Archived Webinar

Remote Preparation and Supervision of Construction in Hydropower Projects

January 15, 2021

This Webinar brings together industry specialists and practitioners to discuss how modern tools and innovative approaches can be used to improve remote preparation and supervision of major construction projects, with a special focus on hydropower.  These will include new technological approaches like use of sensors, Building Information Modeling, and Digital Twins to manage and supervise complex construction sites and deliver projects on time and under budget.  Cutting-edge remote sensing and geospatial tools that are particularly relevant in a hydropower context will also be presented in this regard.  The session will showcase experiences from around the world where a new range of disruptive technologies are being leveraged to optimize efficiency, reliability, and collaboration to achieve tangible improvements in project design, construction and implementation.  Reimagine the management of construction projects for the new age!


About the Presenters

Moderator: Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep (Harsh), The World Bank

Moderator: Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep (Harsh), The World Bank

Harsh is a Global Lead for Disruptive Technology at the World Bank. In over 24 years at the World Bank, he has led and supported several environmental, water, and natural resources operations and analytical support around the world. He has also been a Global Lead for Watersheds, currently co-leads the Bank’s HydroInformatics focal area, and leads a Disruptive KIDS (Knowledge, Information & Data Services) Helpdesk. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Madras), a Masters in Environmental and Resource Engineering from Syracuse, and a PhD in Water Resources and Environmental Systems Engineering from Harvard University.

Topic: Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy Global Practice


Bill Hakin

Bill is an internationally experienced civil engineer with a proven track record across a broad range of disciplines in consulting and construction engineering mainly in the hydropower and dams sector. His work experience spans four continents with two of the largest consulting and construction firms in the world.



Topic:  Moving the Delivery of Hydropower Projects to Digital Platforms

Introduction of the Topic: Bill brings over 30 years of post-graduate experience in civil engineering, business development and general management. He has been the project manager or director for numerous water infrastructure and hydropower projects (some of which have won National Awards for Technical Excellence). You will hear from Bill how hydropower projects can be moved to digital platforms and the challenges to be overcome.

Paul King, Bentley Systems

Paul is a passionate advocate of construction innovation and global best practice for using technology solutions in the built environment. He is a chartered engineer and manages a global Bentley team advising construction participants about digitisation, collaborative working, and technology best practices. He has supported major projects such as Crossrail, Masdar City and London 2012.


Topic: Advancing Digital Delivery of Hydropower Projects

Introduction of the Topic: A digital revolution is well underway in construction. A new mindset is needed to start exploiting digital workflows and technology to improve efficiency, reliability, and cooperation to create meaningful improvements in project performance. Hear about the current trends in construction and project delivery, and how the use of digital twin technologies are helping deliver infrastructure projects on budget and on schedule; how digital project delivery is enabling improvements through the entire asset lifecycle.

Mark Heggli, Hydromet Monitoring

Mark is a Meteorologist/Hydrologist focused on realtime monitoring, data relay and associated information systems in support of a wide range of sectors. For the past 20 years Mark has helped over 40 countries spanning six continents in modernizing in-situ hydromet monitoring efforts. He currently serves as a committee member to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), HydroHub, Innovation Committee.


Topic: Hydrometeorology and Hydrologic Remote Sensing in Hydropower Projects

Introduction of the Topic: Mark will discuss current and emerging technologies in hydromet monitoring and information systems as the world turns from manual collection and record keeping to fully automated data collection, storage, and dissemination. This will include the discussion of popular real-time data relay systems that are vital to the decision-making process. The prospect of using remote sensing to help determine hydrometeorological conditions will also be discussed.

Ole Mikkelsen, Sequoia Scientific, Inc.

Ole has over twenty years of experience in sediment dynamics research, instrumentation development, manufacturing, sales and support.





Topic: Real Time Sediment Monitoring in Hydropower Projects

Introduction of the Topic: You will hear from Ole on how real time sediment monitoring is revolutionizing the way operators will run their hydropower plants with sediment issues. He will discuss Sequoia’s acoustic and acousto-optical sediment sensors, the LISST-ABS and LISSTAOBS for long-term sediment monitoring.

Bendik Riseng Nesje, Multiconsult

Nesje has 11 years of relevant experience with Hydropower development. He has for the past 3,5 years been Project manager for 2 of the most technological advanced projects in both Multiconsult and in Norway at Jølstra HPP and SmiSto HPP. Both projects are fully designed using 3D modelling and both projects are constructed without the use of 2D drawings.



Topic: Remote QA of construction activities comparing 3D scans at site with design model

Introduction of the Topic: Bendik will give an introduction to how 3D scans and data for controlling geometry are used, adjusting solutions if necessary and having a updated basis for weekly engineering meetings, remotely on two large underground Hydro Powerplant in Norway, both built without drawings.

Dalia B Kirschbaum, NASA

Dalia is Chief of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and leads a research team focused on multi-scale modeling and mapping of landslide hazard and risk using satellite data and model products.




Topic: Regional landslide hazard and forecasting system

Introduction of the Topic: The NASA landslides team focuses on assessing the hazard and exposure of rainfall-triggered landslides using modeling, monitoring and mapping techniques that primarily rely on remotely sensed information. In this work you will hear about some new global and regional activities to understand and forecast landslide hazard processes.

Zhang zhiwei, Powerchina Chengdu Engineering Corporation Limited

Zhang is a forerunner and practitioner of intelligent construction. He is devoted to the integration and application of information technology and engineering projects. He is the core leader for Chinese BIM standards of hydropower. He also promotes digital solutions of engineering life cycle, with rich experiences in research and engineering applications.


Topic: Research and application of BIM for hydropower projects

Introduction of the Topic: Zhang will introduce the BIM technology solutions in hydropower, including BIM standards, R&D, engineering applications and digital delivery. He will share the experience of 3D dynamic design and digital delivery ,which is the first application in hydropower construction stage of China.

Dany Jones, ITS Geospatial

Dany leads the Information Technology Solutions (ITS) Geospatial team at the World Bank Group, which includes the Geolab. He is the product lead for Geospatial Platform, which supports access to Hi-Res Satellite Imagery and drone operations for hydropower construction supervision.



Topic: Geospatial Innovations for Infrastructure

Introduction of the Topic: In this session Dany will explain how Geospatial Platform and help teams in hydropower construction supervision using a web-based tool accessible to WBG staff that allows users to map the locations of the World Bank projects, search and overlay datasets from various sources, perform spatial analysis, look up and overlay recent and historical hi-res satellite imagery etc.

Martin Lacey, WestGlen Consult Ltd.

Martin has over 20 years of experience in international engineering and project management with a focus on the hydropower sector. In addition to his consulting responsibilities, for the last four years he has also been leading a research and development team focused on remote inspection, collaboration and monitoring systems to help improve the delivery of international construction projects.


Topic: Remote Engineering Collaboration

Introduction of the Topic: Martin will introduce SEER, a remote collaboration technology conceived to allow for effective off-site supervision and management of hydropower construction sites. The technology embeds 24 high-resolution cameras in a proprietary hardhat design, pushing the limits of existing machine vision technology. The image data, which is captured automatically, is then stored in the cloud and can be accessed from offsite by engineering specialists located anywhere in the world. Navigation of the data is by location and by time, offering a multi-dimensional user interface, all of which means engineers and other stakeholders can operate effectively, even while being located offsite.

Questions Submitted


- Feb 25, 2022


- May 28, 2021

jose luis

- May 14, 2021
se pueden utilizar herramientas modernas y enfoques innovadores para mejorar la preparación y supervisión remota de grandes proyectos de construcción


- Mar 13, 2021

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Feb 11, 2021
Great discussion


- Jan 22, 2021
Great Course!!


- Jan 22, 2021
Great Course!

Mohammad Nadir

- Jan 21, 2021
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