Hydro 2017 - International Conference and Exhibition


The stunning city of Seville in the autonomous community of Andalusia, southern Spain, will provide an ideal setting for the HYDRO 2017 International Conference and Exhibition. Delegates will engage in discussions on all topical issues relating to hydropower, with emphasis on international collaboration: working together in project planning and implementation to shape the future of world hydropower development.

Event Type:
Oct. 9-11, 2017
Congress and Exhibition Centre Seville
Seville , Spain


Abstracts are now invited on the following, and related topics. The themes set out below do not represent the final titles of sessions, which will be decided when papers have been selected for presentation. If you would like to suggest an additional subject for discussion which is not listed below, this could be considered for a session, panel discussion or workshop.

Potential and Planning

  • Unexploited potential: country profiles
  • New tools for site identification
  • Feasibility studies
  • Hydraulic modelling
  • BIM: roles and applications
  • Civil and E&M aspects: synergy in planning

Project Preparation

  • Securing finance
  • Project structuring
  • Contractual issues
  • FIDIC from the perspective of all players
  • Risk management
  • Legal and insurance aspects
  • Anticipating and avoiding delays
  • Innovative design: case studies

Project Implementation

  • Advances in construction techniques
  • Construction management
  • Interface between civil and electromechanical design
  • Challenging site conditions
  • On-site safety
  • Avoiding cost and schedule overruns

Operation and Maintenance

  • Reservoir operation and management
  • Optimization for multiple stakeholders (multi-criteria decision analysis)
  • Monitoring, maintenance and upgrading
  • Ensuring powerplant safety
  • Control and automation
  • Gateworks: selection, operation and safety
  • Learning from incidents and failures
  • Cyber security

Upgrading and Plant Life Extension

  • Retrofitting existing water infrastructure
  • Uprating electromechanical equipment
  • Refurbishment of dams and appurtenant works

Regional Collaboration

  • Transboundary projects
  • Power trading
  • Legal issues
  • Integrated regional development
  • Water rights and usage issues
  • Roles of river basin agencies and power pools

Environmental and Social Aspects

  • New approaches to sustainable development
  • Timely communication with stakeholders
  • Enhancing public awareness
  • Benefits of multipurpose schemes: case studies
  • Fish protection and species conservation
  • Sedimentation management

Climate Issues

  • Issues arising from COP 22
  • Climate research
  • Hydrology
  • Climate resilience: strategies and experience
  • Flood and drought mitigation and management
  • Flood discharge works

Hydro Technology

  • Research and development for hydro machinery
  • New developments in hydro turbines and generators
  • Improving safety and efficiency
  • Instrumentation and flow measurement
  • Marine energy (tidal, wave, instream systems)
  • Penstocks and hydromechanical equipment

Small Hydro

  • Small, micro and pico hydro: technical issues
  • Innovative case studies
  • Incentives for development

Pumped Storage

  • Role and benefits: case studies
  • Innovations in pumped-storage schemes
  • Pumped storage versus battery storage and grid interconnection?
  • Optimising operation in developing power grids

Grid Issues

  • Increasing grid capacity
  • Hydro in synergy with other renewables
  • Regional supergrids
  • Smart grids

Civil Engineering

  • Innovation in dam design and construction
  • Spillway design and operation
  • Building dams in challenging site conditions
  • Safety and monitoring of water infrastructure
  • Seismicity and extreme hazards
  • Geotechnical issues and tunnelling

Regional Sessions and Round Tables

  • Updates and case studies on development issues and projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe
  • Special session on hydro and pumped storage in Spain and Portugal

Capacity Building and Training

  • Preparing the next generation of hydro practitioners
  • Training opportunities and industry encouragement
  • (A panel discussion is planned for young engineers)

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