Australian National Committee on Large Dams

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Australian National Committee on Large Dams
Abbreviation ANCOLD
Formation 1937; 78 years ago (1937)
Headquarters 113 Harrington Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Region served
  • 54 member organisations
  • 195 individual associate members
Ian Landon-Jones
Main organ
Executive Committee
Affiliations International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)

The Australian National Committee on Large Dams (abbreviated as ANCOLD) is an Australian-based non-government, non-profit and voluntary association of organisations and individual professionals with a common technical interest in large dams and their environs.[1] ANCOLD is not an advocate for dams but an apolitical industry body that focuses on disseminating knowledge, developing capability and providing guidance in achieving excellence for all aspects of dam engineering, management and associated issues.

ANCOLD is affiliated with the International Commission on Large Dams (or ICOLD).[2]

Role and functions[edit]

ANCOLD maintains a register of large dams in Australia, of which approximately 490 dams were listed on the register in 1999. By international convention,[3] "large" dams are those that are 15 metres (49 ft) or more in height, although a dam over 10 metres (33 ft) qualifies if it has particular features such as large storage or specially difficult foundation conditions.

The association awards five scholarships to young professionals to attend the annual ANCOLD/New Zealand Society on Large Dams conference.[4]


Publications include a regular bulletin, and:

  • Interim guide to practice related to dams in Australia - 1966
  • Current technical practices for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of large dams in Australia - 1969
  • Report on safety and surveillance of dams - 1972
  • Guidelines on design floods for dams - 1986
  • Register of large dams in Australia - 1990
  • Status of dam safety in Australia - 1990
  • Guidelines on dam safety management - 1994
  • Guidelines on risk assessment - 1994
  • Guidelines on design of dams for earthquakes - 1998
  • Dam technology in Australia 1850-1999 - 2000


  1. ^ Cole, B. (ed.). Dam Technology in Australia 1850-1999. ANCOLD. 
  2. ^ de:ICOLD
  3. ^ de:ICOLD-Kriterium
  4. ^ "ANCOLD Scholarships". ANCOLD. 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2014.