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1 April 2019

Damwatch 20th Birthday

Founded in 1999 as a subsidiary of Meridian Energy Ltd, Damwatch recently celebrated its 20th birthday.

Management and staff both past and present gathered to mark this milestone and to reflect on our accomplishment during these first 20 years, on successful completion of significant projects, on the great team supporting Damwatch and a loyal customer base has contributed over the years to build Damwatch as a strong brand and trusted business partner to our customers both in New Zealand and overseas.

We are excited looking forward to the future as an independent niche consultancy in providing dam safety and engineering services.

1 April 2019

Damwatch 20th Birthday

Founded in 1999 as a subsidiary of Meridian Energy Ltd, Damwatch recently celebrated its 20th birthday.

Management and staff both past and present gathered to mark this milestone and to reflect on our accomplishment during these first 20 years, on successful completion of significant projects, on the great team supporting Damwatch and a loyal customer base has contributed over the years to build Damwatch as a strong brand and trusted business partner to our customers both in New Zealand and overseas.

We are excited looking forward to the future as an independent niche consultancy in providing dam safety and engineering services.

29 March 2019

Congratulations to Peter Amos

Peter Amos, Managing Director of Damwatch Engineering was recently recognised as one of 23 new Fellows by Engineering New Zealand in Wellington. Fellows are recognised as engineers who make significant contributions to the engineering profession.

Peter has an international reputation in dam engineering and dam safety. Peter has served as Chair of the New Zealand Society of Large Dams. He is also a New Zealand representative on the International Commission on Large Dams. As well as delivering innovative projects in New Zealand, Peter has led expansion of his firm's international client base, bringing international experience back to New Zealand. He has also built dam safety capacity in developing countries on behalf of the New Zealand Government and World Bank.

Damwatch is very proud of Peter's achievement. For he's a jolly good fellow... .

29 March 2019

Congratulations to Peter Amos

Peter Amos, Managing Director of Damwatch Engineering was recently recognised as one of 23 new Fellows by Engineering New Zealand in Wellington. Fellows are recognised as engineers who make significant contributions to the engineering profession.

Peter has an international reputation in dam engineering and dam safety. Peter has served as Chair of the New Zealand Society of Large Dams. He is also a New Zealand representative on the International Commission on Large Dams. As well as delivering innovative projects in New Zealand, Peter has led expansion of his firm's international client base, bringing international experience back to New Zealand. He has also built dam safety capacity in developing countries on behalf of the New Zealand Government and World Bank.

Damwatch is very proud of Peter's achievement. For he's a jolly good fellow... .

Seismic Design Seminar for Concrete Dams

Peter Amos was an invited speaker at the CEATI Workshop on the Seismic Performance of Concrete Dams held in Tacoma, Washington, USA. The Dam Safety Interest Group of CEATI International (the Centre for Engineering Advancement through Technological Innovation) is a multi-national group of dam safety managers and experts from more than 50 hydropower utilities who collaborate to develop capability and resources for dam safety management. This event for hydropower dam owners involved experts from Canada, USA and New Zealand presenting industry-leading case studies on seismic analysis and design of concrete gravity, arch and buttress dams. Peter provided the audience with insights from New Zealand's experience of major earthquakes and the lessons provided for dam seismic performance analysis. Speakers were all highly respected practitioners in this field and well versed in the challenges of analysing dams in highly seismic environments.

Seismic Design Seminar for Concrete Dams

Peter Amos was an invited speaker at the CEATI Workshop on the Seismic Performance of Concrete Dams held in Tacoma, Washington, USA. The Dam Safety Interest Group of CEATI International (the Centre for Engineering Advancement through Technological Innovation) is a multi-national group of dam safety managers and experts from more than 50 hydropower utilities who collaborate to develop capability and resources for dam safety management. This event for hydropower dam owners involved experts from Canada, USA and New Zealand presenting industry-leading case studies on seismic analysis and design of concrete gravity, arch and buttress dams. Peter provided the audience with insights from New Zealand's experience of major earthquakes and the lessons provided for dam seismic performance analysis. Speakers were all highly respected practitioners in this field and well versed in the challenges of analysing dams in highly seismic environments.

Vietnam-New Zealand Dam Safety Project

Damwatch Engineering and partners GNS Science hosted a senior delegation of Vietnamese Government officials, here to compare flood management procedures and governance. These senior officials are responsible for dam safety and flood management for water resources and hydropower assets in Vietnam, a country subject to multiple typhoons every year that displace thousands of people and sometimes have fatal consequences. Their visit was part of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded Vietnam-New Zealand Dam Safety Project being carried out by dam safety experts from Damwatch Engineering and GNS Science to strengthen practice and build capacity in Vietnam. Thanks to Mercury and Trustpower for hosting the delegation at their power stations.

Vietnam-New Zealand Dam Safety Project

Damwatch Engineering and partners GNS Science hosted a senior delegation of Vietnamese Government officials, here to compare flood management procedures and governance. These senior officials are responsible for dam safety and flood management for water resources and hydropower assets in Vietnam, a country subject to multiple typhoons every year that displace thousands of people and sometimes have fatal consequences. Their visit was part of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded Vietnam-New Zealand Dam Safety Project being carried out by dam safety experts from Damwatch Engineering and GNS Science to strengthen practice and build capacity in Vietnam. Thanks to Mercury and Trustpower for hosting the delegation at their power stations.

25 June 2018

BCI Akarana Irrigation Pond Underway

The Akarana irrigation storage pond is now well under construction with the embankments almost 50% complete and the HDPE lining about to start. This 1.6 Mm3 storage near Methven in Canterbury, New Zealand is being formed from gravel embankments with an internal HDPE liner on the sides and a loess/silt liner on the base of the pond. The site works are being managed by Senior Engineer, Bill Veale, who also led the project through the design and consenting stages.

25 June 2018

BCI Akarana Irrigation Pond Underway

The Akarana irrigation storage pond is now well under construction with the embankments almost 50% complete and the HDPE lining about to start. This 1.6 Mm3 storage near Methven in Canterbury, New Zealand is being formed from gravel embankments with an internal HDPE liner on the sides and a loess/silt liner on the base of the pond. The site works are being managed by Senior Engineer, Bill Veale, who also led the project through the design and consenting stages.

1 May 2018

Mekong River Commission Design Guidelines

Principal Dam Engineer, Ian Davison, is part of an international expert panel advising the Mekong River Commission on dam safety. The panel is assisting in the preparation of new design guidelines for the development of new dams on the lower Mekong.

1 May 2018

Mekong River Commission Design Guidelines

Principal Dam Engineer, Ian Davison, is part of an international expert panel advising the Mekong River Commission on dam safety. The panel is assisting in the preparation of new design guidelines for the development of new dams on the lower Mekong.