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)
 
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
 
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.
 
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.
 
P3205 - susdrain 2020 - 2022
This project will focus the next phase (2020-2022) of the susdrain project. Supporting those involved in the delivery of high quality SuDS schemes.
 
P2866 - Guidance on the inspection and maintenance of SuDS
This project will assess the need for repackaging and representing guidance.
 
P3216 - Eco-engineering: Greening waterside infrastructure
This project investigates how to use eco-engineering on waterside infrastructure, particularly in coastal and riverside regions.
 
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
 
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.
 
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
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
P3181 Earth observation and InSAR technology for civil infrastructure
CIRIA will deliver a civil infrastructure stakeholder consultation roundtable to identify industry requirements of InSAR technology, develop an understanding of InSAR use for civil infrastructure, and support the development of good practices.
 
P3136 Deterioration modelling maturity assessment tool for water and energy distribution infrastruct
CIRIA will develop an interactive maturity assessment tool and guidance that encourages asset owning/managing organisations to evaluate their maturity in deterioration modelling of water infrastructure.
 
P3198 CIRIA Piling Guides – Good practice guidance
CIRIA proposes to undertake research to produce a new suite of guides covering the techniques, plant and equipment and materials of today. The intention is to produce a second generation of these guides building on the success of the earlier guides.
 
P3128 - 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
 
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.
 
P3156 - Engineering with geosynthetics
Both economic and technical benefits can be achieved using geotextiles as engineered solutions but cost savings have largely encouraged their use and further development...
 
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.
 
Effective management of environmental issues in facilities management
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.
 
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).
 
P3089 - Innovative technologies in civil engineering
This workshop aims to bring together clients and their supply chains to discuss the application and experience of a number of digital technologies.
 
P3166 - Geospatial Information Systems for infrastructure asset management
This project will focus on the available GIS systems and their capability and how this can be integrated into existing asset management strategies.
 
P3231 - Repurposing buildings
Developers and owners often require buildings to be upgraded, extended or repurposed, maximising floorspace within constrained programme and cost.
 
P3073 - Infrastructure innovation forum
This new initiative will signpost emerging good practice in the capture, management and analysis of construction and other related data.
 
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?’
 
P3185 A site guide for managing ground gas protection systems
Hazardous ground gases can cause serious problems to residential, industrial and commercial developments. However there are still cases where such systems were not installed or managed properly, this is partly because some of these documents are big
 
P3131 - Perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) in brownfield sites
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.
 
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