SuDs survey launched

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is running a SuDS survey with the aim of helping SuDS practicioners "overcome the institutional and legislative barriers that they face".

Richard Knight House, London, was part of a 2016 SuDS analysis by CIRIA. Image: Groundwork
Richard Knight House, London, was part of a 2016 SuDS analysis by CIRIA. Image: Groundwork

It, alongside partner ACO Water Management, is calling for those working with SuDS to spend five to 10 minutes on the online survey, which aims to find out more about the many factors stalling uptake or implementation of the systems.

In its introduction to the survey, the ICE says that SuDS can be instrumental in assisting surface water management and mitigating flood risk, with well-documented and wide-ranging benefits.

"The ICE would like to help SuDS practitioners overcome the institutional and legislative barriers that they face. The SuDS survey will gather information about practitioners’ experiences, the projects they have been working on, and the challenges they have faced or overcome. This information will help the ICE support the engineering industry and improve the uptake of SuDS."

The confidential survey runs until 25 January, when results will be reviewed by the ICE’s project steering group. The institute is offering a £50 Amazon voucher in a prize draw to encourage participation.

Construction industry research group CIRIA released updated guidance on SuDS design, construction and maintenance at the end of 2015. Its The Benefits of SuDS Tool (BeST) was also used in a research project last year across three housing estates in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. The trial, run by the council and environmental charity Groundwork, aimed to put a monetary value on adding SuDS to a development.



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