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 British Dam Society Young Professional Group invites you to join an evening introduction presentation on dams, reservoirs and working in the UK industry. This presentation is aimed at those wanting to learn more about a career in dams and reservoirs and the opportunities that come with this.
In Great Britain, there are nearly 3000 dams. These structures vary significantly in age and size and were built for a variety of reasons. This includes reservoirs for drinking water, irrigation, flood protection, energy and recreational uses. With an ever-changing climate and an increased demand for water, the need for new professionals in our industry has never been greater.
This event will begin with a brief career profile of Dr Darren Shaw, an associate director and all reservoirs panel engineer at Arup, who has worked in the UK and around the world. Darren will outline why and how he entered the industry as well as some of the highlights and challenges along the way. Joining him, the Young Professional Group will present on some of the key technical components of dams and reservoirs, summarise the world-leading legislation that helps regulate the industry and why you should consider a career in this discipline of civil engineering. This event will be followed by a Q&A session.
Members of the ICE Early Career Network, BDS Young Professional Group, members of the ICOLD Young Engineer Forum and those interested in joining learning more about dams and reservoirs are invited to join for this hour-long webinar.
associate director and all reservoirs panel engineer
Darren is a chartered civil engineer and a Fellow of the ICE. His main areas of expertise are dam design, monitoring and remediation; land stabilisation and reclamation; heap leach projects; and civil infrastructure provision.
Darren has been appointed to the All Reservoirs Panel under the Reservoirs Act and has undertaken many roles as a during his career including design manager, project manager and residential engineer.
He has worked extensively in the UK as well as overseas including in New Zealand and Australia, Kosovo, Indonesia, the Philippines, Burkina Faso and Zambia.
Darren is currently the Vice Chair of the British Dam Society and has been a member of the main committee since 2019.
Canal & River Trust
senior reservoir engineer
Lucy is a senior reservoir engineer at Canal & River Trust, a charity that cares for a 2,000-mile-long, 200-year-old network of canals, rivers, reservoirs, and docks.
Lucy has over 8 years' of experience across multiple civil engineering sectors including water, nuclear, aviation, and the charity sector. Her latest role is as the ECC NEC supervisor for restoration works at Toddbrook Reservoir.
Lucy is also the events champion for the British Dam Society Young Professionals Group and is working towards her ICE Chartership and application to the Supervising Engineers Panel.
senior civil engineer
Michael is a chartered civil engineer and senior civil engineer for an international environmental, engineering and technical services consultancy business; Binnies UK Ltd. Michael has over 7 years' experience delivering Water, Reservoir and Flood Impact and Resilience Schemes.
Within his role in Binnies, Michael works within the water utilities team, and is responsible for coordinating the design of numerous reservoir safety improvement projects and studies, and for supporting construction teams in reservoir construction for a range of clients across England and Wales.
Michael is also the current mentoring champion for the British Dam Societies Young Professionals Committee, and is working toward application to the Supervising Engineers Panel.
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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.