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Q&A with Chris Patmore: Expert insights from our Hydrology team

Hear insights and expertise from our new Technical Director, Chris, as he delves into the world of hydrology and flood management.

18 March 2024 | 2 min read

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Chris Patmore

The vision for the Hydrology team

What attracted you to join RPS?

Its ethos and people, many of whom I have worked alongside for many years

What are you excited to work on in your new position?

My aim is to broaden our delivery to developers in front end drainage and flood risk. With Schedule 3 (perhaps) just around the corner for England, I hope to share my experience working with wider teams across the business. 

How will you collaborate with colleagues within RPS to ensure a holistic approach to flood management?

The open approach that permeates within our teams emphasises sharing ideas and collaboration as the key. SuDS are not a one-discipline solution and will require cross-discipline collaboration. 

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How do you stay up-to-date with advancements and best practices?

As well as being a Chartered environmentalist and a member of several professional bodies, my work with CIRIA and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) allows me to network with water environment leaders. 

What are the biggest challenges facing the field of flood management?

The implementation of Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 will be a large step change in surface water management in England, but the industry faces many challenges in resourcing and funding. The introduction of Biodiversity Net Gain presents an interesting opportunity for more holistic flood management solutions. 

What role does hydrology play in understanding and managing floods?

Hydrology is one of the cornerstones in understanding flood risk and ultimately managing surface water and flooding. It sets up the baseline and allows various scenarios to be modelled and tested. 

What are the key components of a comprehensive flood management plan?

Higher data resolution improves the quality of modelling and the development of solutions. This includes topographical, utility, and infrastructure data, as well as historical rainfall and flooding events. Adjusting this data results in a more accurate model of the existing situation, replicating historic events and allowing testing against predicted events. This enables the examination of solution options and measures. Stakeholders can then share and develop these options to explore funding and delivery mechanisms. Securing buy-in from as many stakeholders as possible is crucial for successful outcomes. 

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