Professor Roger Falconer – Cardiff University
Tidal Energy in the Severn Estuary: Challenges and Opportunities

Roger is Emeritus Professor of Water and Environmental Engineering and was Founding Director of the Hydro-environmental Research Centre (1997-14) at Cardiff University, Director of Roger Falconer Water Consultancy Ltd., Director of Dragon River & Tidal Ltd. and Technical Advisor for Natural Energy Wyre Ltd. He was previously Professor of Water Engineering (1987-97) and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1993-97) at the University of Bradford and Lecturer at the University of Birmingham (1977-87).

He has extensive experience of undertaking research on hydro-environmental modelling (including tidal renewable energy) and has published over 500 papers and technical reports in the field.  He is a Fellow of: the Royal Academy of Engineering, the European Academy of Sciences and the Learned Society of Wales. He is also a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and was President (2011-15) and now Honorary Member of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (2011-15), Vice President of the International Association for Coastal Reservoir Research (2017-date). He was a member of: the Government’s Expert Panel for the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Studies, Technical Consultant to Hafren Power, a member of the Expert Panel for the Mersey Barrage, and Consultant to ITP providing technical support to the Hendry Review of tidal lagoons (2016). He regularly consults on a range of tidal and river energy projects.

Full details of Roger’s experience and achievements can be found here:

Brian Crookston – Utah Water Research Laboratory
Hydraulic Structure Collaborations: Mind the Gap of Industry and Academia

Brian M. Crookston, PhD, PE, M.ASCE, is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University and the Utah Water Research Laboratory. His consulting and research interests are focused on water conveyance, including the design of hydraulic structures, nonlinear spillways, flow acoustics, energy dissipators, scour, fish passage, and physical and numerical modeling.

Brian worked for Schnabel Engineering from 2011 to 2018 after working for six years as a post-doctoral researcher and research assistant at the Utah Water Research Laboratory. A key subject matter expert and technical resource on hydraulic design, analyses, and modeling, he has worked on more than 100 dam projects from Alaska to Florida totaling more than $150 million in construction cost.

Internationally recognized for his expertise in labyrinth weirs, Brian developed the current state-of-practice hydraulic design method that is widely used by design engineers around the world. An example of the successful application of his research was the hydraulic design of Isabella Dam auxiliary spillway in Kern County, California, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Loveland, Colorado, native obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in hydraulics, and a doctorate in water engineering from Utah State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia and is an NCEES record holder.

Giovanni De Cesare – PL-LCH EPFL
“Challenges when increasing the height of a tall dam” & “Paper Writing Tips and Tricks”

Dr Giovanni De Cesare is Operational Director of the Hydraulic Constructions Platform, PL-LCH of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has more than 20 years of experience in physical and numerical modelling in all domains of hydraulic structures and schemes with more than 50 studies performed as well as several commissioned studies and expert reports in applied hydraulics and hydraulic constructions. He specializes in various fields such as reservoir sediment management and turbidity currents; special hydraulic works; rapid transients in pressure systems; Ultrasonic Doppler flow measurement and river training work.

Giovanni De Cesare holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and a PhD in technical sciences from the EPFL where he studied reservoir sedimentation by turbidity currents with on-site measurements, numerical simulation as well as experimental tests. He studied for one year at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. He is author of more than 200 scientific papers and contributions in peer-reviewed journals, publications and conference proceedings. He is reviewer of many scientific journals. From 1999 to 2009 he was lecturer and administrator of the Master of advanced Studies (MAS) program in water resources management and engineering. He is Member of the teaching commission of the EPFL civil engineering section, Chair of the International Symposium on Ultrasonic Doppler Methods for Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Engineering (ISUD) scientific committee, Member of the Swiss Commission for Flood Protection (KOHS) and President of the Swiss Association for Soil Bioengineering. He is lecturer in hydraulic and hydroelectric structures and schemes, fluvial hydraulics and river eco-morphology at Master level as well as in hydraulic structures at bachelor level. He supervises four ongoing PhD projects on fluvial and sediment hydraulics, fish habitats as well as on hydrological flood forecast.