Entura shares training insights at 2023 International Conference on Dam Safety Management and Engineering

March 30, 2023

Entura’s Director of Strategy, Sales and Commercial, Dr Amanda Ashworth, recently took part in the 2023 International Conference on Dam Safety Management and Engineering (ICDSME23). 

Amanda was one of many speakers and presenters at the 2-day event, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by the Malaysian National Committee on Large Dams (MYCOLD). Her presentation focused on certified dam safety inspector training, and a specific collaboration between Entura’s clean energy and water institute (ECEWI), MYCOLD and Malaysia’s Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN).

“Entura’s dedicated training arm ECEWI has worked closely with MYCOLD and UNITEN to deliver a Certified Dam Safety Inspector course,” said Dr Ashworth. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, restricted travel meant that we had to find remote training options and overcome challenges to deliver the program.”

“We are proud to say that this has successfully resulted in the first batch of 29 participants receiving their certifications, which I was fortunate enough to be present for at this year’s ICDSME.”

The collaborative training program was delivered in three phases. The first involved online classes where theory on dam safety principles such as surveillance, inspection, monitoring and reporting was taught to participants by ECEWI’s key trainers in Australia. This was followed by practical site visits to two Malaysian dams, Tembat Dam and Kenyir Dam, with local supervisors. Lastly, students undertook examinations and were rewarded by successfully completing their Certified Dam Safety Inspector training.

“At Entura, we are passionate about knowledge sharing and capability building with our industry partners, and this training is representative of that. We’re looking forward to bringing through more batches of certified dam safety inspectors and delivering executive management training in the future,” said Dr Ashworth.

“Building people’s capability in engineering is required to strengthen economies, governments and individuals, and is one of the most critical elements in developing the right capacity to implement Malaysia’s dam safety guidelines and its anticipated regulatory laws.”

ECEWI has been delivering training programs and initiatives to clients and partners throughout Australia and Asia over the last decade. The institute has enjoyed close relationships with MYCOLD, UNITEN, Bangkok’s Asian Institute of Technology, Sarawak Energy Berhad and others. To find out more about ECEWI and training options available, head to our website.