British Dam Society

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British Dam Society
Established 1965 (1965)
Type Civil engineering professional association
Headquarters One Great George Street, London, England
Region served United Kingdom
Membership 500
Affiliations Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers

The British Dam Society was established in London, UK, in 1965[1] and is a learned 'Associated Society' of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1113476).[2]

BDS aims to advance public and professional understanding of technical subjects relating to the planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, safety, environmental and social issues that are involved with dams and reservoir projects. It holds a biennial conference and lecture (the Geoffrey Binnie Lecture), publishes a journal Dams & Reservoirs, and acts as the United Kingdom national committee of ICOLD.[1]

It also provides expert commentary on dam-related safety issues; for example, in 2012, it expressed concern to Defra about the timetable for the registration, inspection and risk assessment of UK reservoirs.[3]


  1. ^ a b ICE Associated Societies newsletter, Spring/Summer 2011 (Accessed: 19 July 2013)
  2. ^ British Dam Society, Registered Charity no. 1113476 at the Charity Commission
  3. ^ Lynch, Declan. "Ministers fail to act on dam laws". New Civil Engineer. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°30′04″N 0°07′44″W / 51.5011°N 0.1290°W / 51.5011; -0.1290