Introduction to Three Exciting Studies

Wednesday 8th February 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Cost £0.00

Event Description

River Elwy Natural Flood Management Study, Working for Irish Water on the Cork City DAP, Determining Eel Passage at Pumping Stations.

We invite you to join us for the above presentation which will provide an insight into three topics relating to the water industry. Each speaker will discuss how they progressed into their current role and give a summary of the type of work they do.

Anna Gee will give the first presentation, providing an introduction into her experiences of working in partnership with Natural Resources Wales within the River Elwy catchment. Natural Flood Management (NFM) is increasingly being considered alongside more conventional flood management approaches and is being trialled across several catchments in the UK. This study combined LiDAR data, aerial photography and a flood routing model to test multiple scenarios in optimising flood relief to downstream urban areas.

Claire Blissett will give the second presentation describing how Irish Water, having only been formed in 2013, is in its infancy of sewerage planning, modelling, data collection and management. The Cork City DAP is an example of a project requiring significant stakeholder engagement and manual input in the face of poor data quality, availability and a catchment that crosses multiple administrative boundaries. A basic model has now been generated that will aid survey planning and the development of a country-wide, risk based strategy.

Martin Redding will give the third presentation, discussing how until recently there has been a distinct lack of engineering or fisheries science evidencing the behaviour of fish and eels at pumping stations, despite the introduction of The Eels (England and Wales) Regulations in 2009. With some academic backing from the EA and Hull International Fisheries Institute, this research project has now completed the third year of baseline data gathering at a number of pumping stations in the Anglian region.

The East Midlands New Members Group are currently planning their AGM, and are looking for new committee members. There will be an opportunity for attendees who are interested in joining the committee to find out more and ask any questions.

Refreshments will be available from 17:30, with a prompt start at 18:00.

The event is sponsored by AECOM.

In order to help us with planning the event, please e-mail if you would like to attend. This meeting will contribute two hours towards CPD.



AECOM, Royal Court, Basil Close, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7SL


5:30pm - 8:00pm


Anna Gee | Claire Blissett | Martin Redding