The British Dam Society
The BDS provides technical subjects relating to the planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, safety, social and environmental aspects of dams and reservoirs.
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BDS Prize competition final
The BDS Prize is open to BDS members under 35 years of age. This year 10 papers have been received on the topic of dam engineering relating to the author's experience in reservoir research, design, construction, operation, maintenance, or supervision. Participants must be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken a significant role, relative to their level of experience, in the project or topic.
A panel of judges has scored the papers, and the five finalists will present their papers at the evening lecture, followed by questions from the audience. The judges will score their presentations, and these will be added to the scores received for their papers. The winners are to be announced at the end of the meeting. There is a prize of £500 for first place with second and third prizes of £200 and £100 respectively.
The winner will also have their paper published in the BDS Journal “Dams and Reservoirs”.
Presentations will include:
BDS Photography Prize
The winners of the 2023 BDS Photography Competition will be announced on the night. The competition is run annually and open to members of the BDS and ICE as well as engineering students. This year there were 47 entries in the competition. Winners receive a cash prize (1st prize £200; 2nd prize £100; 3rd prize £50) and photographs may feature on the British Dam Society Website and on the cover of the BDS Journal Dams and Reservoirs.
Veronika is a senior engineer at Arup with 9 years of experience in dams and reservoirs engineering. She specializes in the design of hydraulic structures, the implementation of scour protection measures, reservoir safety, reservoir decommissioning, and dam breach assessments. Her work spans national and international projects, focusing on delivering technical solutions for projects at all stages, from feasibility to construction. Notably, she recently served as the Project Engineer for the Toddbrook spillway design.
Matthew has been employed by Mott MacDonald since graduating from the University of Strathclyde with an MEng in Civil Engineering in 2015. He has worked in the water sector and has 6 years of experience in dams and reservoirs. Daniel has worked on projects for Scottish Water, SSE and smaller private clients.
He has experience in the discontinuance of embankment dams, stability modelling of concrete dams, spillway upgrades, flood studies and flood risk assessments, permanent water level lowering to reduce risk, and various other minor repair and maintenance projects.
Daniel Morris is a civil engineer at Stantec and is based out of Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has worked in the civil engineering industry for more than a decade and has worked on the dams and reservoir programme since 2019. Daniel is currently involved in addressing Measures in the Interest of Safety identified in the Inspecting Engineers Section 10 reports, developing safe designs that address the safety measures from the concept phase through to implementation on-site.
Daniel is also acting as a senior engineer on a range of reservoir projects and supervising graduate engineers as they start their career in dams and reservoirs.
Emily Hale is a chartered civil engineer specialising in flood risk management. She has eight years’ experience undertaking civil and hydraulic engineering design and hydraulic modelling for flood alleviation schemes and dam projects, including the Calverley FSR project. Emily is also experienced in flood risk assessment, environmental risk assessment and Water Framework Directive assessment, with specialist interest in sustainability and working with natural processes
graduate geotechnical engineer
Thomas has a BSc in geological science and an MSc in engineering geology, both from the University of Leeds. He is currently employed as a graduate geotechnical engineer at United Utilities.
Thomas works within the Geotechnical Team, managing UU’s ground risk on water and wastewater projects. He also works closely with the Reservoir Safety Team who manage the UU reservoir portfolio. One of his first projects was developing the on-site plans for the company reservoirs ahead of the April 2022 deadline.
Thomas is currently a graduate member of the ICE and is working towards his chartership.
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