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Independent Reservoir Safety Review

Event organised by The British Dam Society

04 October 2021

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The presentation will cover the work undertaken for HM Government to review the safety of reservoirs in England. It will set out the approach to the review and the assessment of the current safety management process and the role of:

  • The owner
  • Surveillance personnel
  • Operation and maintenance personnel
  • The Supervising and Inspecting Engineers
  • The Regulator

Professor Balmforth will explain how he arrived at his conclusions and why he made the recommendations he has made. He will also discuss the other possibilities he considered but did not implement. In particular the presentation will deal with the relationship between the reservoir industry and the public and will explore what we mean by safe. Although the presentation is focussed on reservoirs, it has implications for all infrastructure sectors.

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell