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Historic Dam Failures and Recent Incidents, Bristol

  • Lecture
  • Bristol
  • 02 April 2019
  • 18:00 - 19:30
Historic Dam Failures and Recent Incidents, Bristol

About this event

The ICE Bristol City Club would like to invite you to this evening talk about historical dam failures, as well as touching upon recent incidents which have caught global attention.

Tens of thousands of dams have been constructed throughout the world. They serve a number of critical functions including water supply, flood protection, power generation and storage of industrial wastes. With correct design, construction and operation, the likelihood of failure is very low. However the consequences of a dam breach can be catastrophic for people, infrastructure and the environment in the areas downstream.

The talk will discuss key components of dams, typical threats and an overview of historical dam failures in the UK and abroad. A number of case studies of recent incidents will be presented with a focus on lessons learnt.

This event is free and open to all (including the general public).

Sandwiches and refreshments are available from 18:00 with the talk commencing at 18:30.


Dr Darren Shaw

Darren is an Associate and leads the Arup Dams and Reservoirs Team in the UK West Region. He has designed and constructed water and tailings dams on four continents and is appointed to the Panel of Supervising Engineers under the UK Reservoirs Act 1975.

Event venue

Arup Auditorium
63 St. Thomas Street
Bristol BS1 6JZ
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Barbara Sweet

e: [email protected]