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HydroVision International 2015 keynote speakers announced

04/17/2015

The organizers of HydroVision International 2015 are pleased to announce three keynote speakers confirmed for the opening session of the upcoming conference and exhibition.

CDA forms working group

Canadian Dam Association forms working group to address dam design and construction

04/16/2015

The Canadian Dam Association has created a Working Group on Design and Construction to address the issues of design and construction of dams and how the subject is covered by the current Dam Safety Guidelines and associated Technical Bulletins.

Racine Locks and Dam hit by barge

Barge strikes lock structure at Racine Locks and Dam, with 48-MW hydro plant

04/16/2015

A riverboat towing eight barges loaded with coal struck the entrance to the lock at the Racine Locks and Dam, on the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia, last Saturday.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife seeks dam safety program support

04/15/2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks proposals to provide technical support to its dam safety program covering more than 300 FWS dams.

CHA partnership with Canadian society

CHA partnership with Royal Canadian Geographical Society to be detailed at Forum on Hydropower

04/15/2015

The Canadian Hydropower Association is partnering with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the exact details of this partnership will be announced on May 14, 2015, at the CHA Forum on Hydropower.

Dam Safety and Security

04/15/2015

Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures

Cybersecurity and hydropower

Cybersecurity and hydropower: Speaker lineup announced for free webcast

04/14/2015

Four authoritative speakers are preparing to address the topic of cybersecurity at hydro facilities during a free editorial webcast that will take place on April 22.

Investigation, Re-creation Indicates Likely Ignition Point of Thermalito Fire

04/14/2015

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, a fire began at the 84-MW Thermalito plant three floors below ground level and spread upward into a control room on the next floor. An investigation revealed the probable ignition point, and the author discusses lessons learned.

Cashing in on Existing Infrastructure

04/14/2015

Hydrokinetic turbines offer an exciting opportunity to produce power on existing federally- and state-owned infrastructure, but their impact on such systems remains uncertain.

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Dam Safety

HydroVision International 2015 keynote speakers announced

04/17/2015 The organizers of HydroVision International 2015 are pleased to announce...
CDA forms working group

Canadian Dam Association forms working group to address dam design and construction

04/16/2015 The Canadian Dam Association has created a Working Group on Design and C...

Dam Design & Construction

Work begins on Ontario's 16-MW Yellow Falls hydropower plant

04/13/2015 Construction has begun on the 16-MW Yellow Falls hydroelectric plant, ma...

Zambia seeks construction of Mwomboshi Dam, reservoir

04/09/2015 The government of Zambia invites applications for pre-qualification for ...

Canals, Tunnels & Penstocks

Civil engineering contract awarded for Austria's 940-MW Koralm pumped-storage plant

04/13/2015 Pumpspeicherkraftwerk Koralm GmbH has selected ILF Consulting Engineers ...

CWCB seeks more than US$27 million for new dams, civil structures and hydroelectric facilities

04/06/2015 By 2050, the Colorado River Basin could need access to between 62,000 an...

Underwater Work

Energy Department prize challenge incentivizes wave energy conversion next generation ideas

04/02/2015 In April, the U.S. Department of Energy announced its launch of the Wave...

Technical audit sought for plunge pool rehab at Africa's Kariba Dam

03/31/2015 The European Union invites applications for pre-qualification to conduct...

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