International Commission on Large Dams (of the World Power Conference)

International Commission on Large Dams (of the World Power Conference), Internationale Talsperren-Kommission (der Weltkraftkonferenz), Commission Internationale de Grands Barrages (de la Conférence Mondiale de l'Energie)
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Founded: 6/7/1928
Sources: HB 1929, HB 1936, HB 1938


An International Executive Committee consisting of one, two or three delegates of each country in proportion to population. The Executive Committee is assisted by a permanent bureau. (HB 1929) The Officers of the Commission are a President, three Vice-Presidents, a General Secretary and a Treasurer. (HB 1938)
  • G. de Thierry Vice Chairman (Vice President) 1929-1936 : of the Executive Committee
  • A. Genthial Secretary 1929-1936 : of the Executive Committee / Secretary of the Permanent Bureau (Secretary) 1929-1936
  • Gustave Mercier Vice Chairman (Vice President) 1929-1936 : of the Executive Committee / Chairman of the Permanent Bureau (President) 1929-1936
  • Giangiacomo Ponti Chairman of the Executive Committee (President) 1929-1936


Members in these countries

National hydraulic dam committees in each of the adhering countries. (HB 1929) Comités des grands barrages dans chacun des pays ci-après:
Algeria (since 1936) , Australia (since 1938) , Austria (since 1936) , Belgium (since 1936) , British India (since 1936) , Bulgaria (since 1938) , Czechoslovakia (since 1936) , Egypt (since 1936) , France (since 1936) , French West Africa (since 1936) , Germany (since 1936) , Hungary (since 1936) , Italy (since 1938) , Japan (since 1936) , Morocco (since 1936) , Netherland Indies (since 1936) , New Zealand (since 1936) , Norway (since 1936) , Poland (since 1936) , Romania (since 1936) , Spain (since 1936) , Sweden (since 1936) , Switzerland (since 1936) , Tunisia (since 1936) , Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (since 1936) , United Kingdom (since 1936) , United States of America (since 1936) , Yugoslavia (since 1938) ,



To encourage all advances in the study, construction, upkeep and operation of hydraulic dams by making use of all available information and furthering research work on the subject. (HB 1929) Etude scientifique et technique des Grands Barrages dans le cadre international (HB 1936) Scientific and technical study of large dams from the international standpoint. (HB 1938)


Each country, through its national committee or its delegates, contributes annually a sum proportionate to its population to the funds of the International Commission. This contribution represents a certain number of units, the amount of the unit being fixed by the plenary assembly. (HB 1929) Sources de recettes : les cotisations des comités nationaux d'après la population; cette cotisation représente un certain nombre d'unités, le montant de l'unité étant fixé par la réunion exécutive. (HB 1936) Receipts : Contributions from the National Committees, based on population ; each contribution represents a number of units, the amount of the unit being fixed by the executive meeting. (HB 1938)

General facts

The International Executive Committee held its first meeting in 1929 at Paris. It is proposed to hold the first congress in 1931, probably in Italy. (HB 1929) Depuis sa fondation, en dehors de la réunion executive annuelle, la Commission a tenu un congrès en Scandinavie (28 juin-8 juillet 1933). Un deuxième congrès est en préparation pour 1936 ou 1937. (HB 1936) Since its foundation, the Commission, in addition to the annua, executive meeting, has held a congress in Scandinavia (June 28th to July 8th, 1933) and a second congress in the United States of America (September 7th to nth, 1936). (HB 1938)


A Review will be published as soon as possible. (HB 1929) Un Bulletin du Bureau permanent, en principe semestriel. Cinq volumes du premier Congrès des grands barrages. Autres publications contenant des renseignements sur l'Organisation : Le Génie civil, Paris, 7 octobre 1933. (HB 1936) A Bulletin du Bureau Permanent, half-yearly as a general rule. Five volumes on the First Congress on Large Dams; Five volumes on the Second Congress on Large Dams. Other Publications containing information about the Organisation: Le G&nie Civil, Paris, October 7th, 1933, December 12th, 1936. (HB 1938)


Apart from reports submitted to congresses, the Commissions' principal activities are the establishment of a library and a bibliographical and information service, the opening of enquiries, research work, etc. (HB 1929) Une réunion exécutive annuelle et, si besoin est, des réunions exécutives spéciales. Des réunions publiques (congrès) où sont traitées des questions techniques. (HB 1936) Activities: An annual executive meeting and, if necessary, special executive meetings. Public meetings (congresses) on technical questions. (HB 1938)