The Government has approved new dam safety regulations for the safe management of dams after construction, to reduce potential impacts to people, property and the environment. Owners, technical practitioners and regional authorities now have two years until the regulations commence in 2024.

Engineering New Zealand Te Ao Rangahau is developing a programme for assessing and registering Recognised Engineers to support compliance with the new dam safety regulations.

Two types of Recognised Engineers will be required to audit and certify:

  • potential impact classifications (PIC)
  • dam safety assurance programmes (DSAP)

Engineers will be registered as Recognised Engineers of one or both types. Recognised Engineers must also be Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng).

Together with the New Zealand Society on Large Dams (NZSOLD), and supported by MBIE, we are working to develop the framework for the required Recognised Engineer qualifications and competencies to be assessed.

We expect the first Recognised Engineers will be registered and ready to support dam owners to comply with new requirements by early 2023.

This page will be updated over coming months. In the meantime, see MBIE's infographic for the timeline and actions required of dam owners, Recognised Engineers, and regional authorities or email hello@engineeringnz.org to find out more.

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