Neil is a researcher at the Urban Water Technology Centre specialising in the operation and management of SUDS. Before joining the Abertay team, he worked in the land management industry as a specialist providing advice on the assessment, adoption and long term management and operation of SUDS. He has managed a large portfolio of sites for the private sector throughout Scotland and England, including simple stand-alone SUDS and complex multi-SUDS sites. His role in the private sector included developing adoption processes for sustainable drainage systems (within the housebuilding sector), implementing long term management processes, site assessment, preparation of maintenance schedules, advising on SUDS design for cost effective maintenance, training and coaching in-house staff and contractors, and delivering workshops.
He joined the Abertay team in 2009 to work on the EU Interreg IVb project Skills Integration and New Technologies. He has since been a co-investigator in the EU MED Project E2STORMED investigating energy savings within the water cycle, contributed to four Centre of Expertise for Water (CREW) projects Urban Diffuse Pollution Control; Implementation of Source Control for SUDS in Scotland; How do we increase public understanding of the benefits provided by water?; and Design and build Guidance for Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems (RSuDS) to collect / intercept field or steading run-off. He is currently working on the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious project: On the Right Tracks - Education and Engineering for All.
Neil is the course tutor and course developer for Abertay’s SUDS Online continuing professional development (CPD) courses; SUDS Concepts and Design Principles, SUDS for Roads, SUDS Operation and Maintenance. He is also the Civil Engineering Placement Tutor, responsible for the organisation, management and delivery of high quality industry placements for students studying Civil Engineering.
In addition to teaching and research Neil provides consultancy advice and training to the public and private sector throughout the UK.
Module Leader EEM399 Civil Engineering Placment (Jan 2016 - Date)
Tutor support for WW1105A Advanced Catchment Planning MSc module (2009 - Date).
SUDS Operation and Management (SOaM) Course Developer and Tutor (2010 - Date).
SUDS for Roads (S4R) Course Developer and Tutor for (2011 - Date).
SUDS Concepts and Design Principles (SUDS CDP) Course Developer and Tutor (2012 - Date).
Development and delivery of SUDS training workshops for local authority, contractors, management agencies and overseas universities (2007 - Date).
Co-investigator 2015; Scottish Government-funded CREW project: Design and build guidance for SRDP related Rural Sustainable Drainage systems (RSuDS) (www.crew.ac.uk).
Co-investigator (for Abertay) 2013 - 2015: EU MED (Mediterranean) Programme: E2STORMED - Improvement in energy efficiency in the water cycle by the use of innovative storm water management in smart Mediterranean countries (www.e2stormed.eu).
Co-investigator 2015; Scottish Government-funded CREW project (HEI/JHI collaboration): How do we increase public understanding of the benefits provided by SuDS (www.crew.ac.uk).
Co-investigator 2013: Scottish Government-funded CREW project (HEI/SUDSWP collaboration): Implementation of Source Control for Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) in Scotland (www.crew.ac.uk).
Co-investigator 2013; Scottish Government-funded CREW project (HEI/JHI collaboration): Urban Diffuse Pollution Control (www.crew.ac.uk).
Co-investigator (for Abertay) 2009 - 2012: Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme: Skills Integration and New Technologies (www.skintwater.eu).
Co-investigator (for Greenbelt Group Ltd) 2007: Scottish Water Investment Planning: Scottish Water SR10 Investment Plan: SUDS Systems.
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Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Ingenious: On the Right Track (Project manager, 2016 - Date)
Using the exciting backdrop of Dundee City's £1 billion Waterfront Regeneration project, On the Right Track: Engineering and Education for All, will bring engineers from research, industry and academia together with school children, teachers and the wider community.
Focusing on the rebuilding of Dundee Railway Station, the project will provide the audience with an opportunity to understand the science and technology behind engineering the build in a real life context - literally from the ground up.
The programme will provide training for the professional engineers, giving them valuable experience in public communication of their work. In addition to schools outreach through a Meet the Expert event, a series of short online videos and web-blogs will be created and hosted on Abertay University Outreach and Public Engagement Network (OPEN) website.
Articles in the local media at key stages of the building of the Railway Station will extend the reach of the project into the heart of the city community. The importance of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and the value of the knowledge and skills of the engineers in the development of the city's built environment will be brought to new and diverse audiences locally and beyond.