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Carlos Ospina

Carlos Sebastián Ospina Delgado, Colombian civil engineer (Bitaco, La Cumbre, Valle del Cauca 27 June 1920 – Bogotá 19 October 2013)

Internationally renowned as a consultant on projects as dams, tunnels, roads, bidges and mining projects

Planned, designed and developed engineering projects such as roads, water supplies, electric power transmission and distribution and industrial plants, all of which characterized by innovative solutions

He had been directly involved in 14 of the world’s greatest dam projects


With A. Marulanda. Colombian experience with NATM concepts. Felshau 6(4), 1998

Hydroelectric power in Colombia. Intern. Water Power Dam Constr. 39(7):33-8, 1987

With J. Montaña. The Laguneta Hydro-Electric Project. Water Power 3:104, 1959

With P.Z. Kirpich. Flood control aspects of Cauca Valley development. Proceed. Am. Soc. Civil Eng. 85(12147):1-34, 1959

Multi-layer penstocks and high-pressure wyes. Discussion. Proc. Amer. Soc. Civil Engrs. 83(6):1460, 1957 

The Anchicaya power development. Water Power 8(3):100, 1956

Mechanical and electrical equipment for Colombia: Guavio project


Medal of Honor, US National Academy of Engineering (1999)

Honorary Member, International Commission of Large Dams (2012)