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Friday 03 Mar 2017Big data and use of information in water, flood and coastal management

Alistair McMillan and Alice Johnson -

Harrison Building, HAR170 14:00-15:00

The seminar is based on our work for the compant Royal HaskoningDHV, an introduction to the presenters, and how this relates to the future of information systems or what could be coined as Big Data. We use this every day within in our work to solve real problems for clients to reduce flood risk, improve sustainability, enable development, and enhance society. We will focus on key projects we have undertaken coastal defence schemes, artificial surfing reefs, slipways, salt ponds in Jordan; highlighting what we have learnt from them. We then want to explore what is next in our industry and what we need to do to respond to this. We hope this will provide a good starting point to enable a lively discussion.


Alastair McMillan

I am a Civil Engineer and Project Manager within the Water Business Line. My portfolio of projects includes design, supervision and contract management of a number of water management engineering projects in the United Kingdom and overseas. I have contributed to a number of research and development studies and associated guidance, including a national dataset in the UK for Coastal Boundary Conditions (extreme sea levels and wave heights).

Alice Johnson

I am an experienced Chartered Civil Engineer within the Water Business Line. I particularly enjoy working on the technical side of projects combining varying needs from the client, statutory consultees, to modelling and engineering design enabling a joined-up approach to schemes. Prior to working at Royal HaskoningDHV, I undertook and completed a PhD on Risk Based Assessment of Shingle Beach Management. The research included designing and implementing a risk-based numerical model coupling long-shore and cross-shore sediment movements to simulate beach changes and optimisation of management procedures

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