Our expert hydrology-related services

cbec’s hydrology services include developing time series, flood events and water balance or budget simulations for applications to hydrologic studies, including hydromodification, fisheries habitat, wetland design, water supply and reservoir operation.

Proven specialists

We are experts in the Flood Estimation Handbook’s techniques used to determine a range of hydrological parameters and generate design hydrographs in ungauged catchments. We have been pioneering its use for continuous, long-term simulations for hydromodification planning. To facilitate our instream and hydraulic modelling efforts, we install stream gauges to monitor water levels, temperature and other quality parameters using staff gauges, pressure transducers, acoustic doppler current profilers and other probes. Each hydrological analysis is unique. Moreover, with this ever-growing body of experience and through ongoing monitoring programmes and academic research collaboration, we continue to help pioneer new methodologies and techniques.

  • We use the latest industry-standard software, including WINFAP 4, ReFHv2.2 and LowFlows Enterprise.
  • We maintain a fully auditable calculation trail for our clients, statutory bodies, etc.
  • We analyse, review and refine calculated flood flows based on our expert judgement and extensive experience.
  • We ensure site visits are undertaken to explore all flow routes and sources, as well as any other information that would influence hydrological processes.

Natural flood management (NFM) seeks to reduce flood risk by reinstating or reproducing components of the natural hydrological function present in unimpacted river systems. We have completed a large number of NFM projects across the UK, identifying the potential for sustainable flood risk reduction through a range of practical measures at the catchment scale and designing specific detailed interventions at the local scale. We worked on the Drumnadrochit Flood Protection Scheme and developed an NFM strategy for the River Enrick catchment.

Other technical services