With the presence of some 1,300 participants from 70 countries around the world, the triennial congress of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD-CIGB) will be held from May 27 to June 3, 2022, in the city of Marseille. The event includes the 90th annual meeting and a symposium organized by the French Committee (CFBR).
This congress will address 4 technical questions: Q104 devoted to concrete dam design innovations and performance; Q105 focused on incidents and accidents concerning dams; Q106 on surveillance, instrumentation, monitoring, data acquisition & processing, and finally Q107 on dams and climate change. On the one hand, in Q104 our colleagues Claudio Nahas, Ary Rodrigues, Alfonso Santa, and Manuel G. de Membrillera present an article on innovative design of a concrete dam with the aim of ensuring water quality in a metropolitan water supply. Manuel will also have the honor of being the general reporter of Q106 and will review the state of the art on the themes dedicated to surveillance, monitoring, and dam safety, as chairman of the ICOLD Technical Committee on Dam Surveillance He will also participate in the ICOLD panel meeting, the general assembly and will moderate the technical committee meeting.
In the current scenario of climate change and energy transition, TYPSA is committed to the key role of dams and reservoirs in the management of essential water resources for human consumption, irrigation for agriculture, and flood risk management. In addition, dams are strategic in the generation of renewable energy, and they are the most important energy storage system currently available, the so-called pumped storage that creates true batteries that provide stability to the power grid and are essential to manage other intermittent renewable sources, such as wind and solar PV generation.