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Tuesday, 1 Nov 2016 (revised date: Sunday, 4 Dec 2016)
Tony Hines

We will meet this Wednesday 7th December at 3pm for what promises to be an informative and exciting event - C.U. There!
Book your place below if you have not already.




Venue and timing: Wednesday 07/12/2016 15:00 to 18:00 at the University of Chester, Warrington Campus

Our next event takes place on 7th December 2016 (15.00 TO 18.00 in the Lance Dobson Lecture Theatre, at the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester. Follow the attached link for directions.


We have three excellent speakers. Detailed summaries of their talks are given below.

To book your place follow the attached link


Important information: Please note places are limited to 40 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If when you book you find that all places have gone please email and we will put you on a reserve list should places become available.

Liam Garvey, United Utilities, on "How we manage the regional water system"

Richard C. Thompson, Sellafield Ltd, on "Site Evacuation Planning"

Marc Goerigk, Dept. Management Science, Lancaster University, on " Emergency Evacuation Planning "


How we manage the regional water system – Liam Garvey, United Utilities


There are three areas I will focus on to discuss how we manage the regional water system which are:

  1. How we manage the regional water system – Overview of the regional system
  2. How we assess impacts of planned and unplanned  events on our assets (using modelling) -
  3. How we adapted during the storms of last year to keep supplies flowing to our customers

Liam Garvey BSc (Hons), MSc, MIWater. Worked for United Utilities for 19 years in several operational roles covering water supply (local network level), trade effluent management, wastewater treatment, incident management / response and  more recently the regional water system.


Simulation Modelling in Emergency Planning- Richard Thompson, Head of OR at Sellafield

The purpose of this work was to provide a means to analyse the efficiency and effectiveness of various site evacuation scenarios under controlled release conditions, in events such as extreme weather etc. With a potential headcount of up to 11,000 personnel on site at peak times, having confidence in any remediation strategy is key to being able to examine and refine safety policies. The EMIP model has provided a tool which enables the effectiveness of evacuation strategies and plans, looking in detail at the impact on traffic flow, personnel transit times and the interface between site infrastructure and public roads.

Richard Thompson, Head of OR at Sellafield, originally started at Sellafield in 1990 as an apprentice and has moved through various areas of the business since then, including some time outside of Sellafield in Commissioning Management. Richard has worked in OR for the last 10 years, leading a team of 15 analysts and supporting the business through provision of its decision support capability  

Optimisation Methods for Evacuation Planning - Marc Goerigk, Lancaster University

To prepare for an evacuation, optmisation models can give valuable insight and decision support to keep evacuation times as small as possible. In this talk I give a broad overview of methods and successful applications of this kind. In particular, as it is never clear what the future might bring, methods to handle data uncertainty are discussed.

Marc Goerigk is a Lecturer in the Department of Management Science at Lancaster University. He studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Göttingen, where he also completed his PhD in applied mathematics in 2012. From 2012 to 2015, he worked as a Post-Doc at the University of Kaiserslautern. Besides disaster management, his research interests include robust optimisation and public transportation problems.