15th International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams

Politecnico di Milano, 9-11 September 2019


Numerical modelling has become the indispensable and powerful tool for design and safety assessment of dams. The tremendous development of computer hardware and software over the last decades has made it possible the present extraordinary  development of computer-based methods.

The benchmark-workshops organized by the ICOLD Technical Committee A “Computational Aspects of Analysis and Design of Dams” since 1991 provide an excellent opportunity for engineers, researchers and operators to present and exchange their experiences and the latest developments related to the design, performance and monitoring of dams.


The ICOLD Technical Committee A and ITCOLD, the Italian National Committee on Large Dams, have the pleasure to announce the organization of the 15th Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams to be held in Milano on 9th-11th September 2019.

The Workshop is co-organized with the Politecnico di Milano, that will host the event, and Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico - RSE.


Moreover, after the Workshop a short course on Modern Methods for Nonlinear Earthquake Response History Analysis of Concrete Dams will be given by Professor Anil K. Chopra (University of California, Berkeley) in collaboration with his research associates.


A Preliminary Program of the Workshop can be found here and a preliminary description about the proposed Themes can be downloaded here.


Anybody interested in attending the Workshop or participating to the Benchmark or attending the course are kindly requested to send a feedback to the Organizers by filling this file and sending it to icold-bw2019@polimi.it.

Information about the further steps related to the organization of the Benchmark Workshop and the short course will be sent within January 2019.



General Organizer

ICOLD Committee A on “Computational Aspects of Analysis and Design of Dams”



MAZZA’, G.  Italy



ZENZ, G.  Austria


Technical Advisory Team

RESTELLI, F.   Argentina

LOPEZ, F.  Australia

TZENKOV, A.   Bulgaria

CURTIS, D.   Canada

CHEN, S.   China

MARULANDA, C.   Colombia

BROUCHEK, M.  Czech Republic

KHALIL, E. A.  Egypt

VARPASUO, P.   Finland

MOLIN, X.   France

TERHEIDEN, K.   Germany

DAKOULAS, P.   Greece


MEGHELLA, M.   Italy

NOGUCHI, Y.   Japan

ANDERSEN, R.   Norway

GLAGOVSKY, V.   Russia

VITHOKIN, E.  Russia

MINARIK, M.   Slovakia

KLUN, M.  Slovenjia


ROBERTS, G.  South Africa


MALM, R.  Sweden

GUNN, R.   Switzerland

PELECANOS, L.  United Kingdom

PERCELL, P.   United States




Local organizing committee (LOC)


Politecnico di Milano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

G. Bolzon, D. Sterpi, C. Jommi


ITCOLD – Italian Committee on Large Dams

G. Ruggeri, G. Mazzà, R. Caruana, C. Cioccari


Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE S.p.A.

A. Frigerio, G. Faggiani, M. Meghella, M. de Nigris, F. de Larderel