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NCE100 Company Profile | HR Wallingford

Malaysia flood damage to infrastructure

HR Wallingford provides water and water environment advice worldwide.

HR Wallingford has been providing analysis and advice in the management of water and the water environment, across freshwater and marine sectors, for over 70 years. The independent research and consultancy business prides itself on its technical excellence and expert staff, many of whom are international authorities in their field. Facilities include state of the art physical modelling laboratories and ship simulation, together with a suite of advanced numerical modelling tools.

Best practice

The company advances industry best practice in assessing and mapping flood risk, as well as solving site-specific problems.  HR Wallingford led the first national assessment of climate-related risks for the UK Government, and the development of new projections of water availability to inform the second Climate Change Risk Assessment.

Within the £16M MK:Smart project which is developing Milton Keynes as a smart city, HR Wallingford has led the work on water, working with Anglian Water, BT and the OU developing a smart water management system to improve water efficiency and support sustainable development.  

HR Wallingford’s extensive experience of river basins has been critical to the realisation of a project in Malaysia where floods cause widespread disruption for communities, business and critical infrastructure, and where rapid urban growth also modifies rivers’ flow regimes and flooding mechanisms.

The company’s engineers are working with the Malaysian government’s Department of Irrigation and Drainage to develop a new National Flood Forecasting and Warning System, including an effective, integrated flood forecasting and river monitoring system.

Solving problems

The organisation’s research helps policy makers, water companies and developers around the world solve water management problems, from meeting environmental regulations, and adapting to climate change, to solving water access problems in developing countries.  A key focus is to help the wider industry take up and exploit new knowledge, which is done by taking knowledge developed in the academic sector and helping transfer it into tools and technology that can be used in practice.

The company provides technical consultancy services for the design of maritime projects including ports, harbours, and coastal developments, from initial planning and feasibility studies through to detailed design, construction and operation. HR Wallingford also offers specialist planning, design and engineering services for the global energy industry, allowing developers to understand and manage water-based risks at every stage of a project’s lifecycle.

  • Produced in association with HR Wallingford


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