French Committee on dams and reservoirs

Mission and History

Created in 1926 as the French Committee for Large Dams (CFGB) and statute of an associative organization.

FRCOLD has worked on the creation of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) in 1928.

The Committee's mission is to promote progress in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of dams, including power plants when integrated in the dams. Since 2011, the CFBR has enlarged its field of intervention to dikes protecting against submersions.

The Committee fulfills its mission by exchanging information among its members. Each year, it organizes a Technical Symposium open to the entire profession and manages national working groups to develop recommendations.


The Committee is composed of more than 500 members.

The Committee is managed by an Executive Board of 29 members elected for 3 years. The Executive Board elects annually a Bureau consisting of a Chairperson, three Vice-Chairperson and a Secretary General.

The members of the Board represent each one of four main categories of the dam profession: Administration, Owners, Consulting Firms and Contractors. Two additional categories are open to teachers or researchers and individual experts.

The resources of the Committee consist of the annual membership fees it receives from its members, either individuals or entities. EDF (Electricité de France) currently provides the Committee with the secretariat located at the EDF Hydraulic Engineering Centre.

Benefits for the dams’ professionals

Technical standards and knowledge dissemination

The first benefit is, of course, the committee's contribution to the development of recommendations and the dissemination of practices and experiences among its members and, beyond that, for the international community of dams. The recommendations, listed in the appendix, are indeed published in French and translated into English to reach the widest possible audience. The organization of a technical symposium each year contributes greatly to the dissemination of experiences and practices within the profession. The themes selected for these symposia are very varied (see below the themes selected for the symposiums of the last years); they concern all aspects of the profession and concern dams but also their ancillary works and the valves of spillways, for example. Among the topics covered are: the regulation and the REX of its implementation, the theoretical and practical aspects of sizing, the safety of the dams, the methodologies of exploitation, the techniques of investigations and repairs, the projects of research and development, etc. Each symposium gives rise to the publication of a collection of articles.

It is to be noted that the symposium articles are referenced DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and that the CFBR publications are available under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licenses.

Each year the committee holds its general assembly, followed by a symposium to which a European committee is systematically invited to make one or two presentations including a presentation of the dams in its country.

The Committee's website ( is organized in two sections: a "public at large" section providing information on the world of dams, the life and activities of the committee and already giving access to many downloadable documents including technical recommendations. The section reserved for the members of the committee also offers numerous documents, including the articles of the symposia, the minutes of the meetings of the Executive Board, etc.

Important Dates
Full paper submission deadline
Notification from paper review process
Deadline for presentation submission
Symposium Program

Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD), Japan Commission on Large Dams (JCOLD), French Committee on Large Dams (CFBR) and Chinese National Committee on Large Dams (CHINCOLD) have the honor to invite professionals to the 9th International Symposium on Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) Dams and Cemented Material Dams, which will be held in Dec.4th-8th,2023 in Guangzhou City, China.

RCC dams have the virtues of saving a great deal of concrete, building quickly, making project cost down and early bringing into playing project advantages and so on. Hence, the technique of constructing dams has been quickly spread and applied since it came out. Today there are more than 400 RCC dams in more than 40 countries. Great successful experiences and advanced technologies have been achieved. CHINCOLD and SPANCOLD have devoted to promote the technology from early 1990’s. The first Symposium on RCC dams was jointly organized by the two committees in 1991 in Beijing China, which was a success start of the series of RCC Symposiums.

Cemented Material Dam (CMD) is a new type of dams, which includes Hardfill dam, Cemented Sand and Gravel dam (CSG), Cemented Sand, Gravel and Rock dam (CSGR), Rock-filled Concrete dam (RCD), Cemented Soil dam (CSD), and so on. There are more than 200 CMD projects constructed and under construction.

The 9th International Symposium on Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) Dams and Cemented Material Dams will provide a platform for practitioners, engineers, researchers, scientists, managers and decision makers from all over the world to exchange ideas and technology about the latest developments dealing with RCC dams and CMDs. Beside international best practice, the participants will also have the occasion to visit some famous RCC dams and CMDs in China in operation or under construction.

Dec. 3


Dec. 4

Opening Ceremony, Awarding Ceremony, Symposium

Dec. 5

Symposium, Round Table Forum, Closing Ceremony

Dec. 6-8

Study Tours