Graduate shares new-found knowledge

The CIWEM Urban Drainage Group Annual Autumn Conference took place in Birmingham from 8–10 November. Along with many great speakers and workshops, the event included the opportunity for professionals with under four years’ experience to present a poster.

The Adam Dean Award focuses on those starting out in their career, encouraging them to talk with and present to their peers across the industry to share their knowledge and expertise.

The application consisted of a 200-word summary within a poster covering the topics below.

-Demonstrate a clear understanding of the project’s needs and benefits to clients, the environment or communities

-Show understanding of technical challenges and/or any innovation

-Outline the individual’s direct contribution to the project

-Explain what the individual gained from their involvement and how they will apply this in their career

-Demonstrate a clear understanding of the project’s needs and benefit

We are very proud of our graduate network modeller Anusaanth Kamalanathan, who was a finalist for this prestigious award. Anu enjoyed the experience of presenting, commenting, “I had a great time networking with talented professionals and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone to present my work to industry experts. The event gave me an excellent insight into the future of the water industry, and I really appreciate being a part of it.”

Anu's poster presentation

Anu presented on the New Plymouth District Council wastewater model build and calibration. New Plymouth in New Zealand experiences significant wet weather inflow and infiltration that exceed the capacity of the wastewater system. Anu was tasked with calibrating one of the models. He undertook both the dry and the wet weather calibration against results from 30 monitors and investigated the impact of seasonal variation in infiltration. Anu created a calibrated model suitable for predicting flooding and surcharging across the system. The impact of growth across the catchment is now understood, and there are options to reduce spills into watercourses. Working on the project has contributed to Anu’s development and understanding of network modelling. He has gained proficiency with the software and benefitted from working with a global client. Anu’s work was well received by the client, and he really enjoyed contributing to the overall project team.

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