We are going to Kununurra

Learn more about the amazing Forum location and venue, Kununurra here

Registration open now!

Places for the Forum, Dinner and Post-Forum Tour are limited and will be subject to availability. Click here to visit the registration page.

Call for Presentations

In addition to our invited speakers, proposals for Presentations are requested with the goal of providing more depth for important technical areas.

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On behalf of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) and the 2018 Forum Organising Committee, I invite you to join us in the “top end” for the 2018 ANCOLD Dam Operators Forum from 16 – 17 April 2018.

The Kimberley Grande, Kununurra, WA will play host to the 2018 Forum. The location presents a unique opportunity to discuss dam operations in an environment that shares the isolation, extreme events and communications challenges that many owners face. Whether you are operating the gates at North Pine Dam, walking the groins at Darwin River Dam, or inspecting the galleries of Cotter Dam, we are all dealing with the “Modern Challenges in Dam Operations.” No matter where you are located, we are all involved in the operation and maintenance of assets that were built in a previous era with different constraints and operational expectations. Such as changing OH&S regulations, maintaining a submerged asset, or even just exercising a valve that now needs to remain open 100% of the time due to the changing operation of the system downstream. Separate to the ANCOLD Conference and with a strong practical focus, the Forum is an opportunity for Dam Operators to focus on what matters to us today and share stories and learnings. We may be from different organisations, but we are all operating and maintaining assets to meet the ever changing goal posts set by our customers and regulators.

Let’s take the opportunity to come together as one team, even if it is to vent about that upgrade project that thinks you have nothing better to do than be their onsite lackey, we have all been there! We look forward to seeing you in April 2018 in Kununurra. The journey will be worth it!

Joe Mills
2018 ANCOLD Dam Operators Forum Convenor


Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in sponsoring The ANCOLD Dam Operators Forum 2018? Click here to view the Sponsorship prospectus or contact the Forum Managers at damoperatorsforum@arinex.com.au or phone +61 8 9486 2009.