Dr Eric Gillies, CEng, MRAeS

Technical Director

Eric has more than two decades’ experience in modelling and measuring a diverse range of fluid flows. For the past six years, he has specialised in modelling river flows and sediment transport. He has consulted on several safety critical topics with industry and has signed off several engineering assessments as a Chartered Engineer. Eric has published and presented widely in the field of fluid mechanics to both international specialists and public audiences, as well as regulators and clients. He has managed several collaborative projects and consulted widely within the industry and with academia and regularly guest lectures on water engineering and river restoration modelling at universities.

Eric is an expert at using a range of public and proprietary software such as SRH-2D, TUFLOW and the MIKE software suite, and he has written his own modelling codes and algorithms, written in the MATLAB/Python computing environment. In the field, he has over six years’ experience, on over 50 projects, of site surveying to establish hydraulic modelling requirements, local roughness, site-specific issues, sediment characteristics and structure assessment together with boundary condition modelling. He is skilled in the use of survey data, vegetation maps, sediment samples, drone ortho-imagery and hydrometry to set up hydraulic models.

As technical director of cbec UK, Eric manages all of our mathematical analysis and our team of hydraulic modellers and hydrologists, as well as overseeing survey solutions and enabling technologies and flood risk assessments. He decides on appropriate modelling strategies for all of our projects and guides model build and, as a Chartered Engineer, quality controls our technical work.

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