Meeting with Beijing Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research Corporation (BIC)
Create date: 03/22/17
On March 20, 2017, at the Vietnam Academy of Water Resources (VAWR), Prof. Tran Dinh Hoa, Deputy Director General, had a meeting with the mission team of Beijing Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research Corporation (BIC) under the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), led by Mr. Yanyu Chen - Chief Executive Director of BIC and team members including technical and marketing officers.

In the meeting, there was a representative of the Department of Science and International Cooperation of the General Department of Irrigation - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Other representatives of VAWR were from the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, Institute of Hydropower and Renewable Energy, Centre for Training and International Cooperation and General Planning Department.

At the meeting, Mr. Yanyu Chen, BIC Executive Director, gave a brief introduction about the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), Beijing Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research Corporation (BIC) and their mobile dam technology (Hydraulic Elevator Dam). The China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) was established in 1958, with currently 1438 employees. Their activities mainly include the prevention of innundations, droughts and floods; automation; irrigation; and polluted water treatment. In addition, the Institute has the cooperation with many international organizations and research centers, such as the International Associations for the Studies of Environment, Association of Irrigation issues, water and dam programs and international works, and other global organizations.

The Beijing Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research Corporation (BIC) is one sub-institute of the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) with the functions of implementing national and international projects and mobile dam technology, which is introduced at the meeting with VAWR.

Subsequently, the company's technical officer briefly introduced the mobile dam; its characteristics; application; exploration and upgrading; the actual works which have been applied and the advantages of the Corporation.

Hydraulic Elevator Dam as a new type of irrigation works is the new invention of the Corporation resulted from the research projects in irrigation science and technology under different irrigation and geological conditions. It can be applied for expanding irrigation-hydropower projects, expanding reservoirs, and increasing capacity of hydropower stations.

Hydraulic Elevator Dam technology is used by the Corporation for storing water in the reservoir, water supply for the cities, sea tide protection, irrigation for agriculture and water landscape of the city.

This technology has many advantages such as fast operation, one by one gate opening, no floating objects and sedimentation. The operation is simple and convenient, it is possible to use peripherals to operate. This technology is popular in many places in China and has been introduced and applied by the Corporation in some countries such as Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia.

Hydraulic Elevator Dam technology has won many patents granted by the National Office of Inventions, such as patents for new types of applications that are highly applicable, good appearence, and invention. It was in the list of products being directed for wide introduction of Advanced Irrigation Technology Promotion in 2014 of the Ministry of Water Resources. During the meeting, representatives of the Corporation wished to cooperate with the Academy to put this type of dam into application in some reservoirs in Vietnam.

On behalf of the VAWR, Prof. Tran Dinh Hoa - Deputy Director General has introduced existing dams as river barrages and other kinds of works in the world. Also on this occasion, our Deputy Director invited the BIC team to attend and introduce their dam technology as a solution for river barrage at the workshop "Impact assessment of lowering the Red River water level" to be held on 22/3 and chaired by Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Hoang Van Thang. The Deputy Director also invited the delegation to attend another workshop on river barrage solutions tentatively in September.

On behalf of the Corporation, Mr. Yanyu Chen - Excercutive Director thanked the VAWR for the workshops’ invitations and expected the two sides to keep communication through key contact persons, and invited the VAWR to pay visit to the Company's mobile dams constructed in China in the coming time. He hoped to discuss more issues with details in the next meeting.

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