Welcome from the Convenor

On behalf of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) Executive, the New Zealand Society on Large Dams (NZSOLD) and the 2016 Conference Organising Committee we welcome you to the 2016 ANCOLD/NZSOLD Conference in Adelaide.


The conference will be held at the Hilton in the centre of Adelaide. The Hilton Adelaide is opposite Victoria Square and next to the Adelaide Central Market. It is also close to many fine-dining restaurants, the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions.


The conference theme for 2016 is Dams – a Lasting Legacy. Australia has great examples of legacy dam projects for example the Snowy Mountain Scheme that has served their customers well. The theme is also relevant because we are living in a time where there are significant budget pressures on water utilities and governments. This can lead to a short term approach to water supply planning. Investing in dams and their maintenance needs a longer term focus. The conference will be a great place to explore the contemporary challenges faced with planning new dams and dam upgrades, design, construction, risk assessment, operation and maintenance.


The conference is an important meeting place for professionals working in the dam industry. It is an annual conference aiming to connect dam professionals from a variety of backgrounds as well as stakeholder interest groups. Every three years ANCOLD and NZSOLD have a combined conference and in 2016 it will be held in Adelaide.


The conference will start with a two-day pre-conference tour. The preliminary itinerary includes a visit to Kangaroo Creek Dam that is currently undergoing a major dam safety upgrade. We will also visit a number of dams in the Barossa Valley region as well as a tailings dam. Each site visit will provide an interesting and informative look into dams and their related structures.


We welcome and value the ongoing support from past sponsors of the ANCOLD/NZSOLD conferences and encourage new sponsors to take up the opportunities and brand exposure that this conference can offer.


Eric von Wielligh
Conference Convenor

Program at a Glance

Pre Conference Tour Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 October 2016
Pre-Conference Workshop  Monday 17 October 2016
Welcome Reception Monday 17 October 2016
Conference Technical Sessions Tuesday 18- Wednesday 19 October 2016
Conference Dinner Tuesday 18 October 2016


Key dates – Registration

Standard Registration Close Friday 16 September
Late Registration Fee Applies Saturday 17 September

Key dates – Abstracts/Papers

Full Papers Back to Author Friday 12 August
Final Full Paper Due for Publication Friday 16 September


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