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: 


Advocacy and Public Awareness
• Concrete Dams
• Construction and Rehabilitation
• Dam Decommissioning
• Dam Safety • Earthquakes
• Embankment Dams
• Environment and Sustainability
• Foundations
• Hydraulics and Hydrology
• Levees
• Monitoring of Dams and their Foundations
• Public Safety, Security and Emergency Management for Dams
• Tailings Dams
View more information here


Results from the election of new committee members will be announced at the AGM.

NZSOLD ANCOLD Conference 2019


NZSOLD ANCOLD Combined Conference 2019 
Resilient Dams for Resilient Communities

Hosted by New Zealand Society on Large Dams and Australian National Committee on Large Dams.

We’re pleased to announce the 2019 NZSOLD ANCOLD Combined Conference – our 3-yearly New Zealand-Australia combined event. Join us in the City of Sails Auckland New Zealand from 9 – 12 October 2019 for a Pre-Conference Workshop, Conference & Post Conference Tour. Visit our website for news and updates regarding the conference. Be sure to check out this video to see what’s in store for you.

Through the course of the conference and the social programme, we are sure you’ll make the most of the opportunities to catch up with familiar faces and make new contacts.  Our trans-Tasman relationship is highly valued and we can all benefit from the information sharing, debate and development of practice that our combined events foster.

The conference theme: Resilient Dams for Resilient Communities, encourages us to review our current state of practice, share best practice and explore present and future challenges that we must work collaboratively to address the impacts of natural disasters, climate change and population growth on infrastructure and communities.

We have the following International and Local keynote speakers confirmed for the conference & workshop:

Conference Keynote Speakers:

Mike Rogers – Stantec/ICOLD President
Elena Sossenkina – HDR/ICOLD Committee on Levees
Kelvin Berryman – GNSWorkshop Keynote Speaker

Workshop Keynote Speaker:

Leilo Mejia – Senior Principal Geosyntec Consultants

Full details of the speakers are available from our website.

Call for papers now open!

The Call for Papers was launched in December 2018.  We have received a number of abstracts already.  Please consider the conference themes and keep the abstracts coming in!

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 March 2019.

Registrations now open

Registrations are now open and we’re pleased to offer early bird fees to any registrations before 26 April 2019.

Register now for:

Click here to view a full breakdown of ticket types and registration fees.

We look forward to your participation and submission of papers.  See you in Auckland in 2019!

ICOLD 87th Annual Meeting


The Canadian Dam Association is honoured to be hosting the International Commission on Large Dams’ 2019 Annual Meeting June 8-14, 2019  in our nation’s capital Ottawa.

Theme: Sustainable and Safe Dams around the World

Note that this conference is calling now for abstracts. Submissions close on 29 September 2018. Submit abstracts online through the following link.


ANCOLD Dam Operators Forum

The National Wine Centre, Adelaide, SA will host the 2019 Forum. It is a perfect venue on the edge of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens for us to focus on dam operations and the challenges we all face with “Doing more with less”. We will spend 27th March making new acquaintances and renewing past friendships while visiting Mount Bold dam in the Mount Lofty Ranges before travelling further south to visit the barrages on the Murray River at Goolwa. This will set us up for the Forum on 28th March for sharing our experiences and learning from each other about how we can continue to operate dams safely while our resources and budgets are cut and our dam assets continue to age. Come and share your innovative ideas and successes on how you have used new technology, materials and processes to ensure your dams are able to operate safely.

Registration Open!

This Forum is for operators with a strong practical focus on operation and maintenance so please come and join us in Adelaide in March 2019. We would love you to join us and to hear your stories.

You can read more including about our Forum themes, and presentation submission, on our Forum website.

Angus Paton 
2019 ANCOLD Dam Operators Forum Convenor

NZSOLD Young Professional Group – Wellington Field Trip

The YPG is pleased to host the third YPG Field Trip, this time in the capital Wellington! The Wellington Field Trip will be a “Historic Dams” tour, visiting some of the first dams built in the region now owned and operated by Greater Wellington Regional Council. The dams include the two oldest concrete gravity dams in New Zealand, Woollen Mills Dam and Korokoro Dam, built in 1903 in Korokoro, near Petone; and the Birchville Dam, a concrete arch dam built in 1930 in Upper Hutt. We will hear from Greater Wellington(GWRC) and Dam Safety Intelligence (DSI) representatives on the history of the dams, and some of the modern challenges of owning these dams and the upgrade works required to strengthen them. The tour will be capped off in the afternoon with a visit to the nearby Boneface Brewery in Upper Hutt to experience the next level craft beer and really good food. The bus will leave the brewery later in the afternoon to drop people in Wellington City at the Meridian Office and the airport.

To register, email with your name, cell phone, and any dietary requirements.

Field Trip Itinerary: 

9am: Welcome and presentation to the group on the History and ModernChallenges of Woollen Mills, Korokoro, and Birchville Dams
Location: Meridian / DSI office – 33 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, 6011

10am: Board bus and travel to Cornish St for Woollen Mills and Korokoro Damvisits
Location: Cornish St, Oakleigh St

12.30pm: Lunch 
Location: Potentially have cut lunch at Korokoro Dam or Oakleigh St entrance

1pm: Board bus and travel to Birchville Dam

3pm: End of dams visit – bus to Boneface Brewery for refreshments
Location: Boneface Brewery and Kitchen, Upper Hutt

4.30pm: Board bus for trip back to Meridian Office and Wellington Airport
Location: Meridian Office and Wellington Airport