Past Events

Young Professional Group Summit 2020

The NZSOLD Young Professional Group (YPG) held their Summit in June. The theme is “recent dam and levee incidents and failures”, with the aim of exploring these events so the NZ industry can learn from them.

We showcased seven presenters, who have been working closely with industry experts. The presentations included high-profile NZ incidents and failures, such as Matahina Dam (1967 and 1987) and stopbank breach in the Edgecumbe 2017 flood, as well as exploring several lesser known NZ dam and stopbank incidents and failures. Two high-profile international failures, Feijao Dam in Brazil and Toddbrook Reservoir in England, will be examined with a focus on what we can learn from these for NZ practice.

If you’re under 40 and interested in the dam industry, please consider signing up to the NZSOLD YPG. Membership is free and sign up is easy: 

ANCOLD 2022 Conference

More details to come, save the date! 26 – 28 October 2022International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney, Australia


It is my pleasure to invite NZSOLD members, as well as the wider dams community, to join us for our Symposium ‘Advances in New Zealand and International Dam Practice’. Instead of a deep dive into an individual topic, we have decided this year to explore several different areas of advancing dams practice.  These are some … Continue reading NZSOLD SYMPOSIUM ‘ADVANCES IN NEW ZEALAND AND INTERNATIONAL DAM PRACTICE’

NZ Dams 2021 – What’s the buzz?

The NZ Society on Large Dams (NZSOLD) is hosting a webinar which will provide valuable updates from various corners of the NZ dam industry. This is a great opportunity for owners, operators, practitioners, contractors, councils and others, to keep up to date with what’s been happening and what’s on the horizon.

YPG Climate Change

The NZSOLD Young Professionals Group (YPG) is hosting a Climate Change and Dams webinar. This free online event provides an opportunity for young professionals, researchers, and industry practitioners to share their experience and knowledge with young professionals in the dams industry on climate change research and innovations, and how it is being used in the dam industry to assess and mitigate risks. We have a great line up of speakers. For more information and to register click on the event link.

NZSOLD Lightning Talks

In collaboration with Engineering New Zealand, this online presentation will give an insight into ‘a day in the life of an engineer’, to inspire students, young engineers and those new to the profession to showcase the possibilities available through a career in engineering.  Date: Tuesday 25th May 2021, 5.30pm – 6.30pmWhere:  Online Via Adobe ConnectPrice: FreeAudience: Specific to students, and open to members … Continue reading NZSOLD Lightning Talks

Cybersecurity and dam safety

Engineering NZ’s IT Engineering Group and NZSOLD are excited to be working together to bring you the following webinar Topic: Cybersecurity and dam safetyDate: Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 12.00-1.30pmPrice: FreeAudience: Open to members and non-members The webinar will start with a presentation by Peter Jackson of SGS, who will introduce the basics, such as: What is industrial cybersecurity? What … Continue reading Cybersecurity and dam safety

YPG EVENT – Site Visit to Waimea Community Dam (Under Construction), Nelson

The NZSOLD Young Professionals Group (YPG) is hosting a field trip to Waimea Dam this year. Waimea Dam is currently being constructed and will be a 53 m high and 220 m long concrete-face rockfill dam. Once built, it will hold back approximately 13 million cubic meters of water. Waimea Dam is in the Lee … Continue reading YPG EVENT – Site Visit to Waimea Community Dam (Under Construction), Nelson

NZSOLD Workshop on Consequence Assessment and Potential Impact Classification

NZSOLD is pleased to announce a Workshop on this fundamental and provocative topic on Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd November, online.

88th Annual Meeting of ICOLD

Sustainable Development of Dams and River Basins  26 September – 1 October 2020 | Delhi, India  The deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday, 30 September 2019. Please remember that papers from NZSOLD Members need to be reviewed and endorsed by NZSOLD management Committee before they are submitted.  View more information on the Conference website.  Symposium themes: Modern Technologies in Survey … Continue reading 88th Annual Meeting of ICOLD

NZSOLD Young Professional Group Summit

Friday 5th June 2020, 3.00pm The NZSOLD Young Professional Group (YPG) is hosting a Summit from 3-5pm on Friday 5 June. This online event will be a less formal opportunity for students and young professionals to present. We also welcome more senior dams professionals to come along. The theme is “recent dam and levee incidents … Continue reading NZSOLD Young Professional Group Summit