Environment Related Training Modules

WRc’s Catchment Management Team provides integrated catchment management services for the managed water cycle, enabling environmental objectives to be achieved from source to sea.

Our Environment training modules are designed to equip attendees with the necessary skills and knowledge to support their environmental focus through the effective use of statistics, data analysis and appropriate models.

  • Introduction to Water Quality Statistics. Duration. 1 Day.  
    This intensive one-day training module has been specially designed to provide water quality professionals with an accessible introduction to important statistical concepts,  and to show how appropriate methods can be used to answer common questions. 

  • Foundations of Water Quality and the Environment. Duration: 2 Days
    This two day training module has been designed specifically to provide water and environmental professionals with the foundational (or refresher) knowledge and skills for the assessment and management of water quality impacts. Understanding and managing human impacts on the water environment requires a broad understanding of pollutant sources and pathways, monitoring and control strategies, plus the legislative framework that drives management and investment decisions.

  • SIMCAT Modelling. Duration: 0.5 Days
    SIMCAT is the Environment Agency’s stochastic water quality river model. It is used to set and review discharge permits at a catchment scale and to quantify the source apportionment of both point and diffuse pollutant load within the receiving water course. SIMCAT is driven by summary statistics of flow and quality and uses Monte Carlo simulation to predict in-river summary statistics for direct comparison with environmental quality standards e.g. mean and 90 percentiles. SIMCAT provides confidence intervals for results to highlight the associated uncertainties in river and effluent flow and quality data to assist with risk based decision making. 

  • Urban Pollution Management - controlling intermittent discharges from urban wastewater systems. Duration 1 or 2 days. 
    The Urban Pollution Management (UPM) course provides an introduction to the UPM procedure, its regulatory background and an overview of the steps undertaken in UPM studies. An explanation of the wet weather modelling approaches used is discussed, and assessment against the wet weather standards is illustrated with a range of examples from the UK. This gives staff the confidence to scope, undertake and review UPM studies.
  • An Introduction to Data Analytics using R. Duration: 2 days
    R is a state-of-the-art, open source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Due to its power and flexibility, R is now the software package of choice for data analysts working in business, government and the third sector, and is supported by a vast and talented R user community.
  • Introduction to Water Quality Modelling. Duration 1 day
    This course will provide staff with an introduction water quality modelling with a focus on Monte Carlo simulation, permitting and simplified modelling. The objective is to understand the need for modelling, background to the modelling framework, the influence of data frequency and sampling error; and the uses and benefits of water quality models, as well as some of their limitations.

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Please contact academy@wrcplc.co.uk to learn more. One of our Academy Training Co-ordinators will assist you in planning a workshop to suit your training needs. If you are unable to find the exact module you want, please contact us. We will create a tailored training workshop for you.