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Flood management study on the Orange River

Posted: 29-Jan-2014

HR Wallingford has teamed up with Johannesburg-based Fourth Element Consulting to offer sustainable environmental solutions to the rapidly developing economies in southern Africa. The two organisations are now collaborating on a project to investigate flood management solutions for the Orange River in South Africa. Continue reading ›

New code of practice for surface water management

Posted: 27-Jan-2014

A new code of practice for surface water management for development sites has been published. Urban drainage experts from HR Wallingford developed this new British Standard (BS 8582) working alongside the British Standards Institute. This new standard will help developers, local authorities, architects and engineers to manage the risks of flooding and reduce resultant pollution. Continue reading ›

Wallingford floods from the air

Posted: 09-Jan-2014

HR Wallingford’s floods specialists work with clients from around the world to help assess and manage flood risk. This week, however, they got a different perspective on flooding as they took to the air with a quad-rotor helicopter. The quadcopter captured a birds-eye view of flooding on the River Thames in Wallingford, close to our UK headquarters, where water levels are now at their highest since 1947.

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New methods to meet SuDS Interception requirements

Posted: 19-Dec-2013

Sustainable drainage systems, or SuDS, are designed to diminish the impact of developments by reducing the volume of water that runs off from surfaces in to water courses when it rains. SuDS also add value by using rainwater as a resource, treating the run-off to reduce pollution as well as enhancing biodiversity and amenity. A key design requirement of SuDS is Interception – the capture and retention of the first 5 mm of every rainfall event, though in practice implementation can be problematic. HR Wallingford has developed a new methodology to help SuDS designers meet the Interception criterion. Continue reading ›

HR Wallingford help launch the International Levee Handbook in the UK

Posted: 28-Nov-2013

Levees, or flood embankments as they are usually called in the UK, are raised earth structures that provide protection against flooding along coasts, rivers and waterways, but only if designed, built and managed effectively. On 2 December 2013 HR Wallingford’s Jonathan Simm will be helping to launch the first International Levee Handbook at a joint Institution of Civil Engineers and CIRIA event in London, UK.  Continue reading ›

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