Professor Simon Tait

Professor of Water Engineering

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5771
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Room: C109




My research results in improved measurement and management methodologies to allow urban water infrastructure systems to cope better with pressures caused by climate change, changing patterns of use and physical deterioration.

Professor simon tait


Simon’s research focuses on how sediments and pollutants get into water networks and environments; specifically, the processes associated with erosion, transportation and deposition of sediment in river and urban drainage systems, with a

When sewers fail due to the system filling up or blockages, they can overflow into rivers and urban environments which is biologically damaging and can be detrimental to health. By working to ensure better management of sewer and drainage networks, Simon aims to prevents this and minimise the resources spent on maintaining sewers and clean-up. He uses lab experiments and surrogate or real sediments as well as numerical modelling to discover how sediments and pollutants move within networks and rivers. By understanding how sediments and networks perform, decisions can be made to ensure the safety of water systems that serve large sections of the population.

Simon is involved in a spin off instrumentation company, Hovshenkov, which uses acoustic-based instruments to search for defects in pipes. Using sound waves is faster and more measurable than traditional methods and enables water companies to save time and money.

Selected Publications

Journal articles