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
P3139 - Development of a consistent SuDS monitoring specification
Following a literature review and engagement with researchers this project will develop a specification for monitoring all SuDS components that provides baseline parameters and characteristics (primarily for hydraulic and water quality performance) t
 
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
 
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.
 
P3172 - Integration of non flood-defence-specific structures into the flood defence line
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
 
P3140 - susdrain 2018 - 2020
The current phase of the susdrain project (website www.susdrain.org and seminars) finishes in September 2018. susdrain provides a platform to share experiences and good practice on SuDS delivery. susdrain is regarded by the UK industry as the most re
 
P2866 - Guidance on the inspection and maintenance of SuDS
This project will assess the need for repackaging and representing guidance.
 
P3084 - Guidance on the delivery of blue roofs
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
 
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
 
P2970 - 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
 
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.
 
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).
 
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...
 
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 of water and wastewater civil infrastructure assets
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.
 
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
 
P3161 Natural slopes – condition, appraisal and remedial treatment
CIRIA guidelines already exist for Infrastructure Cuttings (C591) and Infrastructure Embankments (C592). However, the scope of condition appraisal and remedial treatment of man made slopes differs considerably from that of natural slopes. It is logic
 
P3155 - Construction impact - prediction and assessment of damage from ground movements
Ground movements caused by construction activities such as basement excavation or tunnelling have the potential to cause damage to neighbouring structures or services. This guidance will identify the principal sources of ground movements and the meth
 
P3165 – Geotechnical baseline reporting
GBRs are an established way of managing geotechnical risk for tunnelling projects. They are required for compliance with the joint code of practice for risk management of tunnel works in the UK. The insurance market has a clearer view of risk boundar
 
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.
 
P3066 - 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.
 
P3141 - Delivering green infrastructure to enhance the performance of linear assets - phase 2
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 ...
 
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).
 
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.
 
P3086 - Designing for health in construction
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.
 
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.
 
P3024 - The client's guide to data management frameworks
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
 
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?’
 
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.
 
P3077 - Effective innovative remediation approaches for contaminated land
This project will update C549 explain how to design and implement innovative land remediation technologies using a series of case studies.