Rodney Charles BRIDLE MSc(Eng) C Eng C Geol FICE FGS
Rod Bridle is an experienced dam engineer offering professional civil engineering services in the fields of dams, reservoir safety and geotechnical engineering. Within these fields he can undertake investigations, feasibility studies, design, inspections, reports, reviews, advisory panels and problem solving. For many years he was an All Reservoirs Panel Engineer, authorised under the Reservoirs Act (1975) to inspect, design and supervise construction of dams of any size or type. Recent responsibilities included acting as Construction Engineer responsible under the Act for design and construction of four new flood control dams in UK. Two of these, Melton Mowbray and the River Nar, were for the Environment Agency. He was also Construction Engineer responsible for design and construction of the recently completed Pollan Dam in Ireland. He has carried out numerous dam safety inspections and supervised the implementation of safety measures for many owners including Isle of Man Water Authority, Severn Trent Water, South West Water, Environment Agency, Bristol Water, Jersey Water, British Waterways and private owners.
He has worked in Africa, Malaysia and many other countries, including USA. He was Project Manager for Queen's Valley Reservoir in Jersey, Channel Islands, and was Design Engineer and Resident Engineer in the 1970s for Empingham Dam, the dam that retains Rutland Water. His client list included the Building Research Establishment, Environment Agency, Hong Kong Government and several consulting firms and private clients.
From 1999-2001, he was Chairman of the British Dam Society and the UK representative on the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD). He is the UK representative on the ICOLD Technical Committee on Embankment Dams. He was principal author of the ICOLD Bulletin on Weak Rocks and Shales in Dams and is currently working on a new bulletin on internal erosion in dams. He supported the work of the World Commission on Dams (1998-2000). In 1986 he was awarded the Telford Medal, highest award of the Institution of Civil Engineers, for his paper on Empingham dam. He was an elected member of the Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2004 to 2007.