Urban Water Technology Centre (UWTC) has been established since
August 1993 within the School
of Contemporary Sciences at the University
of Abertay Dundee . It developed from the activities of a group
of staff carrying out research and consultancy work associated with
wastewater and environmental management. This has resulted in valuable
links being established between academia and industry, which continue
to be expanded and reinforced.
The Centre is also fortunate in that it can obtain support from
other specialists within the School and elsewhere in the University,
for example chemistry, computing, microbiology and electronics,
as well as a broad range of civil and environmental engineers.
The Centre's stated mission is to provide a service to the water
industry (in the UK and overseas) in three main areas: research,
academic and consultancy. In the many projects carried out to date
the Centre has been highly successful in combining academic skills
with commercial expertise. A broad range of clients have approached
the Centre for advice and assistance including water companies and
authorities, local authorities, manufacturers and private sector
companies involved in the construction and civil engineering industry.
Typically the Centre has a turnover of some £0.3M per annum.
The Centre operates from new, purpose built offices on the fifth
floor of the main University, which contains open plan office space
for all staff. Access to well equipped laboratories is available
for a range of physical, chemical and biological testing of samples.
As a direct result of work carried out our staff have particular
expertise in solids and processes in sewer systems, in design and
operation of sewage overflows, the application of best management
practices to urban drainage systems, wastewater treatment systems,
interactions between sewers and treatment plants and sustainability
issues, and the monitoring of sewage and sludge with respect to
quality as well as quantity. The ability to undertake certain projects
is dependent upon support staff and the Centre is fortunate in having
well equipped, trained and accredited dedicated field and survey
David Blackwood has established a reputation in decision
support systems for addressing environmental management issues,
particularly with Local Authorities. Dr Joe Akunna specialises
in the treatment of waste waters, particularly where there are problems
of high nutrient loads. He is also working on modelling of
the gas production from low density landfills. Dr Rebecca Wade
is responsible for the management of SUDSnet and was recently
successful in establishing ISSUES, which is funded by three research
councils and is organising six workshops on the integration of sciences
to sustain urban ecosystem services. Mr Daniel Gilmour specialises in sustainability assessment, decision support and public participation in decision making, in particular, on the enhancement of sustainability in the built and natural environment. Professor Chris Jefferies is recognised internationally
for his experience in the planning, design, operation and maintenance
of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS). He is actively involved
with and maintains a high profile for the Centre within international
and national bodies.