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.
Berwick, N. (2016). Sustainable Drainage Systems: Operation and Maintenance. in S.M. Charlesworth & C.A. Booth (eds), Sustainable Surface Water Management: A Handbook for SuDS. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, pp. 45-55.
Duffy, A, Moir, S, Berwick, N, Shabashow, J, D'Arcy, B & Wade, R (2016). Rural sustainable drainage systems: a practical design and build guide for Scotland's farmers and landowners. Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW). Available online at: crew.ac.uk/publications
Duffy. A., Berwick, N., Dello Sterpaio. P., (2015). How do we increase public understanding of the benefits provided by SUDS? CRW2014/14. Online: available from: www.crew.ac.uk
Wade, R., Lundy L., Berwick, N., Fordyce, F., Jefferies, C., & Garcia, E. (2014). Maximising Multiple Benefits From Sustainable Drainage Systems: Identification and Decision Support. 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Sarawak, Malaysia, 7 - 12 September 2014.
Duffy. A., Berwick, N., D’Arcy, B., Wade, R., (2013). Source control SUDS delivery on a global scale and in Scotland including approach by responsible organisations and professional groups, CRWRR006 (CD 2012 27 R2). Available online at: crew.ac.uk/publications
Duffy. A., Berwick, N., D’Arcy, B., Wade, R., Jose, R., (2013). A rapid review of the background to source control SUDS, CRWRR006 (CD 2012 27 R1). Available online at: crew.ac.uk/publications
Wade, R. et.al. and Berwick, N. (2013). A critical review of urban diffuse pollution control: Methodologies to identify sources, pathways and mitigation measures with multiple benefits. CRW2012/1. Available online at: crew.ac.uk/publications
Duffy, A., Berwick, N. and Jefferies, C. (2012). Drainage Improvements to Facilitate the Expansion of Eastern Dunfermline, Scotland. In: SKINT Water Series - Sustainable Urban Water Planning Across Boundaries (de Beer, J., Christensson, A. & Boogaard, F (eds.).
Duffy, A, D’arcy, B., Berwick, N. & Jose, R. (2012). Implementation of Source Control for Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) in Scotland. CRWRR006. Available online at: crew.ac.uk/publications
Boogaard, F., Berwick, N., & Claessen, G. (2011). Understanding water issues requires innovative communication. Sewerage Netherlands. Vol 18, April 2011 pp 21-22.
Jefferies, C., Duffy, A., Berwick, N., McLean, N. and Hemmingway, A. (2009). Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) Treatment Train Assessment Tool. Water Science and Technology Vol 60 No 5 pp 1233–1240.
Jefferies, C., Duffy, A., Berwick, N., McLean, N. and Hemmingway, A. (2008). SUDS Treatment Train Assessment Tool. 11th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Edinburgh, 2008.
Academic Knowledge Exchange
Consultancy & Contract:
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.