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A brief history of dams and water reservoirs and their importance

Event organised by Ingenieurs et Scientifique de France

06 November 2023
18:00 - 19:30 GMT
Royal Thames Yacht Club
60 Knightsbridge
London, SW1X 7LF
United Kingdom

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In this talk, Richard Coackley CBE, will take us through the history of dam building from the splendid beginning in antiquity around five thousand years ago, some twenty miles south of Cairo, through to modern designs.

He will describe the various dam structures that have been designed and constructed through history, from earth embankments, masonry dams, and concrete, arch, gravity, and buttress dams and explain in layman’s terms the background of their successful engineering.

He will provide illustrations from around the world of these various dam types and how the engineer controls the flow of water for irrigation, hydropower, navigation, and public water supply, touching on their environmental and societal implications.

Richard will include a background of various major incidents with dams around the world and, on the other hand, their importance and how much society relies on these major structures for their wellbeing. He will also describe how the UK ensures the safety of its dams.

If you wish to attend, please email [email protected] to book your space.

Organised by

Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France British Section

Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France British Section

The British Section of IESF, a French Learned Society with branches worldwide, is dedicated to linking Anglo-French engineering and science.


17:30 - 18:00

Tea and coffee

18:00 - 19:30

Lecture starts

19:30 - 20:30

Lecture ends, followed by a drinks reception


For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell

Sustainable Development Goals: