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
P3140 - susdrain 2018 - 2020
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
 
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
 
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
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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
 
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).
 
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
 
P3088 - Culverts - design and operation including screens
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
 
P3129 - Gates, valves 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
 
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).
 
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.
 
P3069 - 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
 
P3094 - Quantifying the benefits of off-site construction
This project will quantify the benefits of off-site construction
 
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 project will focus on defects associated with the procurement, design and construction of cast in-situ concrete.
 
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
 
P3087 - Cast in-situ concrete
This project will focus on defects associated with the procurement, design and construction of cast in-situ concrete.
 
3073 - Infrastructure innovation forum
This new initiative will signpost emerging good practice in the capture, management and analysis of construction and other related data.
 
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.
 
P3076 - Brownfield innovative site investigation club
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
 
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.
 
P3130 - E-training for asbestos on soil
This project will develop an e-training programme to support professionals dealing with or managing asbestos in soils.