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Sewage and RBC Solutions Ltd
336 Station Road, Knowle. Solihull, West Midlands, B93 0ET
WELCOME TO SEWAGE & RBC SOLUTIONS
FOUNDED BY ERIC FINDLAY, GLOBAL EXPERT IN SEWAGE TREATMENT, ROTATING BIOLOGICAL CONTACTOR (RBC) & WATER INDUSTRY CONSULTANCY SERVICES
“Global RBC expert Eric Findlay established Sewage & RBC Solutions in 2007 to provide professional consultancy services in Rotating Biological Contactor design and other Water Industry Schemes. Eric was Severn Trent Water's principal engineer responsible for the development of their RBC programme. He also had responsibility for delivering a major part of Severn Trent Water Ltd's million Euro Budget of which RBCs was a relatively small albeit important part.
He was the RBC Manager at Copa Ltd from 2000 to 2007.
On leaving STWL he was awarded a Visiting Chair by Cranfield University School of Mechanical Engineering recognising his ability in RBC technology.
OUR CLIENTS INCLUDE:
Eric Findlay acts as an expert witness in water related schemes including Sewerage, Water Supply and Flood Defence. His intimate knowledge and insite of Water Company design policy makes him particularly suitable
- Determination is a unique form of arbitration which complies with the normal legal rules. It is useful where the parties are in dispute about the capabilities of the plant or process and do not wish to employ expert witnesses and a court hearing.
- We carry out a detailed investigation of the process / plant and consider all the relevant correspondence and hear the parties' view.
- On completion we issue a Determination which is similar to an award in arbitration. It is more investigative than normal arbitration and relies on our specialist knowledge of the design / construction or manufacture etc.
- The parties through prior agreement drafted by their solicitors agree to be bound by our determination
ROTATING BIOLOGICAL CONTRACTORS (RBC)
RBCs fail in fatigue, without warning, resulting in at least a significant reduction in treatment capacity. Our Principal, Eric Findlay, when with Severn Trent Engineering, worked with Cranfield University, School of Engineering in the 1990s to develop a plant which was defect free for a minimum of 20 years. Those RBCs have more than achieved their 20-year requirement. When at Copa Ltd, the plant was warranted defect free for a minimum of 20 years and over 100 installed throughout the UK. We understand these are still operating satisfactorily.
We are able to advise on the Validation of RBCs to achieve the Severn Trent Water Limited / Cranfield Standard. This should ensure the problem of short life failure experienced in the 1990 's and in the USA is avoided.
RBCs are investigated when they are thought to be are nearing the end of their useful life and recommendations made on the most cost effective solution. This minimises the effect of costly and inconvenient loss of treatment capacity allowing the operator to plan for, or avoid, the loss of treatment capacity. Our report covers all aspects including process, civil and mechanical engineering aspects and if required site layout.
It can, if required, consider the effect of future planned development on the process including duplication.
SMALL WORKS DESIGN
Our expertise is not solely limited to RBCs but covers the whole range of sewage treatment plants, both large and small including sea outfalls. We are from time to time required to investigate the existing sewage treatment capacity and to make recommendations on the suitability to treat existing and /or future development.
In many cases there is no historic data to suggest the capacity and in many cases the capacity of individual units do not agree with each other. Some are built over or included in an inaccessible shelter and are not instantly recognised as sewage treatment works. We investigate the catchment to establish the history and develop the most appropriate design solution for pubs, golf clubs and caravan parks etc. including dealing with the various statutory bodies including the Environment Agency. The most appropriate sewage treatment works is recommended. This might be an RBC but could equally be another suitable small works or larger process,
- Selection difficulties can arise when there are several solutions to the same problem and no means of differentiating between the costs leaving the Feasibility Study inconclusive.
- Following a detailed Feasibility Study, this service provides advice to help the client select the most cost effective solution. It Involves the technical and financial or economic appraisal of the feasible options employing Discounted Cash Flow analysis techniques.
- The service can include the full feasibility study and report or simply the analysis based on the Client's estimated costs
We have investigated contracts where there is a dispute between the main contractor and his supplier with a view to the resolution of any difficulties
It is common on overseas schemes to split a scheme into various stages eg feasibility, design assessment and preparation, contract preparation, bid assessment. We are able to carry out any of the associated activities