Project proposals

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The CIRIA projects listed below are seeking industry involvement and funding. Please select a project proposal for more information. Alternatively, you can download the latest programme in document form here. 
Modelling for resilience – decision support tools for infrastructure
A small working group is being formed to help scope this study, which is likely to consist of a review of current information, plus a series of modules/ information sheets each describing a particular class of model applications and their assumptions
 
Valves, pipework and associated equipment in dams – selection, operation, evaluation and repair
The UK Reservoir Safety Advisory Group has identified the need for further research and guidance on the selection, operation, evaluation, repair, maintenance and replacement of gates and Valves, and CIRIA is co-ordinating the development of a proje
 
Structural health monitoring (SHM) systems for civil infrastructure
This scoping project will determine what guidance is required for those specifying and managing structural health monitoring (SHM) systems. CIRIA will use the findings from a scoping workshop to develop a research proposal for good practice guidance
 
Accreditation and/or assessment of SuDS – scoping
This project will explore the potential and methodology for an accreditation and/or assessment scheme to asses SuDS designs and designers supporting both the approval process and the delivery of high quality multi-beneficial SuDS.
 
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles for infrastructure asset management
The guidance will enable clients and infrastructure managers and those providing asset management services to better understand how unmanned aerial vehicles technology can be used within their organisations to improve their asset management capabilit
 
Delivering successful integrated water mangement through the planning system
This project will produce guidance which supports the delivery of effective integrated water management (that include SuDS) for new development and regeneration projects. It will review and showcase good planning policies and the process that underpi
 
Guidance on cost effective SuDS delivery
This project will create guidance expanding on the SuDS Manual, collating case studies and disparate research on costs to provide advice on practical approaches to improve the cost effectiveness of SuDS.
 
Resource pack to improve SuDS construction
CIRIA’s guidance on SuDS construction will be produced in the spring of 2017. It will be a guidance document, with an accompanying presentation that can be freely downloaded. Market research will be undertaken to inform the format of the resource pac
 
Scoping study on innovative funding and financing for Integrated Water Management
This project will scope out and provide guidance on national and international approaches that might support UK IWM delivery by different stakeholders (including organisations, individuals and the community).
 
Guidance on natural flood management
This project will produce guidance which builds on existing case studies, high-level guidance and research (eg SEPA’s handbook, Environment Agency and NERC research) to present case studies, develop a design philosophy, design objectives and criteria
 
Managing UXO on land projects - tool box talks and training materials
This project will provide training materials for site operatives and ground workers to manage UXOs more efficiently in land projects
 
Effective innovative remediation approaches for contaminated land – case studies and good practice
This project will update C549 explain how to design and implement innovative land remediation technologies using a series of case studies.
 
Cost effective and innovative site investigation: a guide for safe application
This project will keep contaminated land practitioners, regulators and other stakeholders up-to-date with latest development, understand the benefits and limitations, theory and practical, safe and cost effective application of these new approaches
 
Delivering wellbeing at site level
While regulations require health and safety hazards and risks to be prevented and strictly controlled, there are no specific legal requirements for workers’ physical and mental health.
 
Effective management of environmental issues in facilities management (P3066)
CIRIA is proposing to develop a one-day training course that helps delegates understand the key environmental issues to manage during facilities management activities and the good practice to be implemented on a day-to-day basis.
 
Advanced Numerical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering
Undertaking mainstream geotechnical design with numerical methods is relatively new for the industry and senior engineers potentially unfamiliar with the methods are required to put in place structures and procedures to guide the outcome and ensure r
 
Invasive species - supporting effective management on construction projects
This project will update CIRIA’s previous guidance and will be complemented by a series of briefings describing individual invasive species and detailing the relevant techniques to manage them.
 
Infrastructure assets - whole life design and management
This project will produce an “intelligent index” to CIRIA’s suite of Infrastructure Asset Management guides followed by a suite of documents / modules that cover the principal activities and topics associated with the project appraisal, design, manag
 
Lean in construction - implementation support
This project will provide further support to organisations considering the implementation of Lean by providing practical guidance on a number of additional aspects.
 
Delivering green infrastructure along linear assets
This project seeks to produce a range of outputs for clients and planners, highlighting examples of good practice on implementing green infrastructure along the linear infrastructure network and in doing so help share good practice between ...
 
Working with wildlife - supporting effective management on construction projects
This project will update CIRIA’s Working with wildlife: guidance for the construction industry (C691) by reflecting changes in regulation, legislation and development in practice since its publication in 2011
 
Expansion of environmental toolbox talks
CIRIA will liaise with CECA and Build UK to expand the suite of toolbox talks and provide up-to-date, comprehensive guidance and learning tools to the industry.
 
Supporting environmental good practice on site through e-learning
CIRIA is proposing to develop a series of e-learning modules that build on the content of the fourth edition of the Environmental good practice on site guide (C741) and the existing accompanying one-day classroom training course (IEMA approved).
 
Incentivisation and funding for SuDS
This project will scope out and provide guidance on national and international approaches that might support UK SuDS delivery by different stakeholders (including individual and the community).
 
Planning for SuDS - embedding SuDS in the planning process
Following changes to the National Planning Policy Framework this project will support Local Planning Authorities and Lead Local Flood Authorities in developing approaches and policies to enable effective delivery of SuDS.
 
Local Authority SuDS Officer Organisation (LASOO)
This is likely to be a membership organisation with a subscription.
 
Guidance on the inspection and maintenance of SuDS
This project will assess the need for repackaging and representing guidance.
 
Grouted (Ground) Anchors - condition appraisal and remedial treatment
The publication of BS EN 1537:2013 (Execution of special geotechnical works grouted anchors) and revision of BS8081 and EC7, has presented a timely opportunity to produce good practice guidance for the industry.
 
Infrastructure data – signposting of good practice in capture, management and analysis
This new initiative will signpost emerging good practice in the capture, management and analysis of construction and other related data.
 
Managing archaeology in construction - effective management in terrestrial, intertidal and marine...
This project will support the realisation of the benefits that archaeology can bring to projects; building on CIRIA’s current guidance – Archaeology and development - a good practice guide to managing risk and maximising benefit (C672).