The 2018 International Dam Safety Conference was held in Kerala, India on January 23-24, 2018. The conference, now in its fourth year, is an annual event to bring together dam professionals and experts in the various inter-related disciplines from within India and around the world to discuss, reflect and share technology and experience in addressing dam safety issues and strategies to address them. It is an initiative implemented as part of the World Bank’s Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP), implemented by the Indian Government’s Central Water Commission (CWC) which aims to rehabilitate about 225 dams in India along with improvements to the system-wide information management system.
Furthermore, Mr. Hideshi Sasahara, Deputy Secretary General of Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO), and Director of International Affairs Division (IAD) of JWA Co-chaired the Technical Session on Dam Safety Management Practices where he presented a paper on “Recent efforts for Better Dam Safety Practices.” Various innovative technologies for dam construction, operation and maintenance were showcased, including real time monitoring of conditions by sensors with GPS installed in dam and quick grasp on seismic condition and efficient dam management by 3-dimensional civil information modeling (CIM).
Since 2015, the World Bank Tokyo DRM Hub has supported India’s efforts to strengthen disaster resilience of dam operations in India by connecting Japanese expertise to the World Bank’s Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project.
JWA is associated with the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project in several engagements. To date, six Exposure Visits to Japan have been organized by the World Bank DRM Hub in collaboration with JWA, one Post Seismic Event Inspection Manual for Dam Field Engineers for Ichari Dam has been prepared by JWA in partnership with UJVN Limited and another one for Maithon Dam, in partnership between JWA and Damodar Valley Corporation is under preparation.
The next International Dam Safety Conference, India is scheduled to be organized during 13-14th February 2019 at Bhubaneswar.