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Event Organiser: The British Dam SocietyBritish Hydrological Society

UK reservoir spillway flood hydrology, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 07 March 2019
  • 10:00 - 17:00
UK reservoir spillway flood hydrology, London

About this event

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This is a joint British Hydrological and British Dam Society conference, to be eligible for the associated member rate you must be a member of either society.

Some aspects of design flood estimation standard techniques for dam spillway hydrology are based on research and state-of-the-art thinking now more than four decades old.

In the light of experience with these techniques, and given progress with extreme rainfall analysis, rainfall–streamflow modelling, etc, the question arises: Should current standard techniques for UK reservoir and spillway design flood estimation now be comprehensively reassessed with a view towards their possible improvement, or even replacement?

The meeting will bring together practitioners and research hydrologists to consider this question. The meeting will also be of interest to:

  • Engineers and administrators with responsibility for reservoir spillway design and dam safety inspections
  • Reservoir/dam owners
  • Government agency regulators


Duncan Faulkner, JBA Consulting

David MacDonald, Consulting Engineer
Reflections on FSR/FEH methods of design flood estimation

João Correia, Senior Dams Engineer, Atkins
Flood Studies of Reservoirs – General Guidance and Two Case Studies

Colin Clark and James Dent, Charldon Hill Research Station
Revised estimates of Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) and Standard Percentage Runoff (SPR)

Alan Warren, Inspecting Engineer, Mott MacDonald Group
Flood estimation for reservoir safety – an Inspecting Engineer’s perspective

David Mould and Richard Dun, Canal & River Trust
Practical experience from hydrology and engineering from reservoir flood studies across the Canal & River Trust’s network

Thomas Kjeldsen, University of Bath and ICE Reservoir Safety Advisory Group
Investigating dependence between ReFH model parameters and event magnitude for extreme events

Lisa Stewart, Andy Young and Gianni Vesuviano, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Wallingford HydroSolutions
Modelling the runoff from extreme hydrological events: an inter-comparison of data and methods

Mark Macklin, University of Lincoln
Centennial scale records of extreme floods in the British uplands and their potential application to reservoir and spillway design

Ian Littlewood, IGL Environment
Precision and accuracy of Unit Hydrograph parameters for gauged and ungauged basins: can we do better?

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Sach Sandhu

e: [email protected]