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How to Minimise Flood Damage in Your Home

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Read this useful guide on the Direct Line website full of tips and information on how to be prepared and what to do should a flood hit your area. Read the eguide here

SuDS: The State of the Nation 2016 Survey Report

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Read the key findings from the SuDS: The State of the Nation 2016 survey The SuDS: The State of the Nation 2016 survey sought the views of professionals working with SuDS at the ‘grass roots’.  As the Government prepares for a review next year of the effectiveness of delivering SuDS through the planning system in […]

2012: SuDS the State of the Nation Survey

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  Download the report detailing the results of the 2012 SuDS: The State of the Nation Survey. You may also wish to read the Special Report on the Round Table debate on the results of the Survey.

The role of the civil engineer in society: engineering ethics and major projects

By Prof Richard Ashley Richard Ashley is a Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer, Director of EcoFutures Ltd (http://www.ecofutures.eu/), Professor of Urban Water & former Managing Director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded multi-disciplinary Platform Centre, the Pennine Water Group (PWG) at the University of Sheffield. Introduction A call was made by Prince […]

Trading Estates Best Practice Poster Paper

Presented at the IWA Conference 2011 Contributors:  Brian J D’Arcy, Zorica Todorovic,  Paul Shaffer,  Andrew Hemingway,  Richard Martin 1Corresponding author:  Environmental consultant, Kinnesswood, Kinross, Scotland, b.darcy@btinternet.com. 2Atkins, Warrington, UK.  3CIRIA, Old Street, London (construction industry research and information association), UK.  4Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling, UK.  5The Environment Agency, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, UK Trading […]

Water Reflections No. 2 – Treating Surface Water Drainage

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“Of course the concentrations are high – you sampled during a period of heavy rain” thus I was told off when trying to interpret data from a survey of the Ditton brook near Liverpool in the mid 1970s.  No-one talked about diffuse pollution in those days; the awareness that high flow conditions often meant higher […]

Water Reflections: No 1 by Brian D’Arcy

Brian D’Arcy begins a series of Water Reflections with a look back to the 1970s and how old pollution problems may have been solved, then asks – what is standing in the way of tackling the remaining problems surrounding surface water management?

Probabilistic modeling of detention basins for highway stormwater runoff pollutant removal efficiency

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Urban Water Journal, Volume 7, Issue 6, 2010 Abstract The effects of various design configurations and the operation of detention basins for pollutant removal efficiency is evaluated using a Monte-Carlo simulation approach. A physically based numerical model representing the build-up and wash-off of pollutants from the highway surface has been used to predict storm events […]

Doing the first loop of planning for sustainable urban drainage system retrofits: A case study from Odense, Denmark

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Urban Water Journal, Volume 7, Issue 6, 2010 Abstract The planning and implementation of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) requires intensive collaboration between professions and institutions. To improve the conditions for such practice in Denmark, the first loop of a SUDS-based retrofitting project was completed in Odense over a 6-month period. The project involved officials […]

URBAS: forecasting and management of flash floods in urban areas

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Urban Water Journal, Volume 6, Issue 5, 2009 Abstract Recent studies on climate change indicate a growing frequency and intensity of flash flood events in western Europe. Flash floods are caused by extreme local precipitation. The URBAS project is concentrating on the urban occurrence of flash floods in Germany. URBAS has as a main objective […]

Impacts of climate change on urban drainage systems – a case study in Fredrikstad, Norway

Urban Water Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4, 2009 Abstract Norway has frequently encountered flood damage in urban areas during recent years. In this paper the authors, taking Veumdalen catchment in Fredrikstad as an example, simulated the possible consequences in the sewer system, in the present, predicted and artificial climate scenarios. Indicators that describe (1) surface […]

Urban Flood Disaster Management

Urban Water Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2008 Abstract Disaster management for urban areas is a growing priority owing to factors such as the relentless migration to cities, unplanned development, changing climate, and increasing operational and maintenance costs. New information and communication technologies offer improved opportunities to address these factors. This paper presents and describes […]

Prof Richard Ashley, Conference Chair: Stormwater Management – What About Quality? Conference

Prof Richard Ashley, Universities of Sheffield, Bradford, UNESCO IHE and Luleå, chaired the Stormwater Management – What About Quality? Conference, held at the Arup Campus, Solihull on 12 May 2011 and hosted by Hydro International. Here are some of the conclusions he noted during the Open Discussion session.

Keynote: Prof. Tony Wong: “SUDS – Ecosystems Services beyond Flood Mitigation”

Keynote Presentation: Professor Tony Wong, Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Melbourne. “Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems – Ecosystems Services Beyond Flood Mitigation”

Richard Martin, Environment Agency: “Managing Surface Water Quality in the Urban Environment”

Richard Martin, Environment Agency: “Managing Surface Water Quality in the Urban Environment”

Dr Chris Digman, MWH: “Retrofitting Surface Water Management – Opportunities and Approaches”

Dr Chris Digman, MWH: “Retrofitting Surface Water Management”
A copy of this presentation will be available to download shortly.

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA: “Doing Surface Water Management Differently”

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA and Landform: “Doing Surface Water Management Differently – Multiple Benefits and Multi-disciplinary Teams”

Jeremy Jones, DWR Cymru Welsh Water: “Surface Water Elimination and Reduction (SWEAR) Strategy”

Jeremy Jones, Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water: “Surface Water Elimination and Reduction (SWEAR) Strategy.

Phil Chatfield, Welsh Assembly Govt: “Doing It Differently – Delivering a New Surface Water Management Strategy in Wales”

Phil Chatfield, Welsh Assembly Government: “Doing it Differently – Delivering a New Surface Water Management Strategy in Wales”

Sue Illman, Illman Young: “Liveable Landscapes – the Quality and Amenity No-Brainer”

Sue Illman, Illman Young: “Liveable Landscapes – The Quality and Amenity No-Brainer”

Prof. Bob Crabtree, WRc: “Source Apportionment of Urban Pollution”

Prof. Bob Crabtree, WRc: “Source Apportionment of Urban Pollution”

Prof. Bob Andoh, Hydro Int. “How it is done in the USA”

Prof. Bob Andoh, Hydro International: “How it is done in the USA: Getting More Value from Less for Stormwater and Green Infrastructure.”

Prof. Jeremy Benn, JBA Consulting: “Developing the Tools – Applying MUSIC in the UK Context”

Prof. Jeremy Benn, JBA Consulting: “Developing the Tools – Applying MUSIC in the UK Context”

Prof. David Lerner, University of Sheffield & Defra: “Diffuse Urban Pollution and River Basin Management Plans”

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Prof. David Lerner, University of Sheffield and Defra: “Diffuse Urban Pollution and River Basin Management Plans”

ICE: Flood Risk Management – A local issue of National Importance

The Institute of Civil Engineers published its report in May 2011. It assesses the likely impacts the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) (England and Wales) will have on the authorities responsible for the preparation for, protection against and response to flooding events, including clarification of responsibilities, promotion of data sharing and partnerships, availability of […]

Source Control and Distributed Storage – A Cost Effective Approach to Urban Drainage for the New Millennium?

Paper by R. Y. G. Andoh (Hydro International plc) and C. Declerck (La Missonnais) presented at the 8th International Conference on Urban Storm Drainage, Sydney, Australia (30 August – 3 September 1999) The paper describes the results of a study investigating the cost and operational benefits of source control and distributed storage. Hypothetical catchments based […]

British Water SUDS Mission

This DTI Global Watch Mission to the US is regarded as a significant milestone in SUDS development and helped to form SUDS thinking. Co-ordinated by British Water, the mission of UK industry representatives examined storm water management best practices in the US and their implications for the UK.

Do Green Roofs Provide Stormwater Attenuation?

The benefits of Green Roofs are well documented and established, but uncertainty remains as to whether they can provide attenuation and storage for storm water. Micro Drainage worked with the University of Sheffield to pragmatically model the runoff from a green roof.

Real Life Solutions to SUDS

A novel integrated system providing ‘hard’ or engineered solutions to SUDS, Source Control and Rainwater re-use is described.