12 February 2020
This is the fourth of CIWEM Northern Ireland branch’s 2019 – 2020 technical talks. It is a joint meeting with the Institute of Water looking at a case study of integrated environmental modelling in Dundrum Bay.
Dundrum Bay is a small intertidal bay on the south-east coast of Northern Ireland in County Down. Dundrum Bay suffers from significant nutrient and faecal pollution from both human and diffuse sources of pollution. It is a Water Framework Directive protected area for Shellfish production and also designated as an Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive sensitive area in 2014.
The presentation discusses the timeline of investment that Northern Ireland Water has made in the Dundrum Watershed and the advances in modelling techniques to acquire the evidence-based approach to asset investment for the future. In this era of constrained public financing, the modelling will give Northern Ireland Water and stakeholders the decision making capability to offset hard infrastructure solutions against “green solutions” such as, improving land practices, or reducing storm water from entering the sewerage system to make our drainage systems more sustainable. The modelling facilitates a multi-scenario approach to show us how we can enhance and improve the environment, lower carbon emissions, create habitats and improve biodiversity in the most sustainable and proportionate manner.
About the speakers:
Andrew Harte CEng MICE MCIWEM
Andrew is a Chartered Engineer working within the Asset Delivery Directorate for Northern Ireland Water with 10 years’ industry experience. During PC15 he has been the programme manager for strategic modelling studies within Northern Ireland Water that focus on improving water quality to comply with Water Framework Directive requirements to include protected area compliance in designated bathing and shellfish waters throughout the Northern Ireland coastline. These studies have been central in the development and adoption of Northern Ireland Water’s integrated environmental modelling approach utilised on various PC15 studies to include Dundrum, LWWP, SWELL and the Shellfish and Bathing Waters Remediation (SaBRe) Project. The approach has also supported asset investment strategies, using modelling as a decision tool, as the company moves into PC21.
Gina is a coastal modeller, with 5 years’ experience in marine, coastal and estuarine environmental consultancy. She joined Intertek Energy and Water in 2014 after completing a MSci in Oceanography and has since undertaken a range of hydrodynamic and water quality modelling assessments, primarily for water companies throughout the UK. Gina was Intertek’s project manager for all of Intertek’s environmental modelling work for Northern Ireland Water, but is currently on secondment into Northern Ireland Water to act as their project manager on several integrated environmental modelling studies focussing on shellfish and bathing water compliance.
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Travelling to the venue
As part of CIWEM’s commitment to tackling the climate and ecological emergency we would encourage delegates to use the most sustainable means of transport possible. Malone House is situated within Barnett Demesne, South Belfast.
For those travelling by bus use the Metro Services 8A, 8B to Finaghy Road South from Donegall Square East. Get off at DubShops, turn left after the shops and access to Barnett Demesne is at the top of the lane. If you do come by car, please consider sharing your journey with others. Malone House is within easy reach of the city and the M1 motorway. It is signposted from the junction of the Malone Room and the Milltown Road. Drive to the top of Malone Road, when you reach the roundabout at the House of Sport, take the first exit left towards Shaw’s Bridge for 150 yards. Move into the right filter lane to turn into Malone House and Barnett Demesne. There are on site car parking spaces available.
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