UDG Annual Conference Digital Series

The Urban Drainage Group Annual Conference, previously known as the UDG Autumn Conference, is the culmination of a year of highly regarded events across the whole industry, attracting speakers and delegates both nationally and internationally.

We know how this community values getting together and sharing its ideas on best practice, innovation and partnership working in urban drainage, so this autumn we are hosting a virtual technical conference instead. The event will run as a series of three digital sessions featuring keynote addresses, technical papers and panel discussions. We believe this format will be popular and sufficiently flexible for you to participate around your other commitments. The conference will include award of the WaPUG Prize in a new format.

UDG Annual Conference Programme

Please click on the + for more details about our programme and speakers. Information displayed is as accurate as possible but the organisers reserve the right to change the programme / speakers without notice.

Storm overflows & water quality + WaPUG Prize & Margetts Bursary

Policy options for storm overflows and the storm overflow taskforce

Speaker and summary to be confirmed shortly

A broader vision for drainage and wastewater that is fit for an environmentally sustainable future

Speaker and summary to be confirmed shortly

Lessons learned from a large scale WFD programme | David Gordon, RPS and Richard Dannatt, Intertek

Severn Trent wanted a deeper understanding water quality on 32 river reaches. RPS and Intertek had to undertake model upgrades, asset surveys, flow surveys and quality monitoring. This project aims to protect and enhance the environment by gaining a better understanding of the real issues in water quality. This paper will review the various stages we have gone through and share some lessons learned. Throughout this project one of the key enablers was the stakeholder engagement and all the way through the project we have extensively consulted and involved the EA in the process.

WaPUG Prize | Urban Drainage Group Committee

Each year CIWEM Urban Drainage Group awards the WaPUG Prize at our annual conference in November. The prize is named in recognition of our predecessor organisation (WaPUG) which was founded to support the UK urban drainage management community in 1984 when modern planning approaches and models were in their infancy. The prize celebrates our rich heritage but also looks to celebrate the leaders and technologies of the future.

Margetts Bursary Award | CIWEM

The Margetts Bursary in Urban Drainage Engineering has been set up by CIWEM and RPS Environmental Management Ltd (RPS) to continue Jamie Margetts' work, by supporting young professionals (early career graduates, or final year undergraduates) to improve their capabilities in the field of urban drainage. The bursary is of a value of £3,000 with the purpose to provide financial support for a young professional to obtain a postgraduate qualification which can support a career in the field of urban drainage or to carry out a period of research-based study that would significantly contribute to their career development in the field of urban drainage.

Urban flooding

Intensification of short-duration rainfall extremes and implications for flash flood risks

Speaker and summary to be confirmed shortly

Impact of climate change on the DWMP flood resilience measure | Martin Osborne & Gurjit Ghuman, WSP

Summary to be confirmed shortly

Developing Surface Water Warnings and data for the public and local authorities | Vicky Boorman, Borough of Hillingdon & John Griffiths, Kisters

Summary to be confirmed shortly

Digital technologies in urban drainage management

Pumping Stations: one’s and zero’s | Andy Bolden, Wessex Water

Donald Rumsfeld’s missed a category; the “unknown knowns”. This is data we know we have but which is never viewed or analysed, i.e. much of the telemetry archive. By using examples, the paper will show how an apparently unexciting data stream can reveal much about the catchment and the health of the pumping station, giving warning of developing issues before something fails, floods or spills. It will show how incomplete information from several sources can be combined to improve confidence while also recognising (and filtering for) limitations in the data stream. Experience gained can feed into machine learning applications.

Using artificial intelligence - Height Intelligence Tool (H.I.T) | Neil Nutt, Mot Macdonald

A step change is needed to lower costs and accelerate the slow and expensive protection of communities from the impacts of flooding. Through developing Height Intelligence Tool (HIT) Mott MacDonald is helping bring about the step change. The technology will negate the need for antiquated threshold surveys by using 21st century Artificial Intelligence with data that anyone anywhere in the world can capture via a smart phone. It will accelerate the promotion of flood risk management schemes, improve the nation’s prioritisation of investments and reduce project costs.

Addressing the challenge of network pollution through monitoring and analytics | Adam Smart, Stantec

Yorkshire Water has set itself a number of ambitious targets in some key linked to improving community and the environment such as pollution and internal/external flooding. The target for pollution is to reduce incidents by 50% between 2018 and 2025. This paper covers one initiative involving the installation of 1,000 low cost depth monitors within the sewer network and will outline the methodologies developed for installation and analysis. It will summarise the impact they have had in the 18 months since installation commenced and show the impact they have had in helping Yorkshire Water towards its pollution reduction target.

Embracing Ruby - Bridging the gap to the automated tomorrow | Jonathan Dowen, RPS

Every day budgets are becoming tighter, processes more complex and the data with it grows larger; the need to reach outcomes faster and more precisely remains ever important. Traditional approaches to problem solving are outdated and unable to keep up with these modern issues and expectations. Ruby has been a continuously evolving feature of InfoWorks and InfoAsset for many years that has progressed into an incredibly powerful automation platform. In this paper we will explore the opportunities that embracing Ruby brings, looking at key possibilities and impacts of such implementations alongside what else the future could hold for it.


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Urban Drainage Group Annual Conference Sponsors

Richard Allitt Associates Ltd has been providing expert urban drainage solutions since 1996. With headquarters in Sussex, the company opened a regional office in Altrincham in 2019. Offering specialist hydraulic modelling services, RAA has established itself as a leader in integrated catchment modelling and has been appointed by CIWEM and the Environment Agency to lead the update of the industry guidance on Integrated Urban Drainage.

As well as flood risk solutions, RAA also have an aerial survey division. Remote Aerial Surveys have been operating across multiple sectors including Water, Environment, Rail and Construction since 2014 offering high quality and cost effective survey, inspection, mapping and 3d modelling services.

RPS is a leading global professional services firm. We define, design and manage projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world. We work across six sectors: property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government services. In the water sector we are proud to work with most of the water companies in England along with Welsh Water, Scottish Water, Irish Water and Northern Ireland Water.

We stand out for our clients by using deep expertise to solve problems that matter, making them easy to understand and by being easy to work with.

Read our brochure or access our Waternet Pro video to learn more about us.

GreenBlue Urban is the global leading solutions provider in assisting trees in their battle to establish in urban spaces. For over 30 years GreenBlue has drastically improved urban planting success and increased leaf canopy across the world.

Supported by their mission to enable sustainable cities through green and blue infrastructure, GreenBlue work alongside SUDS industry leaders to enable award winning projects with proven facts on reducing flow rates and improving water quality.

Innovative solutions and in-house expertise using the latest technologies will meet your needs to assist with the design and planning of stormwater solutions.

Innovyze is a global leader in building innovative, industry-leading software for the water industry for over 35 years, serving thousands of clients including the largest utilities, ENR design firms, consultancies and refining plants around the world.

We develop our software continually to ensure it remains innovative and cutting edge. We release updates regularly, incorporating new modeling techniques and new functionality that our customers need. Our groundbreaking Emagin artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions are designed to predict and optimize water operations and processes for utilities, food and beverage plants, and industrial facilities. accelerating adoption of AI to transform the water industry.

Sponsorship is £750+VAT and includes a three-day pass for two delegates, profile throughout the event and in digital post-event report. For any queries, please email our team at events@ciwem.org.

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