Award recognises industry leading urban drainage expertise
Monday, November 16, 2015
Richard Kellagher, the creator of UKSuds.com, has been awarded CIWEM’s 2015 WaPUG Prize, in recognition of the significant and lasting contribution he has made in the field of urban drainage.
Richard, a technical director at HR Wallingford, was presented with the prize in November at CIWEM’s Urban Drainage Group annual autumn conference. The WaPUG Prize is awarded in recognition of significant contributions to enhancing, promoting or applying knowledge in the sphere of urban drainage over a sustained period of time, or contributions to a step change in industry practice.
Andrew Brown, business development director at HR Wallingford, said: “Over many years Richard has pushed forward best practice and science in a number of areas of urban drainage including that of SuDS. Not only is he at the forefront of many of the complex issues associated with surface water management, he has also demonstrated his ability to serve the industry in providing pragmatic tools such as those on the UKsuds web site which assist developers and planners develop drainage solutions. We are delighted to see Richard’s passion and dedication acknowledged with the award of this prestigious prize.”
Richard’s 30-year career in the field of urban drainage has gone beyond the routine and into the development of knowledge and new techniques, the setting of standards and defining new design and analysis methods. Examples of Richard’s wide ranging interests include the development of a new urban rainfall runoff model for simulation modelling, developing a new methodology for producing continuous rainfall data to assess the impact of climate change on drainage systems, author of the hydraulic aspects of the new SuDS Manual, and defining the design criteria in the British Standard (BS8515) on the use of rainwater harvesting for surface water runoff control.