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Damwatch Engineering Newsletter, August 2017
for the latest Damwatch news.
NBR article on Damwatch’s work in Viet Nam
For an update on the The Vietnam - New Zealand Dam Safety Project, that we are working on in conjunction with GNS Science and the Thuy Loi University in Viet Nam,
Article featured in Issue 1, 2017, The International Journal on Hydropower and Dams
Damwatch staff Peter Amos and Bill Veale, along with Nguyen Canh Thai of Thuyloi University and Stuart Read of GNS Science, had an article published in Issue 1, 2017, The International Journal on Hydropower and Dams.
Improving dam and downstream community safety in Vietnam,
outlines the Vietnam – New Zealand Dam Safety Project that Damwatch has been involved with in Vietnam since 2012. Damwatch is currently engaged in the second phase of this project which is programmed to run over the next five years.
to read the article.
Vietnam – New Zealand Dam Safety Project
Damwatch team members Peter Amos, Stephen McInerney and Damon Simmons paid another visit to Vietnam in January to meet with officials and undertake the first round of dam inspections under Phase 2 of the Vietnam – New Zealand Dam Safety Project. We were accompanied by our joint venture partners from GNS (Kelvin Berryman, Stuart Read and Pilar Villamor) who undertook landslide and seismic hazard inspections.
The field inspections will be used to prioritise the dams for remediation, and another round of field inspections is planned for March 2017. This phase of the project is programmed to run over the next five years and aims to improve dam management and safety and mitigate risks associated with extreme dam discharges.
Pictured: Stephen McInerney and Damon Simmons with the lecturers from Thủy Iợi University of Hanoi, who accompanied us on the dam inspections.
Damwatch Management Leading New Ownership Structure
Meridian Energy is selling Damwatch's engineering consultancy to current management and the Rooney Group.
Meridian will keep the firm's asset safety analytics capability, creating a new subsidiary Dam Safety Intelligence Limited.
to read an article published in Energy News.
to read an article published by Voice of Renewables.
Five year Dam Safety Pilot Expansion Project in Viet Nam
During his recent visit to Viet Nam, Prime Minister John Key announced that NZAid would fund the five year Dam Safety Pilot Expansion project. Damwatch Engineering worked on the pilot project over three years with GNS Science and the Water Resources University in Ha Noi.
To read more about the announcement and other development initiatives discussed, click
Dam Safety Regulations Update – New Zealand Legislation
NZSOLD Dam Safety Guidelines (May 2015) continue to set the standard for Dam Safety in New Zealand. On the 25th of June the New Zealand Government announced that the previously anticipated Dam Safety Regulations had been revoked, and officials are considering whether dam safety should instead be included in the Resource Management Act (RMA). Therefore, the dam safety legislative environment remains unchanged.
The NZSOLD Dam Safety Guidelines were completely rewritten in 2015 and embody current best national and international Dam Safety Practice. Several Damwatch staff were involved in writing the updated Guidelines and have an intimate knowledge of their content.
Damwatch is working with several New Zealand dam owners to align their Dam Safety Management Systems (DSMS) and Dam Safety Assurance Programmes (DSAP) with current best practice and the 2015 NZSOLD Dam Safety Guidelines. The benefits to our clients include well organised and documented programmes to manage dam safety risk, and being able to communicate dam safety roles and responsibilities within their organisation.
If you have any queries on dam safety management, Dam Safety Assurance Programmes (DSAP) or the 2015 NZSOLD Dam Safety Guidelines, contact us on 04 381 1300 or