Dr Neil Williams - AECOM

Expertise: 
Consultant
Activities: 
Fluvial geomorphology
River design and restoration
Channel adjustment - prediction, modelling, risk management
Sediment transport - coarse and fine sediment, catchment erosion, channel scour, sedimentation, linking catchment uses and aquatic ecology, physical habitat design
Water Framework Directive and Biodiversity Net Gain
Projects: 
River Eye SSSI Restoration Detailed Designs (Completed Date: Jan 2021)

The proposed Melton Mowbray Distributor Road has to cross the River Eye SSSI. I led geomorphological modelling, detailed designs, and Public Inquiry Expert Witness, for channel re-meandering including floodplain and wetland habitat restoration. The SSSI improvements led to a Royal Town Planning Institute award for Planning for the Natural Environment.

Thornton-le-Dale Sediment Study (Completed Date: Jan 2021)

Local residents are concerned about sedimentation and flooding from Thornton Beck, but no sediment data exist for the river. I synthesised a catchment sediment budget from fluvial audit, remote sensing data, catchment modelling and sediment transport theory, and modelled sediment management options to give quantitative evidence for funding allocations.

SEPA Morphology Surveys (Completed Date: Jan 2017)

Led a team of 12 in one of the largest geomorphological surveys ever undertaken, delivering 2,000 km of geomorphological field surveys and mapping, of 6,000km in total. Baseline data on river forms and processes is generally non-existent at this scale; the project delivered unprecedented detail on the state of the water environment.

Neil is AECOM’s lead geomorphologist, managing a team of UK specialists and AECOM’s Global Technical Practice Group. He is a Chartered Geomorphologist, Environmentalist, Scientist, and Water and Environment Manager, with a genuine passion for geomorphology and river restoration. He has extensive experience in research and consultancy, in a comprehensive range of river environments across the UK and Canada. He has an established reputation of successfully integrating geomorphology, ecology, engineering, and flood management, and for working with natural processes for sustainable development.
Telephone: 
07553 346 846