BDS invites all from the European and wider family of the international-commission-on-large-dams (ICOLD) to participate in the conference which will include technical presentations, technical visits, the Geoffrey Binnie Lecture, exhibition, and a full accompanying persons programme in and around the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. Technical visits will include water supply and flood alleviation schemes, dams in the immediate vicinity as well as the Thames Barrier.

Papers are listed under the following items

• The benefit of dams

• Lessons learnt from recent historical incidents

• Refurbishment and replacement of gates, valves and pipework in draw off works and spillways with the emphasis on novel solutions in difficult conditions, including underwater working

• Discontinuance and abandonment of dams

• The use and performance of synthetic materials in dam design and remediation

• Appropriate design and construction techniques for dams in developing countries

• Social impacts of reservoirs

• Recent flood events and effects of climate change

• Rehabilitation case histories

• Research into dam design, construction and performance including flood events, effects of climate change, investigation methods and monitoring.

• Risk Assessment

• Instrumentation

Authors wishing to prepare papers or short technical notes are invited to submit their synopses of no more than 250 words, preferably by email to: Henry Hewlett, BDS, at the Institution of Civil Engineers, 1-7 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA UK. Email

Information should include proposed title of the paper, relevant theme, author names, address, telephone number, fax number and email address. Receipt of your synopses will be acknowledged.

Synopses should be submitted by 1 August 2003 and completed papers will be required by 1 December 2003.

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