Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP) are an increasingly popular solution for managing stormwater in urban areas as they don’t take up any space. Although they have been successfully used the world over for this purpose, many of the existing installations in South Africa are failing – possibly due to lack of proper environmental control and maintenance. Bio-cells offer a similar solution to PICP – taking up some space but with less risk of failure than PICP. This seminar will consider best practice for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of PICP and bio-retention cells in South Africa drawing on extensive use of both in the USA.
Prof Neil Armitage, PrEng, PhD is Deputy Director of the ‘Future Water’ research institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He was the lead author of the Water Research Commission (WRC) guidelines on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Water Sensitive Design (WSD). He has been leading South African research into the design, construction and maintenance of PICP since 2015.
Prof Ryan Winston, PhD, PE is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at the Ohio State University. He has undertaken extensive research in the design, operation and maintenance of permeable pavements, bio-filters and green infrastructure. He has presented at over 113 stormwater-related workshops in the USA on these topics.
The USA approach to the design and maintenance of PICP and bio-retention cells
The road ahead
This seminar has been sponsored by the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa; free attendance. Register before 10 May 2019 with Ms Kim Liu, by email LXXBOD001@myuct.ac.za (preferably), or phone 076 122 9663. The course is accredited for 0.5 days CPD.