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RIL’s MD plays significant role in international hydropower conference

April 12, 2016

RIL’s MD, Prof. John M. Reynolds, took a prominent part the ASIA 2016 international hydropower conference in Vientiane, Laos PDR, between 1st and 3rd March 2016, which was attended by 825 delegates from 47 countries. He chaired a session on ‘Safety in water infrastructure’ and presented a technical paper on ‘Glacial behaviour in the Upper […]

Looking for new staff

April 12, 2016

Due to a growing workload RIL is keen to appoint two new members of staff as soon as possible. The new posts are Technical Director and Geohazards Specialist. For the Technical Director role we are looking for a senior technical specialist in one of three sectors: Near-Surface Geophysics (terrestrial and offshore); Engineering Geology/Geotechnical Engineering; or […]

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 […]

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 – 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 – HYDRO 2014, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy

January 26, 2015

Prof. John Reynolds, MD of RIL, attended the 3-day international HYDRO-2014 conference and exhibition held at Cernobbio, northern Italy, 13-15th October 2014. He gave an invited keynote presentation entitled ‘Natural Disaster Preparedness for Hydropower Development in High Mountain Environments’ in the session focused on the Asian region. He highlighted the current situation in the hydropower […]

September 2014 – Disaster Risk Management role with The World Bank

January 23, 2015

In September, Prof. John M. Reynolds, MD of RIL, was appointed as a Short Term Consultant to The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA, to take a technical lead through 2014-15 in a major new 5-year $100 million project funded by The World Bank and the Japanese Government on introducing Disaster Risk Management into the hydropower […]

Leading the way at ASIA 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Climate Change

April 3, 2014

Prof. John M. Reynolds, MD of RIL, gave the first presentation in the ten years’ history of the Hydropower & Dams ASIA bi-annual series of conferences and trade shows on the important subject of climate change and the impact of glacial hazards on hydropower development. He gave a paper entitled “Managing glacial hazards for hydropower […]