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Chile research funding awarded

December 14, 2015

RIL will partner with Aberystwyth and Exeter universities in the UK and with the Austral University of Chile, Valdivia, in Chile for a 2-year research project ‘Glacial hazards in Chile: Processes, Assessment, Mitigation and Risk Management Strategies’ as from January 2016 until January 2018. The work consists of three themes: (1) To understand the physical […]

HYDRO 2015, Bordeaux, France, 26th-28th October 2015

November 2, 2015

This year’s international gathering of hydropower specialists was held in Bordeaux, France, 26th-28th October 2015. Prof. John Reynolds, RIL’s MD, gave a presentation entitled ‘On the need to integrate Disaster Risk Management within the hydropower sector’. This was part of a specially-convened session following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April and May. As part […]

Latest status of Tsho Rolpa and Imja Tsho glacial lakes, Nepal, following the Gorkha Earthquake, 25th April 2015

May 22, 2015

The recent earthquakes in Nepal on the 25th April and 12th May 2015 and many aftershocks have led to concerns being expressed about the stability of two glacial lakes in Nepal – Tsho Rolpa in Rolwaling, and Imja Tsho in the Solukhumbu. Given Prof. John Reynolds’ long association with the Rolwaling community (back to September […]

Ghorka earthquake and aftershocks destroy the village of Beding in Rolwaling – renewed concern over the stability of Tsho Rolpa, Nepal

May 12, 2015

On Saturday (9th May) I received the following news from Dr Janice Turner, an anthropologist who has been studying Rolwaling Valley in Nepal for 40 years: “The Rolwaling people are in crisis because of the earthquake [25th April 2015]. Every house is heavily damaged or destroyed. One helicopter dropped off some tarps and food but […]

Update on the aftermath of the Gorkha Earthquake of 25th April in Nepal

May 7, 2015

It is now clear that the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake on the 25th April has moved from search & rescue through to body recovery and care for survivors. In additional there is considerable attention being paid by international agencies on how best to help Nepal without swamping it’s already battered infrastructure and systems. […]

Nepal’s devastating earthquake Saturday 25th April 2015

April 30, 2015

The graphic pictures of the destruction of the older parts of Kathmandu and surrounding districts and of collapsed houses in remote villages are a stark reminder of the impact of earthquakes. This latest major earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, has long been anticipated. The region is well known for its high seismic activity […]

January 2015 – RIL provides key geophysical advice for international hydropower project in Georgia

February 4, 2015

RIL’s Geophysics team, managed by Dr Lucy Catt, Senior Geophysicist, has been commissioned again for another hydropower project in Georgia. The RIL team will be providing ongoing technical advice on geophysical surveys, field supervision, data analysis and interpretation as the project develops over the coming months.

January 2015 – RIL continues to provide leading-edge advice for offshore wind farms

February 2, 2015

RIL continues to maintain its leading-edge position with offshore wind farm developments by providing key advice to international developers with repeated contracts for a number of different wind farms and clients. RIL has been providing consultancy advice on technical specifications, tenders, survey designs and geological interpretation regimes.

January 2015 – Glacial hazards role in major new dam project in Pakistan

January 30, 2015

In January 2015, RIL started a two year-commission to provide glacial hazards advice as part of the Scoping for and the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Diamer Basher Dam Project in northern Pakistan, under contract to MWH, Chicago, USA, and funded by USAID. The RIL team is headed up by Prof. John M. […]

October 2014 – New tidal energy initiative launched

January 28, 2015

On the 31st October 2014, North Wales Tidal Energy and Coastal Protection Co. Ltd (NWTE), based in St Asaph, held its official launch at Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay, north Wales. NWTE, of which Prof. John M. Reynolds, MD of RIL, is also a Director, has the vision to become a significant generator of tidal renewable […]