Onstructed subsurface wetlands for storm water management: UK and US

Project title chosen: Constructed subsurface wetlands for storm water management: UK and US



To develop an appreciation of the water sector in the UK and US, in relation to civil engineering and water and environmental management.

Learning Outcomes

1. to appreciate how technology has transformed the ways that some organisations operate
2. to appreciate that some industries/companies/organisations have not yet fully embraced and grasped the benefits obtained from current technologies
3. to develop a framework for later research into the up-coming applications of technology in industry and consulting
4. to develop an ability to source and research specialist journals


To undertake through research into the recent trends and approaches in the UK/US water industry.


You are to research and analyse the varying approaches in the Water Industry, Consulting or Organisations in general. You will use valid examples to highlight the scope and value of the support gained. You are expected to synthesize current scope, responsibilities, and resources.
You will be expected to enhance your submission by discussing the future developments that may be upcoming, challenges, and how you think the water industry, in the future, will achieve a greater efficiency and higher quality levels.
Remember to structure your report with an introduction (which includes motivation, objectives and methods), main body (presenting findings, synthesis of results, and discussion on advances and remaining challenges) and conclusions (relative to objectives, plus recommendations).


A typewritten report (not exceeding 1500 words, plus appendices with e.g. data) is to be submitted.

Referencing Requirements:

Include in the additional appendix all material from recently (2007 onwards) published research on the topics that you have used to support the written submission. You need to base your search on the following search engines, in descending order of priority: Scopus and Compendex/EngineeringVillage2, plus Web of Knowledge (all 3 available via UoG campus web), and finally (dont start here), Google Scholar. (If you dont know how to use them, contact Library)

Overall, the topics are related to the recent Flood & Water Act (2010) and the general push towards more sustainable drainage, via Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS).
For each topic, do a literature search on: recent research advances (peer-reviewed journals via search engines mentioned above, also conference proceedings); UK policy directives and standards (e.g. England & Wales, Scotland, Ireland; Kent, London authorities; Environment Agency; Defra; Ciria; charities and NGOs); industry (e.g. WaterUK, Thames Water, Southern Water; reports also available via Compendex/EngineeringVillage2 at library search engine links); universities (e.g. Sheffield, Exeter, Herriot-Watt, Leeds, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maryland, Washington); international organisations (e.g. US EPA, US city agencies such as Portland, Oregon; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources); EU organisations; and most importantly, performance as well as advantages and limitations (check assessments by standard agencies as well as papers and local authorities e.g. Cambridgeshire in UK, and international e.g. USEPA) demonstrated by the specific topic chosen from below list:

Constructed subsurface wetlands for storm water management: UK and US