Main activities

IGNACIO ESCUDER BUENO holds a 6-Year (Bachelor plus Master’s) Degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica of Valencia (UPV, Spain), a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Wisconsin University (UWM, USA) and a PhD in Civil Engineerig from UPV. He is a University Professor (UPV) as well as promoter and founder associate of iPresas (a technology based SPIN-OFF company of the UPV). He is member of the Spanish Institution of Civil Engineers (Registered Professional Engineer since 1996).

He is Chairman of the International Committee on Dams Computational Aspects of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) since 2011, Secretary-General of ICOLD European Club since 2010 and Full Elected Member of The Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD) since 2007. He has been Visiting Professor at University of Maryland (USA, 2014) and Utah State University (USA, 2006) and Teaching Assistant at University of Wisconsin (USA, 1995-1996).

He has been Principal Investigator at national level projects (Spanish National Plans of 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2014) on risk analysis applied to dam safety and at European Level (Justice Directorate 2007, ERANET 2009, Programme MED 2013). Since January 2013 he also leads the project E2STORMED (Improvement of energy efficiency in the water cycle by the use of innovative storm water management in smart Mediterranean cities), under the sponsorship of the European Fund of Regional Development.

He has chaired the Organizing Committee of all (2005, 2008 and 2011) International Weeks on Risk Analysis, Dam Safety, Dam Security and Critical Infrastructure Management, as well as of the 11th ICOLD Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Modelling of Dams (2011). He has participated in scientific and organizing committees of numerous international congresses, symposia and workshops.

He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and participated as invited speaker in more than 20 conferences in different countries. He was coordinator and co-author of the SPANCOLD Guidelines on “Risk Analysis Applied to Dam safety Management” (2012), as well as coauthor of the ICOLD Bulletin 155 “Guidelines for use of numerical models in dam Engineering” (2011). He is a co-developer of the software iPresas to perform risk analysis in the field of dam safety.

He has worked as a consultant in numerous works related to safety studies, risk analysis or design projects concerning more than 70 dams. Among them, it can be named: Tous, Escalona, Loriguilla, Benagéber, Arquillo de San Blas, Arenós and Mora de Rubielos (Júcar Basin Authority, Spain); Piedras, Chanza, Machos, Corumbel and Jarrama (Guadiana Basin Authority, Spain); Yegüas, Sierra Boyera, Puente Nuevo and La Breña (Guadalquivir Basin Authority, Spain); Regato and Gorostiza (Aceralia, Spain), Limonero (South Authority, Spain); La Aceña and El Vado (Canal of Isabel II, Spain); Terrateig (Acuamed, Spain); Wolfcreek (USACE, USA); Tablachaca (Electroperú, Perú); Cervera, Requejada, Aguilar of Campoo, Camporredondo, Compuerto y Castrovido (River Duero Authority, Spain); La Tranquera, Torcas, Maidevera, González Lacasa, Val, Urdalur, Eugui, La Sotonera, Torrollón, and Guiamets (Ebro Basin Authority, Spain); Guri, Caruachi, Tocoma and Macagua (EDELCA, Venezuela), Hällby Dam (E.ON-Vattenfall, Sweden), La Minilla (EMASESA, Spain), Urrúnaga (Iberdrola, Spain), Sant Ponç (Water Agency of Catalonia, Spain), Paso Severino (OSE, Uruguay), all the large dams (27) belonging to Duero Basin Authority (Spain), Hervás and Membrio (Junta de Extremadura, Spain), Fierze, Komani and Vau (KESH, Albania), etc.