Peter Chalk Centre

University of Exeter

Stocker Road

Exeter

EX4 4QD

Tel: +44 (0)1392 263637

E-mail: CCWI2019@exeter.ac.uk 

17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference

1st - 4th September 2019
University of Exeter, UK
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Technical Tours & Cultural Visit
Tuesday 3rd September

Three technical tour options are available for seeing the state-of-the-art technology applications in the latest practical water asset management 

  • Tour of Exeter Flood Defence Scheme

  • Visit to Flood Forecasting Centre and Met Office

  • Tour of South West Water's Countess Wear Waste Water Treatment Works

A cultural visit will help you explore the beauty and history of Exeter 

Or perhaps stay on our beautiful campus to participate in a stimulating workshop

Tour of Exeter Flood Defence Scheme in partnership with Jacobs

  • The Exeter Flood Defence Scheme represents £30 million of improvements to flood defences and wetland habitat along the River Exe.

  • The scheme has delivered flood protection to over 4000 properties, achieving increased flood defence from a 1 in 40 year event through to above a 100 year return period whilst managing multiple objectives from a diverse range of stakeholders.

  • The scheme is constructed of raised flood defences over a 7km reach of the River Exe and five separate areas of freshwater wetland habitat. These features are augmented by a number of innovative defences including floodgates, demountable barriers, flow control structures and glass parapets.

  • This tour is led by engineers from Jacobs who have been responsible for technical leadership and close support to a large and diverse group of local stakeholders from project planning through to delivery.

  • Note: The coach for this tour will depart from the Peter Chalk Centre at 15:30.  This is a walking tour which may involve steps, slopes and steep or rough ground.  The tour guides will do all they can to make tours accessible to everyone so please contact us before the tour to discuss the suitability for your individual needs. Sensible footwear (no open toes or flip flops) and appropriate clothing/ sunscreen is recommended.

Flood Forecasting Centre and Met Office

  • The Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) is a partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office. It was set up following the summer flooding in 2007 and the Pitt Review, which recommended the two organisations work together to provide a complete picture of flood risk and longer lead times. It is the first operational hydrometeorology unit in the UK.

  • Adjacent to the FFC is the Hazard Centre. The Hazard Centre was established in April 2011 to offer advice, forecasts and warnings around a wide range of natural hazards, both weather and non-weather related. It also hosts, what will become, the first operational space weather prediction centre outside America.

  • The FFC and Hazard Centre are both based in the Met Office Operations Centre in Exeter and this session will provide an insight into what happens on a day-to-day operational basis and how our customers use the products and service.

  • Note: The coach for this tour will depart from the Peter Chalk Centre at 15:30.  The Met Office will require all delegates to provide personal data in advance of the visit for security checks, as follows: full name; organisation/affiliation; job title; nationality; date of birth; town/city of birth; passport number.  Passport must be brought on day.

South West Water Countess Wear Waste Water Treatment Works

  • There has been some form of sewage treatment on the Countess Wear site for nearly 200 years.  The majority of the existing treatment works was constructed during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, and is consented to fully treat 981 litres per second (l/s).  Sewage for Exeter and the surrounding areas is transferred to the works through a series of gravity and pumped flow sewer systems.  The tour will provide an overview of how the sewage is treated at the works and then returned to the natural water cycle.

  • Note: The coach for this tour will depart from the Peter Chalk Centre at 15:30.  Sensible footwear essential (no open toes or flip flops).

Cultural Visit
A guided historical tour of Exeter

  • Exeter's Underground Passages
    The tour starts with a visit to Exeter’s Underground Passages, the only passages of this type open to the public in Britain! The passages were originally built to house drinking water pipes into medieval Exeter and now extend beneath the City Centre, revealing much about Exeter’s development and past.

  • Exeter Red Coat Tour
    The tour will then be met by local historians (The Exeter Red Coats) who will guide the group on a walking tour of the City.

  • Exeter Cathedral
    This historic tour includes the history and origins of Exeter Cathedral and the development and expansion of Southernhay’s Georgian houses. 

  • Exeter Custom House
    The tour will descend to the River Exe Quayside to learn about the City’s maritime past. The tour will conclude at Exeter Quayside, which is an excellent location to enjoy the late summer sun by the River Exe in one of the many pubs or tea shops. 

  • Note: A place on the cultural visit will be allocated automatically to registered accompanying persons.  The coach for this tour will depart from the Peter Chalk Centre at 13:30.  Delegates booked on this tour can choose to make your own way to the Underground Passages, but please arrive there by 13:50.  


This is a walking tour which may include steps, slopes and steep or rough ground.  The Red Coat Guides will do all they can to make tours accessible to all, so please speak to your guide before the tour to discuss the suitability for your individual needs. Sensible footwear and appropriate clothing/ sunscreen is recommended. Full details are available here: https://exeter.gov.uk/guidedtours/  


The Underground Passages are medieval tunnels designed to bring clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city. Although they are vaulted and well lit, the Passages are narrow and low in places with uneven floors, therefore unsuitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia. Wheelchair access is restricted to the exhibition space only. Full details are available here: https://exeter.gov.uk/passages/

Further Information

  • Coaches will be provided for all tours and will depart from and return to the Peter Chalk Centre. 

  • The cultural visit coach will depart at 13:30.  Technical tours will leave promptly at 15:30. All tours are scheduled to arrive back on campus at approximately 18:00-18:15.

  • Some tours are walking tours, which may involve steps, slopes, steep or rough ground, or enclosed spaces.  Suitable footwear and appropriate clothing/sunscreen is recommended.  Please see individual tour details above for specific requirements.

  • Please note: tour places are limited and it may not be possible for you to join your tour or workshop of choice.