Dr James Shucksmith

PhD

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Water Engineering

CIV James Shucksmith
j.shucksmith@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114222 5706

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Dr James Shucksmith
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

A better understanding of our waterways is important to help protect against flooding and the impacts of pollution.

Dr James Shucksmith


James completed his undergraduate degree and his PhD here in the Department, before joining the academic staff in 2010 after a period as a KTP associate with Yorkshire Water.

James has worked with a range of external partners including local water companies, local authorities, the Environment Agency on a number of projects; recent examples include the development of a surface water pesticide concentration warning system with Severn Trent Water, and the development of a low-cost real-time control system for the reduction of urban flooding (CENTAUR).

Dr Shucksmith is the Sheffield lead of both the the STREAM and WIRE EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training.


Research Themes

Hazards

Infrastructure

Research interests

James has two overarching research interests; pollution and flooding in both urban and rural environments.

He wants to understand how pollutants move and spread through waterways, urban drainage systems and within floodwaters and quantify risks to the environment and/or public health.

He is also interested in understanding and mitigating the likely pressures on water management caused by climate change, population growth and asset deterioration.

His EPSRC and EU funded work includes experimental-laboratory based research into hydrodynamics of urban flooding using physical scale models and novel measurement techniques as well as catchment scale modelling and monitoring studies of water quality processes.

Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Nichols A, Rojas Arques S, Rubinato M & Shucksmith J (2018) Velocity distribution and mixing layer in partially vegetated channel. Proceedings of the 5th IAHR Europe Congress — New Challenges in Hydraulic Research and Engineering (pp 785-786). Trento, Italy, 12 June 2018 - 14 June 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shepherd WJ, Abdel-Aal M, Ostojin S, Mounce S, Shucksmith J, Schellart A, Skipworth P, Steinhardt J & Tait S (2017) Developing and testing a Fuzzy Logic algorithm to alleviate the risk of flooding by controlling a flow control device in a laboratory setting. Proceedings of 14th IWA / IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD2017). Prague, CZ, 10 September 2017 - 15 September 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rubinato M, Seungsoo Lee , Kesserwani G & Shucksmith J (2016) Experimental and numerical investigation of water depths around a manhole under drainage conditions. Proceeding of 12th International Conference on Hydroinformatics-Smart water for the future. Incheon, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of, 21 August 2016 - 26 August 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shucksmith J, Norris T, Blacksell J, Dotto C, Bach P & Deletic A (2015) Evaluating the performance of EMC models using case study data. 10th International Urban Drainage Modelling Conference. Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, 20 September 2015 - 23 September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kesserwani G, Lee SUENGSOO, Rubinato M & Shucksmith J (2015) Experimental and numerical validation of shallow water flow around a surcharging manhole. 10th Urban Drainage Modelling Conference. Mont-Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada, 20 September 2015 - 23 September 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Norris T, Squibbs G, Saul A & Shucksmith J (2014) Evaluating the Use of Sewer Network Event Mean Concentrations within Integrated Catchment Models. 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage. Sarawak, Malaysia, 7 September 2014 - 12 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lopes P, Shucksmith J, Leandro J, Carvalho RF & Rubinato M (2014) Velocities profiles and Air-entrainment characterization in a scaled circular manhole. 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage. Sarawak, Malaysia, 7 September 2014 - 12 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Badger M, Stovin V, Shucksmith J, McCreath K, Winter D & Brookes A (2014) Unanswered questions when optimising retrofit SuDS. 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage. Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 7 September 2014 - 12 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rubinato M, Shucksmith J & Saul A (2014) Experimental Investigation of Flow-Interactions between Above and Below Ground Drainage Systems through a Manhole. 11th Conference on Hydroinfomatics. New York, 24 August 2014 - 28 August 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ashley R, Shucksmith J, Blanksby J, Sharpe L, Tait S, Shaffer P & Stam JM (2013) Water sensitive urban design in a European context. http://www.wsud2013.org/. Gold Coast, Australia, 25 November 2013 - 29 November 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rubinato M, Shucksmith J & Saul A (2013) Interaction of above/below urban grounds: an experimental facility developed to analyse computer modelling results. http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00843116/. Paris, 10 July 2013 - 10 July 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rubinato M, Shucksmith J & Saul A (2012) Procedures for downscaling urban drainage systems for physical modelling studies. 10th Conference on Hydroinfomatics. Hamburg, July 2012. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Melo N, Leandro J, Shucksmith J, Rubinato M, Djordjevic S, Saul A, Ramos H & Lima P (2012) Modelling internal boundary conditions of a sewer network. 9th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling. Serbia, Belgrade., 2012. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dudill A, Shucksmith JD & Brevis W (2012) Similarities and differences of fluvial shallow mixing layers. River Flow 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, Vol. 1 (pp 45-52) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rubinato M, Shucksmith JD & Saul AJ (2011) Hydraulic performance of a scale model facility and optinisation through the use of real time sensors. 12th International Conference on Urban Drainage. Porto Alegre, Brazil RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ghazali MF, Beck SBM, Staszewski WJ, Shucksmith JD & Boxall JB (2010) Leakage detection in pipelines using ensemble empirical mode decomposition. Proceedings of the 5th European Workshop - Structural Health Monitoring 2010 (pp 203-208) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shucksmith JD, Beck SBM, Boxall JB & Seth A (2009) The use of pressure transients to detect leaks in distribution systems. 3rd Biennial Conference of the UK Network on Potable Water Treatment & Supply. Buxton, UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shucksmith JD, Beck SBM, Boxall JB, Seth A & Staszewski WJ (2009) Leak detection in a pipeline by cepstrum analysis of a pressure transient. IV ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Smart Structures and Materials (SMART 09). Porto, Portugal RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blanksby JR, Ashley R, Shucksmith J, Sharp L, Tait S, Shaffer P & Stam JM () Water sensitive urban design in a European context. ACT: Engineers Australia, 2013: 209-219 (pp 209-219). Melbourne, 25 November 2013 - 29 November 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mounce SR, Sailor G, Shepherd W, Shucksmith J & Saul A () Predicting CSO chamber depth using Artificial Neural Networks with rainfall radar data. SPN7 7th International Conference on Sewer Processes & Networks (IWA). Sheffield, 28 August 2013 - 30 August 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) and Urban Drainage

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Catchments and River Engineering

Grants

Current Grants

Real Time Absraction Management

This project, conducted in collaboration with Severn Trent Water, aims to implement a modelling lead approach to surface water abstraction operation.


Previous Grants (Last 5 years)

Centaur

FloodInteract


Professional activities
  • Coordinator of the STREAM Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Sheffield.
  • Winner of the 2010 SWIG (Sensors for Water Interest Group) early career researchers' prize.
  • Winner of the 2015 Water and Environment Journal ‘Outstanding paper of the year award’
Potential PhD offerings

Understanding Urban Flooding Using Physical Modelling

This project will involve experimental work using a unique surface/subsurface scale model of an urban drainage facility within the water laboratory. Students working on this project will utilise state of the art measuring techniques such as PIV to obtain new datasets describing flows in and around interface points. It is hoped that this project will lead to a more reliable methodology to describe surface/sewer flow interactions during flood events, reducing the uncertainty inherent within flood model predictions.