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The Victorian approach to the sustainability of British Dams

Event organised by The British Geotechnical Association

Date
04 March 2024
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Overview

There has been much talk in recent times about the need to adopt a sustainable approach in every area of our lives. So what is behind the drive to sustainability? According to the United Nations (2019) there is estimated to be over 10 billion people living on the planet by 2100 with the consequent increase in demand for energy and resources. The need to be sustainable will not be a choice but a necessity.

The population explosion within the UK commenced during the 19th century at the start of the Industrial Revolution. Modern Britain was “invented” sometime between 1830 and 1900, coinciding with the height of the dam-building period, driven by industrialisation and the need for a sustainable water supply.

However, with this increasing demand for resources, the Victorians are often cited to be one of the most sustainable generations in UK history, driven by the necessity to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Studying the Victorian period may provoke new ways of thinking about contemporary issues, including the problem of environmental degradation and climate change. 

This presentation will look at two examples of recent remedial works, and compare them or original Victorian construction practices to evaluate whether we are being more or less sustainable in our current approach to construction.

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The British Dam Society

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.

Speakers

Pam Rigby

Pam Rigby

United Utilities

principal engineer

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Pam Rigby

Pam J Rigby is a Fellow and Chartered Civil Engineer and Geologist with a 30+ years’ career involved in water, embankment dams, infrastructure, power, petrochemical and railway projects, both in the UK and overseas. Currently working at United Utilities as a principal engineer in the Ground Engineering team.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

United Utilities

principal engineer

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Andrew Thompson

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.

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell