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Bioretention Research & Practise – Outcomes & impacts of 3 year collaboration research project (Urban Green DaMS)

September 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This free event, hosted by The University of Sheffield and Newcastle University, will provide insight into the outcomes and impacts of a three-year collaborative research project (Urban Green DaMS) to improve design parameters for biofilters/raingardens.

Limited places to in-person event
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to register online, please email Susan Richards to be added to the wait list. We reserve the right to limit the number of registrations per company.
The session will be recorded and made available to anyone unable to attend in person. Please register for the ‘seminar recording’ to be notified when this is available.

Drainage/flood protection engineers need to be able to quantify how SuDS devices respond to rainfall events – including the extreme events that are responsible for flooding – to effectively use SuDS for stormwater management purposes.

Biofilters (also known as raingardens) manage runoff from catchments typically ten times larger than their own plan area and provide filtration of pollutants associated with road

The Urban Green DaMS project collected data from a combination of full-scale test beds (lysimeters) at Newcastle University and column tests at The University of Sheffield. The data will help understand and quantify the influence of design parameters (growing media composition, planting selection and outlet control configuration) on the rainfall retention (ET rates) and runoff detention performance (K values and outlet controls) of lined biofilter systems.

Findings of the three-year EPSRC-funded collaborative research project will be summarised by the researchers and use of the data within modelling for rainwater management will be discussed.

SuDS practitioners will talk about the impact of this work on design, implementation, regulatory targets, and guidance including incorporation into the forthcoming update of CIRIA’s The SuDS Manual (C753F). They will also provide an overview of important ongoing retrofit SuDS projects.

Sponsorship opportunities
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Louise Walker.

Why attend

  • Learn how different types of vegetation and outlet controls impact surface water retention and detention in raingardens.
  • Understand the impact of evapotranspiration and hydraulic conductivity on raingarden performance.
  • Discover how new data on raingarden performance can be included in the most commonly used modelling tools.
  • Participate in discussions on appropriate regulatory targets for surface water management.
  • Hear about the planned approach to update to The SuDS Manual (C753F) and incorporate knowledge from the latest research and practice..
  • Gain insight into the evolution of retrofit SuDS from practitioners involved in large-scale projects.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend
Lead Local Flood Authorities, Local authority planners, Local authority highways teams, Regeneration and redevelopment specialists, Urban designers, Engineering consultants, Landscape architects, Sewerage undertakers, Environmental regulators, Researchers, SuDS designers, Environmental organisations, susdrain partners and supporters.

Monday 19 September 2022
12:30 – 18:00

12:30 Welcome lunch

13:30 Welcome and introduction
Professor Virginia Stovin, Professor of Green Infrastructure for
Stormwater Management, The University of Sheffield

13:45 Effects of different vegetation and outlet controls on retention and detention
within biofilters – lysimeter findings
Dr Daniel Green, Research Associate: Sustainable Drainage,
Newcastle University

14:00 – Effect of different vegetation on evapotranspiration rates and hydraulic
conductivity within biofilters – column test findings
Dr Simon De-Ville, Research Associate, The University of Sheffield

14:15 – Reflections on bioretention modelling
Dr Simon De-Ville, Research Associate, The University of Sheffield

14:30 – Modelling SuDS with Autodesk InfoDrainage
Daniel Yardley, Product Engineer, Autodesk

14:45 – Interactive discussion and Q&A

15:00 – Networking break

15:30 – Stormwater management metrics: how do we quantify stormwater
management performance and what should our regulatory targets be?
Professor Virginia Stovin, Professor of Green Infrastructure for
Stormwater Management, The University of Sheffield

15:45 – Updates to the CIRIA SuDS Manual
Bridget Woods-Ballard, Technical Director, HR Wallingford

16:00 – – SuDS Design and Implementation – 20 years on
Zac Tudor, Associate Landscape Architect, Arup

16:15 – Severn Trent Water’s Mansfield retrofitting programme
John Brewington, Regional Development Manager, Severn Trent Water

16:30 – Interactive discussion and Q&A

16:55 – Closing remarks

17:00 – Networking drinks

susdrain partners and supporters Free to attend
CIRIA members Free to attend
Non-members Free to attendBooking
Please sign in or create an account to register online for this event.
If you are experiencing issues registering online, please complete and return the booking form to Susan Richards.
Alternatively please contact us on 07933 181 765 or email our Customer Services team.
Confirmation emails will be sent 10 days before the event.

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September 2022
12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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London, Warwickshire EC1A 9PN United Kingdom
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