dam Failure in Laos



The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) is following the situation very closely as information is just coming out about the collapse of the saddle dam at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Hydroelectric Dam, in Laos.




ICOLD newly elected President Michael Rogers made the following statement:


“Our deepest condolences go out to the people of Laos impacted by this tragedy, especially those families who have lost loved ones and/or their homes.


Dams are critical pieces of not only physical, but also socio-economic infrastructure that supply renewable power, storage for agricultural, industrial, municipal and community water supply. Like other large infrastructure in our societies, dams provide critical service, but also pose high risks that must be addressed during the planning, design and construction phases.   The precautionary principle of dams to prevent and/or mitigate adverse downstream safety consequences informs and is at the heart of the ICOLD Mission.


ICOLD has been working for 90 years to promote the safe and sustainable design and construction of dams.  As an organization of 100 nations committed to the safety of all dams around the world, ICOLD stands ready to assist and support the project owner and the national dam safety organization in Laos to assess the situation and work towards recovery.  Moving forward, it will be important to understand the full cause of this apparent failure so that important lessons may be shared with other nations and dam owners. This is the heart of ICOLD mission and the main reason why it was founded.  For example, during its recent Congress in Vienna (July 1-7 2018), ICOLD organized an important open workshop on the lessons learned from the Oroville Spillway Incident (USA, 2017).


Again, our heartfelt condolences go out to the thousands of persons downstream of this dam that have been impacted by this tragedy and ICOLD stands ready to support Laos in any way possible.”



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Tehri dam held raging Ganga and saved lives, July 23rd


Tehri dam held raging Ganga and saved lives

July 23rd



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