Techniques and Advice

Scottish SuDS Guidance Sets High Standards

19 Feb 2016

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

Scotland has led the way in the design and implementation of SuDS. With the publication of new guidance by the SuDS Working Party in Scotland, the Scots are once again setting high standards for best practice in water and drainage infrastructure development. The Water Assessment and Drainage Assessment Guide is a clear and helpful document […]

C753: SuDS Manual Webinars Get Underway

15 Feb 2016

Written By: Mark Goodger Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

At 964 pages, the updated CIRIA C753 : The SuDS Manual has increased in size by 50% compared to its predecessor C697 and is a formidable document to get to grips with.  More than 800 engineers tuned into the first of in our series of webinars to introduce the manual and outline its key points. […]

New British Standard BS8582 May Help Point the Way Forward

22 Jan 2014

Written By: Alex Stephenson Market Development Director, Hydro International.

As the SuDS community polishes up its new year resolutions, it seems we may still have to wait a little while longer for definitive National Standards for England and Wales at least. In the meantime, a new British Standard, BS8582, has been published giving best practice recommendations on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of […]

PAS Feedback Invited

16 Jul 2013

Written By: Peter Coombs Vice President, Business Development EMEA, Micro Drainage

A consultation on a PAS for the specification of underground utility detection, verification and location is currently open and comments are invited. Cardno, on behalf of BSI would like to invite you and/or your organization to comment on the following draft.  The closing date for consultation is Friday 26 July 2013. PAS 128, Specification for […]

The Beauty of a Vortex….

16 May 2012

Written By: Alex Stephenson Market Development Director, Hydro International.

Admiring the beauty and elegance of natural patterns and processes is something that I believe all us engineers do.  The vortex is a particular object of fascination for water and drainage engineers because of its simplicity and power. Yet, as Leonardo Da Vinci once said: “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – and simplicity can take […]

Sustainable Drainage – Does Size Matter?

19 Oct 2011

Written By: Simon Bunn Sustainable Drainage Engineer, Cambridge City Council

In the case of SuDS is bigger always better? I have heard all sorts of arguments for why a single pond is the only solution to a site’s surface water drainage scheme. “Maintenance will be easier”, “there will be more biodiversity with a bigger pond”,  “bigger ponds have more storage and therefore the risk is […]

Flood Plain? – ‘It had to be SUDS’

13 Oct 2011

Written By: Gordon Hunt County Drainage Engineer, Oxfordshire County Council

Whitney Housing Development

My first thought when the Henry Box Development got planning permission was ‘how on earth are we going to drain it?’ The site was within the flood plain, and generally had a very high water table. My next thought was: this had to be a SUDs site. Up to this time we really had only […]

Blue, Green and Grey Infrastructure: what’s the difference – and where do they overlap?

2 Sep 2011

Written By: editor

A pond which overflows into underground storage basin.

Proprietary Systems:  The Confluence between Green and Grey Infrastructure in Integrated Urban Water Management All over the world  there is an increasing recognition that stormwater runoff and other wet-weather induced flows from urban catchments (eg. combined sewage overflows) are major sources of pollution into receiving watercourses resulting in water quality impairments and related adverse impacts […]

We’ve been retrofitting for years !

8 May 2011

Written By: Alex Stephenson Market Development Director, Hydro International.

Few people would argue these days against the benefits of incorporating sustainable drainage techniques into new developments. But what about tackling our existing flooding and water quality problems ? The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires us to tackle a whole range of pollutants entering our water bodies and everyone is more than aware of the many flooding issues we have encountered in recent years, from both rivers as well as sewers.

Bioretention – Learning from the US Experience

11 Feb 2011

Written By: editor

Have you ever noticed a wasted opportunity in the islands, trees and plants at the side of our roads and car parks…..?
By Bob Andoh, Chief Technology Officer, Hydro International