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2019 BDS Prizes: Young Persons Paper Competition

Event organised by The British Dam Society

18 November 2019

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BDS Prize Competition Final

Five papers have been selected from the entries to the BDS Prize Competition which is open to BDS members under 35 years of age. The submitted paper (2,500 words) is on a topic of dam engineering relating to the author's experience in reservoir research, design, construction, operation, maintenance, or supervision. Participants must be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken a significant role, relative to their level of experience, in the project or topic.

The five finalists will present their papers followed by questions from the audience. The judges will score their presentations, and these will be added to the scores they received for their papers. The winners, to be announced at the end of the meeting, will receive £500 for first place with second and third prizes of £250 and £100. The Winner will also have their paper published in the BDS Journal “Dams and Reservoirs”.


Rhys Coombs – CC Hydrodynamics Ltd – Application of Time of Day and Day of Week Based Hazard Assessment Techniques at a UK Reservoir
Aristotelis Kosskinas – AECOM – Stochastics and Ecohydrology: A Study in Optimal Reservoir Design
Ryan McHugh – Mott MacDonald – Buittle Reservoir
Paul Millard – Mott MacDonald – Damflask Reservoir, Reservoir Safety Improvements
Oliver White – Jacobs – Clays Lake – 3D Model and Construction Supervision

BDS Photography Prize

The winners of the 2019 BDS Photography Competition will be announced on the night. The competition is run annually and open to members of the BDS and ICE as well as Engineering Students. Winners receive a cash prize (1st Prize £200; 2nd Prize £100; 3rd Prize £50) and photographs may feature on the British Dam Society Website and on the cover of the BDS Journal Dams and Reservoirs.

BDS Student Prize for Best Dissertation

The winners of the BDS Student Prize for dissertations relating to dams and reservoirs will also be announced. They will receive £400 for first place, with second and third prizes of £200 and £100.

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell