About the John O’Neill Otter Trophy: New Generations Competition

The New Generations Competition is an annual competition run by the CIWEM Tyne & Humber branch to provide those at the start of their career with a forum to showcase their work.

Candidates must be in the first five years of their environmental career to be eligible to apply.

The John O’Neill Otter Trophy is presented to the candidate voted for by a panel of industry experts.

Applications open

Candidates must be in the first five years of their environmental career to be eligible to apply.

A short abstract (max 150 words) of your presentation should be submitted to Richard Whiteley at richard.whiteley@ghd.com by 5pm Friday 8 July 2022.

Abstracts will be short listed by the Tyne & Humber branch committee and a short list of three candidates will be selected.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Wednesday 13 July and invited to prepare a presentation to deliver at the New Generations Competition event.

The New Generations competition will take place virtually on Wednesday 27 July.

Each talk will last for 20 minutes followed by a chance for the audience and panellists to ask questions and quiz the candidates on their presentation. At the end of the evening one of the candidates will be crowned the winner of the New Generations Competition 2019 and will take home the John O’Neill Otter Trophy and the branch nomination to the CIWEM Young Environmentalist of the Year.

Previous Competitors

Jack Lonsdale

Jack Lonsdale

Competition winner 2019

An Analytical Approach to Identifying Sustainable Drainage Systems Opportunities

“Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are becoming increasingly prevalent as we move to promote water quality, quantity, amenity and biodiversity benefits to drainage solutions in light of modern global challenges. The identification of suitable measures and locations, and the quantification of the costs and benefits, is vital to give clarity to key stakeholders and promote the commission of SuDS.

I have developed a suite of desktop routines, building off previous work by Stantec around Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans (DWMP), to automate and quantify the identification of possible SuDS retrofit opportunities across a catchment. Using a grid-based GIS approach, a visual and quantified output is produced for a range of different SuDS and surface water measures, consisting of location, size, storage capacity, practicality and cost. It also calculates available impermeable area within the study area and uses Digital Terrain Models to map drainage paths to estimate the requirements of measures.”

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