ICOLD Technical Committees2018-12-19T16:23:24+00:00

Technical Committees

For planning purposes you will be asked to indicate which workshop and technical meeting you plan to attend during your registration. For further information, click on the links for each Committee, below.

Committee Workshops – Monday, June 10

In addition to the full day of meetings, some Technical Committees will present workshops, which are open to all interested delegates. Workshops are required for every committee that is starting a new mandate, so that the work will appropriately reflect international requirements and conditions. Similarly, when a committee has completed a draft Bulletin, they present their approaches and findings to obtain feedback from a broad representation of ICOLD delegates. The workshop program will be determined early in 2019, depending on the progress of the Technical Committees.

Open Committee Meetings – Tuesday, June 11

As part of the program for the 87th Annual Meeting, all delegates are invited to attend the meetings of ICOLD Technical Committees as observers, to gain insight into the development of the ICOLD Technical Bulletins that are so influential on dam engineering and development practices around the world.

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD
Joint workshop between Committee A and D

Methodologies and Criteria in Modern Arch Dam Design
ICOLD Committees A & D are initiating the compilation of a new Bulletin on the Methodologies and Criteria to be applied in Modern Arch Dam Design.

The objective of the workshop is to address and discuss the methodologies and analysis systems currently used for new arch dams, with the developments in computational techniques over recent years, and to establish the associated design criteria to be applied. Presentations will focus on recent design analyses and will incorporate discussion on the differences in approach and criteria applied for RCC arch dams. Arch dams on poorer foundations will also be addressed, reviewing the impact on analysis methods, etc.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Guido Mazza

Technical Committee Workshop
Committee B will not be holding a workshop at ICOLD 2019

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Martin Wieland

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Recent and future challenges for spillways of dams

  1. High velocity flow on chutes and corresponding outlet structures (cavitation, air entrainment, waves, flow bulking, splashing, etc.) (Speakers: Xu Weilin, Anton Schleiss, James Yang)
  2. Smooth – stepped chutes (Speakers: Xu Weilin, Anton Schleiss, Alfredo Granados)
  3. Structural design including joints, sealing, drainage systems of chute linings interacting with fluid considering dynamic loadings and vibrations (Speakers: Ruslan Shakirov, Peter Mason, Alireza Zia,Frédéric Laugier)
  4. Need of surveillance and monitoring of spillways (Speaker: Henry-John Wright)
  5. Uprating of existing spillways for increased design discharge; remedial works (Speaker: Viktor Pavlov, Hilde-Marie Kjellesvig, Jim Lindell, Frédéric Laugier)
  6.  Supersaturation of flow downstream of spillways (Speaker: Bob Wark)

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Anton Schleiss

Technical Committee Workshop #1
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Roller Compacted Concrete Dams
This workshop addresses current practice and the latest state-of-the-art of design and construction of modern RCC dams, as discussed in the new ICOLD Bulletin No.177 “Roller Compacted Concrete Dams,” which incorporates the advances in RCC technology for dams since the previous Bulletin on the topic was released in 2003. The presentations will cover planning and design, RCC mix design, construction methodologies, quality control and performance of modern RCC dams, clearly highlighting the requirements for successful RCC dams, as well as the pitfalls and difficulties that can be associated with RCC dam design and construction.

Technical Committee Workshop #2
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD
Joint workshop between Committee A and D

Methodologies and Criteria in Modern Arch Dam Design
ICOLD Committees A & D are initiating the compilation of a new Bulletin on the Methodologies and Criteria to be applied in Modern Arch Dam Design.

The objective of the workshop is to address and discuss the methodologies and analysis systems currently used for new arch dams, with the developments in computational techniques over recent years, and to establish the associated design criteria to be applied. Presentations will focus on recent design analyses and will incorporate discussion on the differences in approach and criteria applied for RCC arch dams. Arch dams on poorer foundations will also be addressed, reviewing the impact on analysis methods, etc.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Marco Conrad

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Update on Bulletins activities
Presentation of a new bulletin on geotextile to be approved, and proposals for new bulletins (cofferdams, deformations and cracks in embankment dams, materials for cut-offs, etc.)

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Jean-Pierre Tournier

Technical Committee Workshop
Committee F will not be holding a workshop at ICOLD 2019

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Hama Ould Sidi Mohamed, ARBI

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Integrating dams with the environment
Presentation of the work of the committee on integrating dams with the environment. Case studies will be presented on planning, construction and operation of dams demonstrating environmental and socio-economic benefits.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Jean-Luc Pigeon

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Global Dam Safety Study – Legislative and regulatory arrangements around the World.
In 2016 World Bank initiated a comprehensive study on dam safety legislation and regulation around the World. The outline of the Study and the analytic approach were presented at a Committee on Dam Safety Workshop in Vienna in 2018. The official launch of the Study will take place at the ICOLD Annual Meeting in Ottawa. The findings and recommendations for will be presented by the authors of the Study.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Andy Zielinski

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Committee I – Public Safety Around Dams
Proposed new technical bulletins will be discussed, covering the managed system elements that address public safety issues associated with dams and their operations. Included will be aspects such as: risk assessment, installation of physical controls, improved operational procedures, techniques to raise public awareness of the hazards, and processes associated with incident management.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Tony Bennett

Technical Committee Workshop
Committee J will not be holding a workshop at ICOLD 2019

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Martin Teal

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Optimal Operation of Cascade Hydropower Stations and Reservoirs
Presentation and discussion of specific issues in the field of Optimal Operation of Cascade Hydropower Stations and Reservoirs, including optimal operation technology, decision-making systems, optimal   scheduling platforms, new technology applications in related fields, etc.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Guoqing Chen

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

New Bulletin on Tailings Dam Design – Technology Update and Planned New Bulletins
Presentation of the new bulletin which includes:
– Classification of types of tailings (from ultra-fine to coarse), their respective geotechnical parameters and importance in tailings management
– An update on technologies for tailings dewatering, as well as the latest developments in the application of existing and new technologies for safe tailings management

Presentation of outlines for planned new bulletins on:
1) Tailings Dam Safety – Minimum requirements for tailings dams safety, including tailings governance system, design, construction, operations and closure design criteria and components.
2) Tailings Dam Surveillance – The role of surveillance in establishing critical preventive and mitigating controls, update on monitoring methods and instrumentation, data management and trigger action response plans.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Harvey McLeod

Technical Committee Workshop #1
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Dams-Levees comparison
This workshop will present the advances of the dam-levees comparison undertaken by Committee LE and will gather feedback from the audience. The feedback is expected to include the relevance of existing material developed for dams, such as the work of other ICOLD committees and existing published ICOLD Bulletins.

Technical Committee Workshop #2
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Levees and flood defence structures and systems
This workshop will be based on a series of presentations dealing with various topics related to levee or flood defence, followed by discussions. Proposals for submitting a presentation can be sent to the committee chair by members and non-members of the Technical Committee before 29 March 2019.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Rémy Tourment

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Operation and maintenance failure
The goal of this workshop is to define the terms of reference for future work of Committee M on  operation, maintenance and rehabilitation as they relate to failure modes resulting from improper operation and maintenance.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Alain Yziquel

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

ICOLD’s Role in Promoting Public Awareness and Education
Successful development of water infrastructure and dam projects requires engagement of the public and other stakeholders. The workshop will provide an opportunity for ICOLD National Committees and members to consider the issues facing the world dam community, the strategy and role of ICOLD and the Committee on Public Awareness and Education on these key issues, and the strategies that could be successfully used to manage them.”

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Peter Mulvihill

Technical Committee Workshop
Committee O will not be holding a workshop at ICOLD 2019

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Patrick le Delliou

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Workshop on Cemented Material Dams
Presentations will be given on studies, application and cases of cemented material dams to highlight the progress and innovation on design, construction, safety evaluation based on monitoring and etc.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Jia Jinsheng

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Acquisition and interpretation of surveillance data and observations – An introduction
This workshop will introduce the latest bulletin by the Committee on Dam Surveillance. It will present the framework of the bulletin as well as the work done to date. The proposed bulletin focusses on the acquisition and interpretation of surveillance data and observations.

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Louis Hattingh

Technical Committee Workshop #1
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Flood Evaluation, Hazard Determination and Risk Management
The workshop will present a proposed new Bulletin covering four specific topics related mainly to flood evaluation and risk management.  These topics are:

  • Effect of combined hydrological events
  • Role of flood volume
  • Stochastic approach to flood hazard determination
  • Forecast for proactive flood risk management

Technical Committee Workshop #2
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Workshop to start the preparation of a new Bulletin
The following subjects are proposed for the next bulletin

  • Extreme flood estimation
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Uncertainty related to hydrological event
  • Major “observed” floods – Preparation of a database

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Michel Tremblay

Technical Committee Workshop
Committee T will not be holding a workshop at ICOLD 2019

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Luc Deroo

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Compiling Stakeholder and Expert Opinion for Integrated River Basin Plans
The workshop will present a new methodology for incorporating stakeholder and expert opinion in assessment of dam and river basin management plans. The workshop will be interactive, in four parts:
1 – Presentation of the methodology by Committee Chair
2 – Forming groups (4-6 people each) to apply the methodology on an example.
3 – Presentation group’s conclusion of the assessment
4 –  Brainstorming for moving forward

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Enrique Cifres

Technical Committee Workshop
Committee V will not be holding a workshop at ICOLD 2019

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Jerry Westermann

Technical Committee Workshop
Committee W will not be holding a workshop at ICOLD 2019

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Ole John Bethels

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

ICOLD Climate Change activity update
Technical Committee Y will provide an update on activities including:

  • Lessons from the conclusions or findings of IPCC SR15 report (2018)
  • World Bank project of “Hydropower resilience guidelines”
  • News from IHA, ICOLD, World Bank and EBRD
  • Types of new economic and financial metrics to address climate change issues at the relevant level in the decision-making process

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Denis Aelbrecht

Technical Committee Workshop
Monday, June 10
Half day – Location TBD

Training Session for Capacity Building
This workshop will address topics to develop technical capacity as needed, related to dam surveillance or dam engineering in the context of tropical soils. Additional information will be provided closer to the event

Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11
Full day – Location TBD

Technical Committee Chair: Adama Nombre