Your questions around Digital Guidelines subscriptions, access, end user agreement and support are answered here.

ANCOLD Guidelines in hardcopy or digital format have been issued by ANCOLD Incorporated after preparation by a specialist Working Group of its members, scrutiny by independent reviewers and endorsement by the ANCOLD Executive.  It constitutes one of a suite of inter-related Guidelines that are intended for use in various aspects of design, construction, management and operation of dams. They are not a prescriptive Code of practice, but a basis for experienced practitioners to use in conjunction with other relevant information and techniques, supplemented by their sound professional judgement.

At the time of issue, the processes, techniques and recommendations in this document are considered to represent good professional practice in Australia. From time to time developments in the subject matter are likely to occur, with all Guidelines in the suite, including this document. Consequently, at any given time, there may be amendments contemplated by ANCOLD, and/or known to relevant professionals, but not yet published.

Before making a decision to act on the information or procedures in this document, you should make your own enquiries and seek your own professional advice and/or exercise your own professional skill, experience and judgement as to the appropriate application of the information or methods provided herein to the particular needs, objectives and circumstances of your project. Unless you are already well-versed in the subject matter and its proposed application, you should seek the advice of a competent professional experienced in the relevant areas. Inappropriate or inexpert use of these and other Guidelines may lead to serious consequences, extending as far as to dam failure, damage to property and/or environment, and even to loss of life.

DISCLAIMER: No claim or representation (including as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the information or any part of it) is made, nor is any guarantee or warranty given, express or implied, in relation to any of the information or methods in these Guidelines. Your use of these Guidelines is entirely at your own risk and responsibility.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, ANCOLD Inc. excludes all liability to any and all persons, professional or otherwise, arising directly or indirectly from the use of this document.

We are pleased to announce the implementation of advanced security measures for the ANCOLD Digital Guidelines platform. These measures aim to safeguard the integrity of our resources and ensure a secure and controlled user experience.

DRM Settings Overview:

1. Device Limit: Set to 5 devices: Enjoy flexibility while maintaining reasonable access control.

2. Dynamic Watermark Controls: Dual-level watermarks: Identify the source of any ANCOLD Guideline images found on the internet, enhancing traceability.

3. Printing and Copy Controls: Restriction on printing and copying: Preserve the integrity of ANCOLD content by preventing unauthorized reproduction.

4. Screen Sharing/Print Controls: Any efforts to screen grab or screen share are logged against the user. At ANCOLD’s discretion, breaching copyright policy may result in user bans from utilising the digital format.

5. Offline Access Controls: Measures to protect content integrity and adherence to licensing terms.

End User Agreement: All end users, whether individual subscribers or part of an organisation’s Team, are subject to these terms upon signing up for a subscription or gaining access through their Organisational subscription. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we prioritise the security and protection of ANCOLD’s digital assets.

Your Security, Our Priority: We understand the importance of securing your access to ANCOLD resources and are committed to providing a safe and controlled environment for all users.

Thank you for Your Cooperation: Your cooperation and adherence to these security measures contribute to the continued success of ANCOLD Digital Guidelines. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out through our dedicated support channels

Access to ANCOLD Digital Guidelines is via an annual (12-months from the time of purchase) subscription to the full suite of ANCOLD Guidelines. 

Individual user subscriptions are available to Non-members, and to Associate and Retired Associate Members. 

Organisational subscriptions (multiple user) are only available to Organisational Members.

12 month subscription pricing

Non-members can purchase an annual individual subscription for $160AUD.


Associate and Retired Associate Members can purchase an annual individual subscription for $90AUD.

Voting Representatives for Organisational Members will see the purchasing options as outlined in the table below.

The voting representative (and/or nominated Manager) controls which employees have Digital Guideline access, limited to the user subscription level chosen. Where the 50+ user subscription is chosen, all employees set up in website as Team members will automatically have access to the digital guidelines. 

Upgrade, downgrade, or cancel your subscription conveniently through your account dashboard.


Annual subscription price ($AUD)











Sustaining Members have access to an annual organisational subscription of 50+ users as part of their membership benefits.

Honorary Members have access to an annual individual subscription as part of their membership. 

Once you have purchased your subscription through the shopping cart or your organisation has granted you access as part of their subscription, go to the dropdown under your name and click ‘My Digital Resources’.


Here you will find a list of all the Digital Resources you’ve downloaded, this includes all Papers, Seminars, Bulletins and the current Digital Guidelines.

Click on a download link to access the web viewer page for the selected Guideline.

This is a general guide put together by the digital rights management platform we use, Vitrium, on how to use the web viewer including Page Viewing & Layout, Annotations and Search features. 

Please be aware that ANCOLD digital guidelines don’t have access to all of the functionality mentioned in the guide, such as printing and offline access.  If the function isn’t showing as available in the ANCOLD web viewer then we have not adopted it.

Vitrium Web Viewer Guide

1- 50 Employees Subscription:

Once you have purchased your subscription through the shopping cart and your access tier has been set by us (this can take up to 24 business hours), go to the dropdown under your name and click ‘Downloads’.

In your Dashboard menu click on Team.  Here you can see the employees that you have granted access as part of you membership. The instructions for adding employees to your Team can be found here. 

You can grant Team members access to digital guidelines by clicking the button next to their name. This can be toggled on and off.

50+ Employees Subscription:

This is the easiest organisational subscription to manage as once you’ve paid for your subscription within 24 hours (business days) all the employees you’ve added to your Team will have access to Digital Guidelines in their Downloads.

Active Account Management:

It’s crucial to maintain the accuracy of your Team members. To facilitate this:

  • Use Work Email Addresses: For optimal account management, encourage employees to use their work email addresses during the account creation process.
  • Review: Actively review your Team members periodically to remove individuals who are no longer associated with your organisation.

At ANCOLD, your experience and feedback are at the heart of everything we do. As a valued user of ANCOLD Digital Guidelines, we are eager to hear your thoughts on the format and usability of our platform.

Your insights can play a pivotal role in shaping the future enhancements and ensuring an even more seamless experience for all users. Whether you have suggestions, comments, or thoughts on specific features, we want to know!

How to Share Your Feedback:

  1. Feedback Form: Complete our brief feedback form here.
  2. Email Us: Send your thoughts directly to [email protected].

ANCOLD publications are subject to copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process, nor may any other exclusive right be exercised, without the permission of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams Incorporated (ANCOLD Inc.).

In our commitment to providing you with valuable and timeless resources, we recognise the challenges posed by the longevity of web addresses/URLs in ANCOLD Guidelines. As these external links may become invalid over time, we’re excited to share a proactive solution we’re working on:

Upcoming Feature: ANCOLD Guidelines External Links Repository

What to Expect:

  1. Centralised Links Repository: We’re creating a dedicated page on our website that compiles all external links referenced in ANCOLD Guidelines.
  2. Status Check: Regularly updated to verify the status of each link to ensure accuracy.
  3. Invalid Link Solutions: In the event of an invalid link, we’ll strive to provide alternative or updated links whenever possible.

Your Role: As ANCOLD members, your feedback is invaluable. If you encounter invalid links or have suggestions, please utilise our dedicated support channels or the forthcoming feedback form on the External Links Repository page.

This is a important step toward ensuring the enduring usefulness of ANCOLD Guidelines. Stay tuned for updates and further details as we work to make this feature available to you.

Cancel your subscription at any time with one click. When logged in to your account go to ‘My Subscription’ and click the blue button ‘Cancel’.

The subscription will still be active, pending cancellation at 12 months from the date of purchase.

You can reactivate your subscription by clicking on the blue button with that name as shown below.