21 April 2016
QMUL Geography graduate, Vinicius Delboni who completed an MSc Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments (IMFE) degree in 2015, was awarded a prize by the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators (WCWC) earlier this week for his excellent dissertation.
Vini’s project title was ‘Investigating the hydraulic effects of large wood using a blockage ratio approach’. The project was developed in collaboration with the Environment Agency and used a 1D hydraulic model to explore the hydraulic effects of large wood features (installed for habitat improvement) on the River Blackwater, Hampshire. It was awarded a very high distinction grade (80%). Vini used Flood Modeller software, produced by global environmental consultancy firm CH2M. He secured a job as a Graduate Water Engineer with CH2M in early 2016, and his research forms part of a 4-year MSc research collaboration with the Environment Agency which has directly fed into EA activities e.g. featured case study in the Thames draft River Basin Management Plan used to inform EA guidance on working with wood.
The WCWC provide very important support for IMFE students at the School of Geography at QMUL, through their Universities Programme, by providing bursaries and support for dissertation research costs. Vinicius was awarded his prize (an engraved commemorative jug and certificate) by the Master of the WCWC, Peter Hall.
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