Douglas Swinbanks

Principal Flood Risk Engineer and Hydrologist | MEng

I’m a Principal Flood Risk Engineer and Hydrologist based in Edinburgh. Specialist Subject: Scotland Policy and Integrated Catchment Modelling.

I graduated from Heriot Watt University with a MEng degree in Civil Engineering and have experience working on both small and large scale developments – including delivering flood risk assessments, detailed surface water management plans, river restoration studies and flood defence schemes.

I was involved in the Oban Flood Risk Management Study in Argyll and Bute, which assessed flooding from fluvial, pluvial and coastal sources in the development of a Flood Risk Management plan. The key role, as technical head and project manager, involved taking full responsibility for the development of a 1D-2D fluvial model of the 2 main watercourses through the town, as well as the creation of a comprehensive and effective Surface Water Management Plan. I was also involved in organising and presenting at several stakeholder and public engagement sessions.

I was responsible for the detailed design and delivery of the surface water/SuDS drainage system for the 3000+ home development near Stirling, which at the time was the largest development to be approved in Scotland in a single sitting. My involvement began from the project’s inception, and progressed the outline design right through to a detailed stage which included extensive MicroDrainage modelling of both above and below ground surface water drainage elements for a site in excess of 590 acres. I also provided the relevant maintenance schedules, treatment measures and the overall on-site attenuation storage, all in line with the appropriate guidance and legislation.

Additionally, I have helped a wide range of clients throughout Scotland gain planning approval for small and medium size developments which have required a Flood Risk Assessment, Surface Water Management Plan or Hydrological Assessment, and I would be more than happy to discuss any project with you that requires hydrology assistance.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing rugby (although very much entering my twilight years!) and heading back home to the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland for a day’s fishing.

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