For over 50 years,
HR Wallingford has been a leading European centre for
research and the application of knowledge in all aspects
of water management and engineering in river catchments,
estuaries, coasts and offshore.
Over recent years, the Company has won substantial programmes
of research relating to water engineering and water
policy from the European Commission, UK Government Departments
and Environment Agency.
Several large-scale international research facilities
are located at HR Wallingford, and the Company is also
at the forefront of the application of advanced computational
methods for the simulation of the natural water environment.
The Company's research is applied through its complementary
provision of practical advice and project-specific studies
for a wide spectrum of international clients. HR Wallingford
supports the European Commission's objectives through
participation in EC programmes of research, international
co-operation and exchange of researchers. The Company
actively shares its knowledge and resources with many
universities and a wide range of industrial partners
from all countries of the European Union.
HR Wallingford is an independent research
and technology organisation, constituted as a non-profit-distributing
Scientific Research Association. Any internally generated
surpluses are reinvested into future research for the
benefit of the water and environment sector. The Company
employs approximately 200 staff, including recognised
international experts with complementary academic appointments
and over 70 scientists with post-graduate qualifications.
Its extensive laboratory and computing facilities are
based on a 36-hectare science park site at Wallingford,
near the historic University City of Oxford and with
easy access to London and its major airports.
W Morris BEng CEng MICE MCIWEM (Project Co-ordinator)
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Mark Morris is a Civil Engineer with over 14 years experience
of undertaking consultancy and applied research projects
in the water industry for HR Wallingford. This provides
considerable relevant experience for the IMPACT project.
Amongst projects, he has applied rapid assessment methods
to assess the impacts of the catastrophic failure of
dam structures within the UK and to prioritise further
investigation. He has undertaken detailed dambreak modelling
to predict potential flood flows and depths in urban
areas and also research on the breaching of tidal embankments.
He has also undertaken many safety assessments in the
UK for structures potentially at risk from scour.
He was the Co-ordinator of the EC funded CADAM project
which examined the risks of dam failure and dambreak
modelling across Europe and has recently completed further
projects establishing risk management procedures for
dam safety in the UK and authoring a book on construction
risk in river and estuary engineering. He is an active
committee member of the British Dam Society (UKCOLD).
P G Samuels CEng CMath, FIMA, MICE MCIWEM
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Paul Samuels trained as an engineer and mathematician
and has 25 years of experience in the fields of river
management and computational hydraulics. He has undertaken
strategy and feasibility studies, detailed appraisals
of flood defence works, and, critical reviews. He has
international consultancy experience in flood hydrology,
hydraulic modelling of rivers, and project feasibility
level design. He has provided expert evidence in Parliament
and Court including a case on dam failure. His research
topics have included 1-D, 2-D and 3-D computational
models of river hydrodynamics; benchmarking and calibration
criteria for river models; the accuracy in practice
of river models; dam failure; hydrological risk and
climate change impacts.
He was the co-ordinator of the EC RIBAMOD Concerted
Action, he has participated in CADAM and he is co-ordinator
for EUROTAS, an EC research project on flood risk. He
has supervised six PhD research projects to completion
and has produced over 100 publications.
Ahmed Ali Mohamed Hassan BSc. MSc
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Mohamed Hassan has undertaken a range of fluvial hydraulics
and engineering work since graduation in 1991. Project
work has included structural design, construction supervision,
water data management and in recent years a focus on
dambreak analysis and simulation of breach formation.
Mohamed undertook an MSc in hydroinformatics through
IHE Delft and HR Wallingford, and subsequently a PhD
on breach modelling through HR Wallingford. Within the
IMPACT project Mohamed will be responsible for undertaking
physical and numerical modelling of breach formation
and management of data for the validation and comparison
of breach model performance.