World Register of Dams / Registre Mondial des Barrages

World Register of Dams / Registre Mondial des Barrages

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The WRD is the best available data basis on dams in the world and we are constantly striving to better it.

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Bulletin 151

Tropical residual soils as dam foundation and fill material

Bulletin 154

Dam safety management: Operational phase of the dam life cycle

Bulletin 164

Internal Erosion of Existing Dams, Levees and Dikes, and their Foundations
Package Bulletins 2016

Package Bulletins 2016

Bulletins' Package: 2016

- Bulletin 146

- Bulletin 148

- Bulletin 157

- Bulletin 166

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Bulletin 168

Recommendations for Operation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Preprint - 172

Bulletin Preprint - 172

Technical Advancements in Spillway Design - Progress and Innovations from 1985 to 2015

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Preprint - 173

Bulletin Preprint - 173

Integrated Operation of Hydropower Stations and Reservoirs
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Preprint - 174

Bulletin Preprint - 174

Action Plan on Capacity Building
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RCC 2018

Nashville, Tennessee

November 5-7, 2018


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First International Conference on Dams

Biskra - Algeria

12 – 13 December 2018


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Africa 2019

Windhoek - Namibia

2 - 4 April 2019


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ICOLD Ottawa 2019

87th Annual Meeting

Ottawa, Canada

9-14 June 2019


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The History of the World Register of Dams


The History of the World Register of Dams


The Wolrd Register of Dams (WRD) is a fizzy fountain of information. The update 2006 which will be finished and edited in early 2011 includes more than 37.500 dams with heights over 15 m. For each dam more than 30 statistical information are given, amongst them geographical data, data of the dam, the spillway, the reservoir, the responsible as well as important environmental data.

The WRD is a magnificent source of information for design, construction , scientifical work and statistical work and statistical evaluations, also unfortunately it is something like an «untapped treasure» (ICOLD: Dams Newsletter, Mai 2004), not well known and therefore not utilized enough by the dam engineering community and other interested groups.


Nevertheless it is worth to look back to the first attempts of creating a worldwide register of large dams corresponding to the ICOLD crioteria of such dams.


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