Protections 2020

4th International Seminar on Dam Protection against Overtopping

- Nov 13, 2020

The present seminar continues the series of events initiated in Madrid (Spain) in 2014 with the objective of bringing together leading experts in research, development, and practical implementation of protection systems to address overtopping of dams and levees and mitigate against potential damages. The inaugural seminar was successfully followed by the meetings held in Fort Collins (Colorado, USA) in 2016 and Grange-over-Sands (UK) in 2018.

These efforts have produced challenging initiatives to improve the exchange of knowledge among specialists about both the physical processes involved in overtopping scenarios and the preventive measures required to protect critical infrastructures such as dams or fluvial levees. Thus, the European Club (EURCOLD) of the International Committee on Large Dams (ICOLD) is planning to launch an International Working Group on Overflowing and Overtopping Erosion (IWGOOE) which will be hosted by the European Club of ICOLD and will be structured according to the following topics:

  • Overflowing erosion of embankment dams and fluvial levees
  • Overflowing erosion of concrete dams and spillways
  • Overtopping erosion of sea dikes
  • Protections against overflowing erosion of embankment dams and fluvial levees

The IWGOOE will be officially presented in the next ICOLD Annual Meeting that will be held in Ottawa in June 2019.  The intention of the IWGOOE is to adopt Protections 2020 as the first meeting of the working group.  The permanent Organizing Committee of the series of Protections seminars is thus happy to announce this new collaboration to the technical and scientific community.

The scope of the Protections 2020 seminar will be focused on:

  • Overtopping protection systems
  • Overtopping simulators/test facilities
  • Overtopping failure mechanisms
  • Applications and innovative solutions of overtopping protections
  • Case histories of overtopping events
  • Physical modeling techniques and recent studies
  • Numerical modeling methods

Abstracts submission is open until 18 October 2019 and should be sent via email to Additional information can be found in the submenu Instructions for authors.

We look forward to welcoming you.