2018 ICOLD Congress Papers

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) holds a Congress every three years with a focus on pre-selected technical questions that address international issues. The attendance is typically 1,000 to 1,500 participants from 60 to 70 countries.

The 26th Congress and 86th Annual Meeting will be held in Vienna, Austria from July 1 to July 7, 2018.

As the Canadian national committee to ICOLD, the Canadian Dam Association (CDA) submits abstracts to ICOLD for consideration in the program. Selected papers will be published in Transactions of the Congress, along with a General Report summarizing the state of practice. This publication becomes the leading international reference on the topic. Invited authors will make presentations at the Congress. 

At an ICOLD Congress, papers must address the Congress questions. The questions for the 2018 Congress are listed below. Canadians are invited to share their knowledge and fully participate on the world stage.

Canada has the right to submit a certain number of papers on each of the four Questions. ADDITIONAL PAPERS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR ALL QUESTIONS. E-mail director-at-large.icold@cda.ca for more information.

Below are the timelines:

* September 20, 2017 – Final papers are due to CDA
* October 19, 2017 - Authors notified of acceptance of papers
* July 2018 – Papers are published and selected papers presented in Vienna

For further information, check the ICOLD and CDA websites, or email director-at-large.icold@cda.ca


1. Best practice of storage design, including sediment release structures, reservoir operation and sedimentation management techniques including dredging, sediment removal and debris removal. 
2. Sediment replenishment techniques downstream of dams for river regime and morphology restoration.
3. Experiences with turbidity current discharge by bottom outlets and the performance of sediment by-pass tunnels.
4. Effect of climate change on reservoir sedimentation and consequences on sustainable storage.

1. Seismic Risk: Lessons from past earthquakes. Cost efficiency of relevant design improvements for dams.
2. Risk from floods on embankment dams, including climate change. (Data of accidents, risk analysis, efficiency and cost of solutions.)
3. Various risks for concrete and masonry dams, including climate change. (Data of accidents, risk analysis, specific remedies.)
4. Non-structural drivers that increase or reduce risk. (Management, alert systems, public safety, data on accidents.)

1. Geology of foundation (investigation, interpretation and characterization) in relation to dam type selection and dam design. 
2. Foundation treatment:
- Sealing the foundation (e.g. grouting, jet-grouting, cut-off walls, deep cut-off, etc.)
- Strengthening the foundation (e.g. consolidation grouting, anchoring, concreted galleries, etc.)
3. Instrumentation and monitoring, behaviour of foundations, including long-term performance.
4. Problems and solutions related to soft rocks foundation and foundation on deep overburden.
5. Reservoirs and landslides.

1. Failure modes of levees: lessons learned, risk analysis, safety levels. 
2. Design, construction and reinforcement of levees, problems with the original design.
3. Governance, inspection and monitoring of levees. 
4. Specific problems experienced and solutions for operating, maintaining and rehabilitation of thousands of “Large Dams” lower than 15m.
5. Specific problems experienced and solutions for operating, maintaining and rehabilitation of “Small Dams” lower than 15m and storing less than 1 million m3.