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Sustainable Dams With IGS India

Renewable and green approaches to dam development were explored at a virtual symposium hosted by the Indian Chapter of the IGS.

The Indian National Committee on Large Dams (INCOLD) was due to host the 88th Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) in New Delhi last year. This has been postponed to April 2023 because of the Covid-19 situation.

However, INCOLD went ahead with a symposium on ‘Sustainable Development of Dams and River Basins’ in New Delhi as a hybrid physical and virtual event on February 24-27, this year.

As part of this, IGS India organized a special session of lectures from four eminent speakers on February 26, on the ‘Use of Geosynthetic Material for Dam Repair and Rehabilitation’.

The online audience heard from:

    • Vivek Kapadia, IGS India President and Director-Civil, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd, on Application of Geosynthetics in Restoration of Dam Components Subjected to Dynamic Loads; Case Studies of India’.
    • Kelvin Legge, from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa, who spoke on ‘Embankment Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Incorporating Geosynthetic Materials’.
    • Alberto M Scuero, Managing Director, CARPI Group, Switzerland, on ‘Use of Geosynthetic Material for Dam Repair and Rehabilitation’.
    • Markus Wilke, Business Development Manager – Hydraulics & Dewatering, Huesker Synthetic GmbH, Germany, on ‘Fabric Formed Concrete Revetments for Large Dam Infrastructure’.

Mr Kapadia said questions from the participants revolved around restoration methodologies using geosynthetics and about appropriate materials for different situations.  

He added: “Amid the pandemic, continuing deliberations on an important subject like dam engineering was a great experience and we appreciated the enthusiasm and involvement of the engineering fraternity.” 

The session was attended by more than 125 participants. A selection of ICOLD presentations can be downloaded here.

To find out more about IGS India, visit its website here. More details about ICOLD 2023 will be announced soon.