The pages in the "About Dams" section of this web-site are designed to give an introduction to dams and some of the issues associated with them. It has been written in a relatively simple style, so students can understand the information and use it for school projects.
Some of the different types of dams
How dams are used
What spillways & outlets do
Professionals who design dams
Methods of building dams
How people and environment are affected by dams
How dam safety is checked
Links to other interesting web-sites
"About Dams" was written by Dr Wendy Daniell from the University of Bristol and reviewed by Dr Andy Hughes of Halliburton, Brown and Root.
Additional photographs were kindly provided by Malcolm Dunstan, Halcrow Water, Andy Hughes, Jim Millmore, HR Wallingford, John Sawyer and Scottish and Southern Energy plc.