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.

Do you work in water, wastewater or environmental management?

Are you at the start of your career with five years or less industry experience?

Why not showcase your work on Tuesday 14 May and have a chance to win the John O’Neill Otter Trophy! Papers should showcase your work, the work of your company or your creative thoughts in water, wastewater or environmental management.

The Tyne and Humber Branch Committee are currently looking for presentations for the competition. If you are at the start of your career with less than five years of industry experience, working in the water, wastewater or environmental management area, then this is a great opportunity to showcase your work, the work of your company or your creative thoughts in this area.

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


How to apply

If you're interested in competing, send an abstract of approximately 150 words of your presentation, with your name and details of your employer (where appropriate) to Rob Berry at rob.berry@jbaconsulting.com.

Papers should showcase your work, the work of your company or your creative thoughts in water, wastewater or environmental management.

Read the full guidance here.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Friday 12 April 2024.

Abstracts will be short-listed by the Tyne & Humber branch committee and a short list of three candidates will be selected. You will be notified on Friday 19 April 2024 if you have been successful at the abstract screening stage, giving you time to prepare your presentation.

The John O’Neill Otter Trophy New Generations competition will take place on Tuesday 14 May 2024 at the Mott MacDonald & JBA Bentley offices in Leeds at Floor 3, Whitehall Riverside, 1 Riverside Way, Leeds, LD1 4BN. On the evening, each candidate will give their 15-minute presentation and there will be a chance for the audience and panellists to ask questions. At the end of the evening one of the candidates will be crowned the winner of the New Generations Competition 2024.

Previous Competitors

Josh Greener

Josh Greener

Competition winner 2022

Exploring the Catchment-Wide Implications of Flood Mitigation Optioneering

“Flooding is a perpetual issue, becoming increasingly difficult to mitigate in an urbanising world undergoing climatic challenges.

Using a methodological approach, I have assessed flood mitigation strategies to determine optimal solutions based on flooding mechanism, severity, and frequency, whilst considering other wider catchment risks. Level of service assessments enabled me to identify the locations and scale of detriment in the surrounding network during the model testing phase, and CSO spill comparisons have been used to ensure permitted discharges are kept within regulation. Furthermore, I have gained an understanding of cost-implications of different options, improving efficiency and deliverability to clients.

Using hydraulic models, I have assessed solutions to various flooding issues, including property, cellar, overland flow and development impact assessments (DIAs). The process has taught me the importance of wider considerations when identifying flood mitigation strategies, including feasibility and timescales, and impacts on flood risk and CSO discharges in the surrounding network.”

You can view the recording of the competition on the CIWEM YouTube channel.

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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