March 22, 2022
Rydges Latimer, Christchurch

It is my pleasure to invite NZSOLD members, as well as the wider dams community, to join us in Christchurch 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 topical areas of practice in which we expect to see significant changes in the coming years and are therefore important for our industry to think about. 

We’re also excited to introduce our international keynote speaker, Lianne Lefsrud.  Lianne is an Associate Professor at the School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, University of Alberta.  She brings a wealth of experience in systems, process safety, human and organisational factors, and risk management, from her work in the rail transport and mining sectors (including tailings dams).

Areas of advancing practice that will be considered at the symposium include:

  • Dams as a system – broadening our understanding of the dam system, not just thinking of the dam and its physical components, but also human and organisational components of the system, and the many interdependencies that exist.
  • Public safety around dams and reservoirs.
  • Implications of climate change for dams.
  • Dams and levees as part of integrated catchment management.
  • Lessons to be learned from recent dam court cases in New Zealand, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

The objectives of the symposium are to:

  • Share knowledge and provide a forum for dialogue on these advancing areas of dam practice. 
  • Understand what current international practice is for these advancing areas of practice and where New Zealand fits in this context.
  • Explore how these advancing areas of practice could be addressed in updates to the NZ Dam Safety Guidelines (2015).

We believe the symposium is shaping up to be a great event, with something for everyone involved in the wider dams industry. 

It also provides the opportunity to meet again face to face, which is important for community.  A social function will follow the conclusion of the symposium and we encourage you not to rush off and to take the time to attend.  Let’s take the opportunity to catch up with old friends, and make new ones. We will be following Government and venue guidelines around COVID-19 restrictions, more detail on that below.

We look forward to your involvement in the symposium.

Dan Forster,

Dewi Knappstein, Convenor (Tonkin + Taylor)
Shreesh Basnyat (Watercare)
Andrew Balme (Genesis Energy)
Brian Benson (Damwatch Engineering)
Petra O’Bery (Stantec)
Kaley Crawford-Flett (University of Canterbury)
Dan Forster (Dam Safety Intelligence)
Peter Mulvihill (Independent)
Paul Rivett (Riley Consultants)
Matt Shore (Geological Consulting)
Jim Walker (Meridian Energy)

Cheryll Wagener (CW Events – +64 21 022 53896)

COVID-19 Requirements

The Symposium will be sighting all attendees’ My Vaccine Passes, and verifying a reasonable number. Other measures, specific to alert level, will be in place in line with the latest government guidance at the time.

At the red alert level, events requiring My Vaccine Pass are limited to 100 attendees. There are no limits on numbers at green and orange alert levels with My Vaccine Passes. If we are at the red alert level at the time of the Symposium, attendees will be limited to the first 100 that have registered and others will receive refunds.

The approach above is intended to fulfil NZSOLD’s mandate of promoting cooperation and knowledge-sharing across the dams’ industry to the extent practicable and for as many members as possible in the current context.

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