We were pleased to attend this year’s Innovyze UK and European Conference in Birmingham over two days, 12th and 13th March.
Following a soggy start thanks to a downpour as soon as we came out of the station (the irony was not lost on us there!), we attended the Sewer, Storm and Flood Modelling stream.
Directors Martin Allitt and Kerry Foster were there, along with two of our graduate hydraulic modellers, Rhitu Ghiri and Hanna Kugachandran, with Hanna presenting in the first technical slot of the day.
Hanna commented ‘I was really pleased to have the opportunity to present at the Innovyze conference as it is an encouraging and friendly forum for a graduate at entry level to take their first steps in public speaking in the industry. Working on the presentation allowed me to draw on various elements of my academic background as well as current projects I’m working on at RAA.’
Hanna’s presentation “Beyond SPR and NewUK: Modelling permeable runoff” looked at and compared different runoff methods and what factors should drive our permeable modelling methodology. The topic was well received with many commenting on how informative Hanna’s presentation was and it also set the scene nicely for a presentation later in the day on Rainfall Runoff Modelling.
The second day of the conference was attended by two members of staff from our Northern Office, John Hilson, Director and Gary Buck, Principal Hydraulic Modeller.
Gary said of the day ‘“I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions on Data and Asset Management. There were a number of presentations focusing on the InfoAsset software range (the new name for InfoNet) that generated interesting discussions. The demonstration of automation using Ruby script was particularly useful as this can also be applied in ICM to save time on repetitive tasks. I’ll be taking away some new ideas to apply in our upcoming project work.“
Thanks to Innovyze for a most useful conference and the chance to catch up with many of our clients and colleagues.