Flooding in South East Asia

Urban drainage system management

Our research is looking into how management of drainage systems can address problems of flooding of properties and roads, and excessive spill frequencies.


Risk of flooding from underground water and waste water infrastructure (CADDIES)

The ADMS/CADDIES methodology helps mitigate the threat of flooding to people, their property and infrastructure by providing fast and accurate data for decision makers. These significant enhancements over current technologies provide accurate information to water companies allowing them to make better investment and operational decisions. By improving the intelligence about flooding risks both quickly and accurately, the result will be better management of natural water resources and an enhanced ability to mitigate flooding impacts on society and the environment. At a time of increased pressures from severe flooding due to factors like climate change these new technologies provide water companies with leading edge tools for understanding and managing flood risks and impacts.

Collaborative research on flood resilience in urban areas (CORFU) (2010 - 2014)

The overall aim of CORFU is to enable European and Asian partners to learn from each other through joint investigation, development, implementation and dissemination of short to medium term strategies that will enable more scientifically sound management of the consequences of urban flooding in the future

RAPIDS: RAdar Pluvial flooding Identification for Drainage System (2010 - 2014)

RAPIDS: is a project to develop and demonstrate a tool to deliver rapid forecasting of urban flooding from manholes and other sewerage nodes. The project focuses on utilising machine-learning modelling tools that can also deliver acceptable levels of accuracy. Simple transferability has been demonstrated through the UKWIR RTM project, together with a number of industrial partners, in which 3-case study cities were modelled and results assessed.

Bacti: Early Warning System for Prediction of Bacterial Concentration Exceedance in Tidal Waters (2012 - 2013)

Bacti: is a project to develop a tool (or suite of complementary tools) to deliver rapid forecasting of bacterial concentration exceedance in tidal waters where these arise as a result of trigger events such as rainfall, wind direction, Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) operation, etc. It aims to facilitate meeting the requirements of European Commission Revised Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC)(rBWD). The project focuses on utilising machine-learning modelling tools that can also deliver acceptable levels of accuracy. We also consider simple transferability so that it can be utilised widely at different bathing waters and shellfish waters.

Cellular Automata Dual-DraInagE Simulation (CADDIES) (2010 - 2013)

The main aim of the CADDIES project is to produce better algorithms for handling dual drainage flood modelling, i.e where the urban surface flow (major system) is combined with the sewer flow (minor system)

Prepared: Enabling change (2010-2014)

Prepared: Enabling Change is a Large Scale Integrating interdisciplinary project funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Program (EC FP7). IPCC climate change scenarios have a global perspective and need to be scaled down to the local level, where decision makers have to balance risks and investment costs.

AIA (Ashford’s Integrated Alternatives)(2009 - 2011)

The AIA project is led by CWS and aims to explore the feasibility of more integrated urban utility service provision as a potential way to improve the sustainability of urban development.

Water Cycle Management For New Developments: WaND (2003-2007)

The aim of the project is to support the delivery of integrated, sustainable water management for new developments by provision of tools and guidelines for project design, implementation and management.

Cost-s: a whole-life costing approach to sewerage (2003-2005)

The project aimed to provide a framework that allowed for the impact of management decisions in sewerage to reflect the holistic costs, the associated affect on asset performance (the cost driver) and, provides a key component contributing to assessment of the impact on sustainability of different options.

Improved sewer network systems through rapid modelling and optimisation (2001-2005)

A major challenge to the UK water industry is to improve the performance of sewer systems. Flooding of properties and roads, and excessive spill frequencies are problems that the UK water companies are now required to address.

Development of software for optimal design and management of storm sewer systems (1998-2000)

The privatisation-led drive in the UK water industry towards increasing efficiency and effectiveness has led to the water companies requiring the optimal performance from their assets. The regulator has also placed particular emphasis on improving combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges during the AMP3 Period.

Flood impact assessment in mega cities under urban sprawl and climate change (2015-2017)

The project is supported by Global Innovation Initiative award of the Grant by the British Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.