In February 1950, Changjiang Water Resources Commission (CWRC) officially founded in Wuhan;
In January 1951, CWRC set up the Changjiang Survey and Design Institute.
In June 1956, under the Changjiang Survey and Design Institute 8 professional offices were established regarding various disciplines, i.e. hydrological and hydraulic calculation office, shipping and railway office, agricultural irrigation office and etc. A lot of divisions were rebuilt successively, including the Planning Design Division, Hydraulic Complex Design Division, Construction Design Division, Mechanical and Electrical Design Division, and Reservoir Area Planning & Design Division
In April 1991, CWRC made a major adjustment to the planning and design institutions and transformed 5 divisions into the Planning Bureau and the Design Bureau.
In October 1994, CWRC combined its subordinated institutions, i.e. the Planning Bureau and the Design Bureau, to form a unified planning and design institution, i.e. Changjiang Institute of Survey, Planning, Design and Research (CISPDR).
In March 2002, CISPDR obtained the Certificate of Property Rights Registration of State-owned Assets issued by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, and officially transferred in to a company capable of providing survey, planning, design, scientific research, consulting, construction supervision & management and EPC contracting business.
In 2006, CISPDR brought in China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) as a strategic investor, and opened a new chapter of win-win cooperation and leaping development.
In 2008, CISPDR became one of 28 institutions as the first batch of organizations cerfified with “Double Class-A” (Integrated Design Class A and Integrated Survey Class A) qualifications approved by the Ministry of Construction of the People’s Republic of China. CISPDR has become a large state-owned survey and design enterprise group that provides full life-cycle service to the whole process and whole industry of engineering construction.