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Robert Fulton, Flood Risk Consultant – Infrastructure, Atkins


Flood Risk Consultant – Infrastructure

What have been your key achievements since joining Atkins?

I’ve been involved in numerous high profile projects for a variety of clients such as HS2, Environment Agency, Thames Water, Thorpe Park, Surrey County Council, working in a subject field that I studied at university. 

Over the past year I’ve been seconded to two of the London based PSO teams at the Environment Agency in Pimlico. Whilst I was there I was approving Flood Risk Assessment applications for planning, so helping to inform and influence the future development of London.  Following from that I’m now working on a project to undertake breach modelling of the Thames tidal defences in London between Teddington Weir and the Thames Barrier, at approximately 5500 locations.

More recently I’ve been working out in Sri Lanka on the World Bank funded Climate Resilience Improvement Project. My role on the project is to undertake basin scale flood modelling and teach my Sri Lankan counterparts how to build hydraulic flood models. This work is going to generate basin investment plans for 10 major river basins (covering around half the country) to improve resilience against floods and droughts. As part of this project I got to present to the Sri Lankan Minister of Irrigation & Water Resources Management at Euston Tower on my London Thames Breach Assessment work.

What attracted you to Atkins?

When I spoke to Atkins employees at a graduate careers fair I found out that it wasn’t only Engineers that work for the company. I’m a Geography graduate with a Masters in Water Management, and the idea that I could apply my academic knowledge to real world issues was a key selling point for me. 

Atkins has offices all across the UK and internationally, so the idea that i could work in many locations and on projects all over the world was a key selling point.

What other activities have you been involved with?

I attended a Big Bang science fair where I played with a Lego flood model of Oxford (built by the Oxford team), teaching students the issues with how to / not to manage flooding well.
I’m a local at the Atkins Badminton club in Epsom, and not one to miss a pint at the local on a Friday either.

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