Farewell Chris Wright – Happy Retirement

We recently said farewell to Chris Wright after a staggering 28 years with JBA Consulting and its predecessor acquired in 2004 – Grantham, Brundell and Farran.

Chris graduated from Aston University in 1974 with a BSc in Civil Engineering, gaining Chartership with the Institute of Civil Engineers in 1977.

On the road (or rail)

On Wednesday 26 July, staff from the Tadcaster and Doncaster offices celebrated Chris’ retirement, along with his wife and past colleagues. Chris is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren, spending time on the allotment, and pursuing his interest in trains. As a parting gift, staff presented Chris with a voucher for a train driving experience.

Chris has been involved in the development of land drainage and flood risk management schemes, from feasibility studies through to construction and maintenance throughout the Doncaster area and beyond. He has undertaken Flood Risk Assessments for many years, and worked with numerous developers on their sewerage designs, rising mains, pump stations and attenuation features.

Leaving a legacy

Chris was instrumental in implementing the provision of a remote telemetry and control system which has been adopted by several Internal Drainage Boards. A legacy that will continue to benefit the area for years to come.

As a Principal Engineer, Chris encouraged apprentices/technicians/assistant engineers in their development. He encouraged them to always question, or to always at least consider going back to 1st principles, or hand-written calculations/checks in hydraulics, in relation to any design uncertainty.  Since 2011 Chris acted as a Supervising Civil Engineer and Mentor for JBA staff members working towards Chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Water Level Management & Subsidence Pumping Stations

David MacFarlane, Assistant Engineer, is taking over Chris’s work and projects. David worked with Chris on the Fishlake Mining Subsidence Remediation Scheme. He managed the construction and contract administration of the Field House Pumping Station under the guidance of Chris.

David has since taken on flood plain functionality studies and feasibility studies at Coates Marsh and Cawood Marshes for the Selby Area Internal Drainage Board. It aims to minimise the amount of time flood waters remain on the floodplain after an overtopping event (from 1-2 months to 1-2 weeks). David also looked at the replacement/overhaul of Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) equipment and the introduction of telemetry, to remotely monitor and control stations which become isolated during a flood event.

Want to know more?

Contact David MacFarlane for more information on the above or visit our Engineering web pages.

Furthermore, our Flood Risk Assessment and Flood Risk Management training courses may be of interest to you. Find out more in our training course guide or contact Felicity Clarke, our Training Co-ordinator.

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