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.
The UK is an active member of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), contributing to the development of bulletins via the various ICOLD Technical Committees. This evening event will consist of a series of short presentations from the UK representatives of these technical committees. These talks will provide updates on recent developments in the respective committees with a brief overview of any new or emerging ICOLD bulletins.
Principal Civil Structural Engineer
Viktor Pavlov is a Principal Civil/Structural Engineer at Costain Group Limited.
After graduating as a civil engineer with specialization in hydropower and dams, he worked on a number of embankment dam and small hydropower projects in Algeria and Bulgaria. He also spent two years at the Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions at EPFL, Switzerland, where he obtained an MSc degree in Energy Systems.
Viktor has been involved in the design of several impounding reservoir spillways and flood risk management schemes in the UK. He has been serving as a UK representative on the ICOLD Technical Committee on Hydraulics for Dams since 2018.
Viktor is the author of several water industry publications including a recently published paper on ‘Flow-induced vibration effects on reservoir spillways’ and a ‘Spillway design guide’ commissioned by the Environment Agency of England.
chief geotechnical engineer
technical director, flood and water management
Craig is the technical director (dams & reservoirs) and leads the dam safety team at HR Wallingford.
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a chartered engineer, and a chartered manager, with more than 25 years post-graduate experience.
Craig is appointed by the UK Government to the Supervising Engineers Panel under the Reservoirs Act 1975 and holds the role of supervising engineer for more than 35 large, raised reservoirs in the UK, including the oldest one at more than 800 years old.
He has considerable experience in studies, investigations, and sympathetic design and construction of civil works on heritage dams.
Craig is the UK representative to, and vice-chair of, the ICOLD Technical Committee on O&M and Rehabilitation of Dams. He will be speaking regarding the heritage challenges arising from MIOS works on the National Trust’s Buscot Park Lake in Oxfordshire, for which HR Wallingford were principal designers and provided construction supervision.
Dam Safety Ltd
Andrew N Thompson is a Chartered Geologist with a 20 year career involved in water and infrastructure projects across the UK. Appointed on the Reservoir Supervising Engineer panel in 2016 and currently working at United Utilities as a principal engineer in the Ground Engineering team.
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This event is primarily for those living and working in Republic of Ireland who are planning on achieving Incorporated or Chartered Membership with the ICE.