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. 

Proposals by theme: 
Water, flooding, coastal and marine engineering
Infrastructure, civil and ground engineering
Environment and sustainability
Building construction, process and technology
Contaminated land
P3199 - Scour at bridges and other hydraulic structures phase 2 - database extension
This project will review recent experience and research and capture this information in a supplement to CIRIA's existing manual on scour at bridges and other hydraulic structures C742 (2015)
 
P3139 - Development of a consistent SuDS monitoring specification
This project will develop a specification for monitoring all SuDS components that provide baseline parameters and characteristics to enable robust and consistent comparisons.
 
P3204 - Sea outfalls - inspection, assessment and repair
This project will produce an operators guide on the need for and the procurement or execution of survey and inspection activities together with associated repair and modifications.
 
P3083 - 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
 
P3235 - Enabling community maintenance for FRM infrastructure
This project will explore approaches to enable and empower local community groups to undertake appropriate and routine maintenance of local flood risk management infrastructure
 
P3256 - Scoping the SuDS Manual update
This proposal will produce a scoping report detailing which sections of the SuDS Manual should be updated, how it should be refocused and restructured, and what information should be included.
 
P3216 - Eco-engineering: Greening coastal infrastructure
This project investigates how to use eco-engineering on waterside infrastructure, particularly in coastal and riverside regions.
 
P2866 - Guidance on the inspection and maintenance of SuDS
This project will assess the need for repackaging and representing guidance.
 
P3137 - Making B£ST better - improving functionality
This proposal sets out to develop guidance on blue roofs and the delivery of multiple benefits to improve confidence in their specification, design and delivery.
 
P3138 - Presenting the evidence base on SuDS performance
This project will collate previous literature reviews, information summarised as part of the SuDS Manual update (2015), and where relevant review other international databases as well as undertake engagement with UK universities to obtain relevant pe
 
P3043 - 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).
 
P3142 - SuDS adoption hierarchy and framework
This project will build on the SuDS Adoption and maintenance options (2015) fact sheet developed for susdrain by Arup. The guidance will explain current approaches for SuDS adoption, include case studies, provide some critical success factors in maki
 
P3085 - 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.
 
P3212 - Containment systems for pollution control - Phase 2
This project will produce a supplement guide to C736, drawing on the past six years worth of experience in the inspection, upgrading and repair of containment structures.
 
P3219 - Asset management of blue green infrastructure – guiding principles
This proposal sets out to develop an asset management framework document for the efficient management of blue green infrastructure.
 
P2802 - 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.
 
P3255 - Getting SuDS right from the start
This project will provide principles for the cost-effective integration of SuDS within developments that makes efficient use of available land and informs the earliest stages of the development process.
 
P3167 - Transport infrastructure materials series
CIRIA propose a programme of collaborative activities covering road and rail civil engineering structures, developments in infrastructure materials and whole-life infrastructure asset management practices.
 
P3217 - Tunnel management advances since C671 – good practice guidance
This guide will enable asset owners to have a trusted practical guide that can support technical and commercial decision making, especially upon increasing tunnel asset stocks and aging underground infrastructure.
 
P3164 - European Protected Species Policy
This project will review experience and lessons learned from the application of the different licencing approaches presented by the new European Protected Species Regulations. The project will gather evidence on successful innovative implementation o
 
P3055 -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
 
P3059 - Management of invasive species - update of CIRIA guidance
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.
 
P3321 Driving Net Zero Carbon - Community of Practice
This new initiative brings together sustainability practitioners from across multiple sectors and disciplines within infrastructure to help the Government drive the pathways to NZC 2050 .
 
P2968 - 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).
 
P3238 - Offsite construction - concept design and delivery
This project will deliver guidance to support initial concept planning for offsite construction, which could then be developed into a scheme design. The guide will show what is possible and what is available in the market place when an offsite soluti
 
Construction Innovation Alliance
Formed in 2019, this community of practice of infrastructure clients and Tier 1 suppliers has been sharing knowledge, experiences and approaches through baselining surveys, discussion workshops and information papers.
 
P3131 - Perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) in soil and water environments
This project will produce guidance to improve awareness and understanding of PFAS and legislations, helping practitioners to understand their responsibilities and liabilities as well as support them in managing risk.
 
P3177 Extreme climate incidents and contaminated land interest group
The question is ‘Will extreme climate incidents have any impact on the way that we currently reuse brownfield sites particularly those that are contaminated?’
 
P3254 - A client’s guide for managing ground gases in modular buildings
This project will produce a short guide highlighting: how ground gas will affect the design and construction of foundation, drainage and other underground structures in modular buildings.
 
P3190 eTraining for hazardous ground gas
Hazardous ground gases is a major problems to many brownfield sites. However it is probably an area where there are many guidance and training available.
 
P3202 - Good practice on the use of geophysics in site investigation
Practitioners need to keep up to date with the latest developments, and clients look for case studies that will allow them to have confidence in the geophysics techniques that are and can be useful (if so which ones) for their projects and meet thei
 
P3222 - Community of practice - Sustainable management of soil
This project will create a community of practice which will undertake a number of activities to support long term good practice in the sustainable management of soil.