09 Apr

Brief History

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The Indonesian National Committee on Large Dams (INACOLD) or Komite Nasional Indonesia untuk Bendungan Besar (KNI-BB) is a non-profit professional organization in the field of large dams and a member of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) centered in Paris, France.

Data from ICOLD stated that INACOLD has been its member since 1930. The Indonesian Republic was registered as a member of ICOLD with the initiative of Prof. Dr. Ir. Soedijatmo. This move allows the birth of KNI-BB in subsequent period. The Executive Committee was formed in 1967 with Ir. Masduki Umar as the first chief. The passing of the organizationís internal budget scheme by the Executive Committee marks the official date KNI-BB was established (April 3rd 1972). The next chiefs of KNI-BB were Prof. Ir. Suyono and Ir. K. Putra Duarsa.

Since first established, the head office and secretariat of KNI-BB can be found in Jl. H. Agus Salim No. 69, Jakarta Pusat that also serves as part of the office space for Perum Jasa Tirta II (ex Perum Otorita Jatiluhur)

ICOLD is an international professional organization in the field of large dams first established in 1928. Its primary goal is to encourage its members towards making improvements in the building of dams that not only encompass the design and construction process but also the holistic maintenance of dams. This goal is supported by the routine activities of the organization such as its Annual Meetings, Technical Committee Meetings, and Congress (held every 3 years). These activities serve as a platform for its members to exchange information on the development and the newest technology of dams that is current in their respective countries. The establishment of ICOLD was a result of the lack of medium for its members to obtain information regarding dams safety which at the time was paramount as the failure of dam constructions were causing unnecessary human casualties. At the time it was established, ICOLD had only 26 member countries. To date 82 member countries are registered under ICOLD with over 7000 members.

Develop and maintain large dams to create a more effective and efficient means of the development and management of water resources for the wealth of the community.

  1. Development and management in the planning, implementation, and operation & maintenance of large dams.
  2. Improve the quality of expertise and responsibility of Indonesiaís Technical Experts on dams in the field of large dams.
  3. Actively participates in the improvement of wealth for the Indonesian people through the development and management of large dams within the water resources management.