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Micro Drainage appoints new research and innovation head

Micro Drainage, developer of industry-standard drainage design and modelling suite WinDes, has appointed David Fortune as head of research and innovation.

Fortune joins from his role as MWH Soft director of product innovation. MWH Soft was formerly Wallingford Software, HR Wallingford Group.

“Micro Drainage has an unrivalled reputation for the service, support and guidance it provides to its customers,” said Fortune. “Joining such a successful, dynamic and visionary team on the eve of their globalisation plans is a fantastic opportunity, especially at a time when many companies are consolidating or contracting.

Micro Drainage managing director Jane Middleton said the appointment is a key step in the company’s programme of international expansion.

“The company’s vision for globalisation is being achieved through our strategy of attracting, developing and rewarding great people.”

Jane Middleton, Micro Drainage

“David brings extensive international experience to the team,” she said, “as well as a distinguished track record in the UK industry. The company’s vision for globalisation is being achieved through our strategy of attracting, developing and rewarding great people.”

Fortune said: “The company’s culture to invest, research and innovate, such as the recent work on green roofs with Sheffield University, has resulted in groundbreaking technology being integrated into WinDes W.12.

“This practical application of innovative ideas allows WinDes users to deliver more for less, and to prepare systems that meet and exceed the continuously evolving regulatory requirements.”

After more than ten years in the design and development of military systems, Fortune moved to Logica Utilities to pursue a career in the emerging civil technology industry. He joined HR Wallingford Group in 1996, where he led the development of some of the industry’s leading modelling systems.

He is a founding member of The OpenMI Association, the community that promotes and develops integrated environmental modelling solutions worldwide.

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