Dr Oliver Heidrich
Senior Researcher in Urban Resource Modelling

  • Email: oliver.heidrich@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6563
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 6669
  • Address: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    Room 3.13
    Cassie Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    UK

Background

I am a qualified Civil Engineer and after graduating in 2006 with a PhD in Environmental Management and Psychology I re-joined CEG in 2011 as a senior researcher. I spent more than 8 years as company director, consultant and trainer of business leaders worldwide. In academia I develop and apply social, engineering and management methodologies to increase the profitability and understanding of industrial and urban processes. My projects have been assessed independently and received highest possible ratings for the transfer of technical and management knowledge. I have designed and delivered training courses and consulted local and multinational companies from the construction to the banking sector. My work enhances the research and training of science, engineering and managerial knowledge as they are directly relevant to businesses and governmental organisations.

I develop new approaches to model and manage resources and flows using e.g. life cycle assessment, industrial ecology and standardised systems in urban environments. I aim to provide researchers and decision makers a system-scale understanding of the inter-relationships between resource mapping and resource use in cities in relation to climate mitigation and adaptation, technologies and the built environment.

Roles and Responsibilities

Researcher of Resource Models and Urban Areas; teaching Civil Engineering, Waste Management, Business and the Environment, Supply Chain Management and Life Cycle Assessment

Qualifications

-Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering and Business Psychology in CEG, Newcastle University (2006)
-Master of Science in Clean Technologies- in Chemical Engineering, Newcastle University (1999)
-Diplom Ingenieur (Master of Engineering) in Civil Engineering HTWd Saarlandes, Germany (1998)
-Fully qualified and practiced steel grid worker, Fredenhagen, Offenbach, Germany (1988)

Previous Positions

Foreman in the construction industry (1988-1993)

Consultant, Plocher GmbH, Meersburg, Germany and Hsinchu, Taiwan (1997-1998)

Consultant, University (HTW) Saarland, Saarbrucken, Germany (1998-1999)

Project manager; United Chemicals Belgium (1999-2000)

Business and Research Manager; Newcastle University (2000-2004)

Director of Econoplas Ltd. (2004-2011) 

Environmental Engineering Lecturer and School Business Developer; Newcastle University (2006-2008)

Associate Director of SEQM Ltd. (2008-2010)

Director of Biscuit Management and Training (2010-) 

Memberships

International Solid Waste Management Association (ISWA)

International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE)

Regional Expert Advisory Panel of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on Sustainability

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Languages

German (mother tongue)
Spanish (basic)
French (very basic)

Research Interests

- Resource efficiency and urban planning
- Industrial ecology and the sustainable management of cities and businesses
- Environmental management and recycling technologies
- Industrial and municipal solid waste management systems
- Life cycle assessment; evaluation of environmental and economic burdens
- Standardised management systems (e.g. ISO 9001, 14001)
- Sustainable development and psychology

Current Work

Researching Resource Models and Cities

Esteem Indicators

- Proposal reviewer for EU, Kuwait, German and UK research funding bodies.

- Journal reviewer (Climatic Change, International Journal of Production Economics, Water, Sustainability, Journal of Cleaner Production, Institution of Civil Engineers and many others)

- Tutor and team leader for STaR City-The Green City of the Future-Urban Planning; EU Marie Curie, Athens, Greece (05/06)

- Invited speaker, team leader and course provider for STaR City-The Green City of the Future-Waste Mangament; EU Marie Curie, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (03/06)
- Associate, Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group, House of Commons, UK (06/02-04/04)
- Counsellor, Chartered Institution of Waste Management, UK (04/02-02/08)
- Visiting lecturer, University of Applied Science Saarland, Germany (04/02-present)
- Full member, International Solid Waste Association, Denmark (01/01-present)
- Technical advisor, German governmental committee of expert advisers to the Chinese Ministry, Beijing, China (12/00)
- Technical advisor, BBC 2 Documentary “Trash Trial”, UK (11/00)

Funding

The following resarch contracts were awarded:
-Project director; Business Development and Knowledge Transfer; 10/06-08/08; Higher Education Innovation Fund
-Project manager; PD: Prof. Blythe; YorCard, Smart card payment for public transport; 04/07-04/09; Scheidt Bachman and Yorkshire Forward
-Project manager; PD: Prof. Blythe; Transport Issues in Cambridge; 05/07-01/08; Cambridge Council
-Project director; New PD: Dr. Sallis; Waste management in North Tyneside; 04/08-04/00; North Tyneside Council and KTP;
-Project manager; PD: Prof. Bell; Demand responsive signal control for roadworks; 11/07-06/08; Hatton Traffic Management; North Tyneside
-Project manager; PD: Prof. Hall; Predicting uncertainty and flooding; 08/07-04/08; Thames Estuary 2100 and EA; London
-Collaborator; STaR City-Science, Technology and Research for Sustainable Cities (01/05-05/08) funded by EU Marie Curie; University of Essen (Germany)
-Collaborator; DIM SUM, Decision Making in Water Management (11/04-10/07) funded by EU FP 6; University of Natural Resources, Vienna (Austria)
-Project manager; BIONICS-Biological and Engineering Impacts of Climate Change on Slopes (06/04-05/08) funded by EPSRC (UK).
-Project manager; Mecoprop-Leachate Management (04/04-10/04); funded by Alco Waste Management Ltd
-Consultant; Life Cycle Assessment and its Strategic Importance to the Construction Industry (01/04-04/04); funded by Aggregate Industries (UK)
-Project manager; Socrates Erasmus-Teaching and Student Mobility Grant (09/03-09/05); funded by EU FP 6
-Collaborator; SEDIS Sewage Sludge Treatment (09/03-08/06); funded by EU FP 6; IZES, Saarbruecken (Germany)
-Consultant; Plastic Waste Management, Treatment Technologies and its Supply Chain (07/03-04/05); funded by Econoplas Ltd (UK)
-Project manager; The Development of Pilot-plant Methodologies and Procedures for the Assessment of the Treatability for Hazardous Liquid Wastes (10/02-10/04); funded by EPT Ltd, DTI and EPSRC (UK)
- Consultant; Waste Management Techniques and Scenarios for Tehran (08/02-02/03); funded by the Municipality of Tehran (Iran)
- Project manager; Life Cycle Inventory of a Thermal Treatment Facility for Municipal Solid Waste (01/02-06/02); funded by Tyneside City Council (UK)
- Project manager; The Development and Implementation of an Integrated Solid Waste Management System Incorporating Waste Reduction and Recycling Methodologies and Working Procedures (08/01-08/04); funded by United Chemicals Belgium, DTI and EPSRC (UK)

Industrial Relevance

-Project director; Supply chain assessment and Country of Origin study; 10/09-12/09; Made In Nations; Newcastle
-Project director; Design and implement Quality Management System 9001 (QMS); 07/09-12/09; P F Burridge Construction, North Tyneside
-Project director; Develop and implement Integrated Management System (IMS) ISO 9001; ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001; 06/09-10/09; Newton Architects; Newcastle
-Project director; 5 day safety, health and environment framework standard course; 04/09-05/09; Unilever Worldwide, Vietnam
-Project director; 5 day course business and supply chain management; 08/06-10/06; CPT Training; Newcastle
-Project director; 5 day course in health and safety and environmental standards; 05/08-07/08; Unilever; South Africa
-Project director; Develop and implement IMS; 06/08-05/09; Southern Green
-Consultant; Deliver a training program covering waste management in industry (11/06-prsent); managed and funded by SEQM Ltd.
-Director; Strategic Guidance and Direct Support for Attracting Investment; Raw Materials; Manufacturing; Marketing and Sales (01/04-present); funded by Econoplas Ltd. (UK)
-Consultant; The Management of Waste Tyres (01/04-03/04); funded by AEA Technologies (UK)
-Project manager; The Development of Pilot-plant Methodologies and Procedures for the Assessment of the Treatability for Hazardous Liquid Wastes (10/02-10/04); funded by EPT Ltd, DTI and EPSRC (UK)
-Consultant; Waste Management Techniques and Scenarios for Tehran (08/02-02/03); funded by the Municipality of Tehran (Iran)
-Project manager; Analysis of Groundwater and Landfill Leachate (04/03-05/05); funded by C.F. Harris Ltd (UK)
-Project manager; Life Cycle Inventory on the Introduction of On-board Weighing for Charging in Municipal Waste Management and its Support for Decision Making (01/03-06/03); funded by PM on Board (UK)
-Consultant; Life Cycle Assessment and its Strategic Importance to the Construction Industry (01/04-04/04); funded by Aggregate Industries (UK)
-Consultant; The Management of Waste Tyres (01/04-03/04); funded by AEA Technologies (UK)
-Consultant; Plastic Waste Management, Treatment Technologies and its Supply Chain (07/03-04/05); funded by Econoplas Ltd (UK)
-Project manager; The Feasibility of Detecting PVdC on Polypropylene Film (6/00-12/00); funded by Mercantile Taiwan Enterprise Ltd. (Taiwan)
-Consultant; Environmental Management in Asia and Europe (05/00-04/03); funded by Sinolog Project Services GmbH (Germany and China)

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach the following modules:
- Sustainable Solutions in Civil Engineering (1st year BEng and MEng Civil Engineering)
- Water and Waste Management (2nd year BEng and MEng Civil Engineering)
- Introduction to Solid Waste Management (3rd year BEng and MEng Civil Engineering)
- Ethics and Sustainability (4th Year BEng and MEng Civil Engineering)
- Supervise BEng or MEng final year student projects

Postgraduate Teaching

I teach the following modules:
- Business and Environment (MSc Clean Technology, MEng Chemical Engineering and MEng Mechanical Engineering)
- Solid Waste Management (MSc Environmental Engineering and MSc Clean Technology)
- Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (MSc in Water Resource Management and MSc in Hydrology and Climate Change)

- Supervise or co-supervise MSc and MBA student projects
- Supervise or co-supervise PhD projects
- Supervise projects by visiting postgraduate students