ICOLD Brazil Congress eyes improved dam, hydro management

The International Commission on Large Dams’ (ICOLD) 77th Annual Meeting and 23rd Congress are planned in May to provide dam engineering professionals with multiple opportunities to learn about the challenges facing the profession.

The annual meeting will be held May 21-24 in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Brasilia also is the site of the congress, May 25-29. Delegates also can participate in 11 study tours featuring visits to dams under construction and dams that have been operating for decades.

ICOLD Brasilia 2009 offers delegates five forums to exchange and disseminate technical information. The most formal opportunity for such exchange is during the 23rd Congress, where four technical questions will be considered. ICOLD member countries chose the questions to reflect the current concerns of dam designers and operators. About 180 technical papers will be presented on the four topics.

A second opportunity for information sharing is during a May 24 one-day symposium, “Dams and Reservoirs for Multiple Purposes.” About 60 papers were submitted for the symposium.

A trade exhibition, May 25-29, is to showcase achievements and advances in dam technology and construction. The exhibition is an opportunity to network with engineers, professionals, organizations, and companies connected with the design, maintenance, and management of dams. Products and services include water resources management, construction, fabrication, and installation of electrical and mechanical equipment, maintenance, engineering, power plant design, and project finance.

ICOLD technical committee meetings will take place May 22 to discuss technical, environmental, financial, and educational aspects of dam design, construction, maintenance, and operation.

For information or to register, see the conference Internet site at www.icoldbrasilia2009.org.

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