Projects underway

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The CIRIA projects listed below are currently underway, please select a project for more information.  Alternatively, you can download the latest programme in document form here

 

Community of Practice – Managing construction risk
CIRIA has developed a new Community of Practice focusing on risk management in construction.
 
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.
 
Reinforced cast in situ concrete
Phase 2 of the project is underway now and the focus of the research will be on defects and error associated with reinforced cast in-situ concrete.
 
Update of environmental good practice on site guide
This project will update CIRIA report C741 Environmental good practice on site guide (fourth edition). It will provide up to-date, practical guidance on delivering sustainable construction at the site level by effectively managing a range of envi
 
Repurposing buildings
Developers and owners often require buildings to be upgraded, extended or repurposed, maximising floorspace within constrained programme and cost.
 
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
 
susdrain - the community for SuDS
susdrain is an exciting community that provides up to date guidance, support case studies and photos as well as discussion forums and networking opportunities.
 
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
 
Guidance on the delivery of blue roofs
This project will develop guidance on blue roofs and the delivery of multiple benefits to improve confidence in their specification, design and delivery.
 
Management of gully pots for improved runoff quality
This scoping study will identify the changes in regulation, research, technology and practice that have occurred in the past 20 years with a view to subsequently updating the guide.
 
Integration of non-flood defence structures into the flood defence system
The project will engage with the wide range of third parties concerned, and produce guidance / decision tools for use when approaching such situations in the future.
 
Siphons in dams and other water retaining structures
This project will produce best practice guidance on the design, installation, operation, management and testing of siphons in dams.
 
Thrust blocks on buried pressure pipelines
This project will review and update CIRIA's 1994 guide to the design of thrust blocks for buried pressure pipelines to reflect new materials - particularly polyethylene, practices and changes to standards and codes.
 
Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) for civil structures
CIRIA is developing guidance for civil infrastructure owners and operators, managers and maintainers. The guidance will present the plethora of NDE techniques available in the marketplace, detail their respective strengths and weaknesses and...
 
Geospatial Information Systems for infrastructure asset management RP1123
This project will focus on the available GIS systems and their capability and how this can be integrated into existing asset management strategies.
 
CIRIA Piling Guides – Good practice guidance RP1122
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.
 
A site guide for managing ground gasses
This project will produce a site guide which will explain why the risk management approach is appropriate for the site and how to look after the protection measures after they have been installed and verified e.g. to ensure follow on trade and other
 
Managing archaeology in construction
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).
 
Sustainable management of surplus soils and aggregates
This project looks to develop an interactive document which will look at the site activity in question, contain useful information and highlight areas of common mistakes/confusion.
 
Innovative site investigation hub
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
 
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.
 
NERC Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Programme (ERIIP)
The Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme is a five-year, £5m initiative, which will be driven by the needs of the business community and decision-makers.
 
Marine infrastructure effects – improving coastal biodiversity (CON246)
CIRIA is the network coordinator to help promote and raise awareness of this project in order to maximise its uptake and potential benefits and impact.
 
The UXO Forum
This project has been designed to bring real change to the industry through a series of events and other tools.
 
Application of Eurocode 7 to the design of flood embankments
Eurocode 7 is the EU standard for the design of geotechnical structures. Its use in public sector works became mandatory in EU member states in 2010 and it has been implemented in varying ways by member states.
 
Delivering green infrastructure to enhance the performance of 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 ...
 
Responding to the lessons learnt from flooding
The aim of this project is to provide guidance on how to implement the recommendations contained in the published reports and from other lessons learned.
 
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.