Professor John Bridgeman BEng, MSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, FICE, FCIWEM

Professor John Bridgeman

Department of Civil Engineering
Head of Civil Engineering
Professor of Environmental Engineering

Contact details

+44 (0) 121 414 5145
+44 (0) 121 414 3675
Civil Engineering
Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

John Bridgeman is Professor of Environmental Engineering, Head of Civil Engineering and Director of International Strategy in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Prior to his appointment at Birmingham in 2005, John spent 15 years working in the water industry on planning, feasibility and detailed process and hydraulic design of water and wastewater treatment systems.  

He now delivers lectures and workshops at postgraduate and undergraduate levels on topics associated with water treatment processes and water quality, hydraulics and numerical modelling, and is an active researcher in these fields.


  • FICE 2013
  • PhD in Water Chemistry and Fluid Dynamics, 2007
  • CSci, 2005
  • FCIWEM, 2004
  • MSc in Water and Wastewater Technology, 2000
  • MCIWEM, 1995
  • MICE, 1994
  • CEng, 1994
  • BEng in Civil Engineering, 1989


John Bridgeman joined the academic staff at the University of Birmingham in 2005 following a 15-year career in the water industry.  Since then he has been actively involved all aspects of academia including research, teaching, administration, conference organisation and technology transfer, and has developed an international profile for his contributions to research in water management and, in particular, the areas of numerical modelling and water quality assessment.

He has secured research grant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Environment Agency, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), as well as fully funded industrial research contracts from a range of industrial organisations.  In addition John has undertaken a range of consultancy contracts for clients such as Yorkshire Water, Severn Trent Water, Scottish Water, Mott Macdonald and Safe Training Systems.

John has undertaken a wide range of external activities and appointments.  These include invitations to provide Keynote lectures at high quality international conferences (e.g. 13th International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, Chania, Crete, 2011; 8th International Symposium on Water Supply Technology, Kobe, Japan, 2009; Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society, York, UK, 2008; International Water Association Particle Separation, Toulouse, France, 2007). He is Editor-In-Chief of the Water and Environment Journal, and an Editor of Water Asset Management International.

John is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Chartered Scientist. He is Vice Chair of the ICE’s Expert Water Panel, Secretary of the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group on Design Operation and Maintenance of Drinking Water Treatment Plants and a Committee Member of the IWA Specialist Group on Disinfection.


Teaching Programmes

Civil Engineering BEng / MEng

  • Floods and River Systems
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment

Postgraduate supervision

John is interested in supervising doctoral researchers in the following areas:

  • fluid mechanics and computational modelling
  • water quality, water and wastewater treatment

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact John on the contact details above.

PhD opportunities



Water quality, water and wastewater treatment, numerical and computational modelling, infrastructure asset management


  1. Water Quality, Water and Wastewater Treatment
    Potable water treatment and supply, natural organic matter characterisation, disinfection, disinfection by-product formation and the links to health. Use of fluorescence spectroscopy to assess water and wastewater treatment works performance and water quality in distribution systems, and to assess water quality in areas of poor sanitation and disaster relief.
  2. Numerical and computational modelling
    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of water and wastewater treatment processes, including raw water storage, flocculation, service reservoir disinfection and digester mixing.
    Development of a methodology and software tool to minimise operational cost of water treatment according to performance characteristics, raw water input and risk acceptance, using a genetic algorithm and Monte Carlo based simulation.
    Coupled CFD / discrete element models (DEM) and coupled lattice Boltzmann / DEM to solve the complex fluid flow and fluidization processes to examine the leakage of flow from buried pipe networks.
    Physical and numerical modelling of turbulent flow structure on boundary shear stress distributions in homogeneously roughened channels.

Other activities

  • External Examiner: PhD – University of Leeds, 2015; University of Mauritius, 2014; Loughborough University, 2013; National University of Ireland (Galway), 2012; Cranfield University, 2012; Cardiff University School of Engineering, 2010 and 2011; University of Sheffield, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2010 and 2012; MSc by Research – Cranfield University, 2009 and 2013.
  • External Examiner: MEng, BEng and MSc programmes, University of Liverpool, 2014-2017.
  • External Examiner: MEng and BEng programmes, University of Edinburgh, 2014-2018.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Water and Environment Journal
  • EPSRC College Member
  • Vice Chair ICE Water Expert Panel


Refereed publications in ISI listed journals:

Karpinska, A.M. and Bridgeman, J., 2015, CFD-Aided Modelling of Activated Sludge Systems - A Critical Review, Water Research, pp 861 – 879, 10.1016/j.watres.2015.11.008.

Dapelo, D., Alberini, F. and Bridgeman, J., 2015, Euler-Lagrange CFD modelling of unconfined gas mixing in anaerobic digestion, Water Research, pp 497-511 10.1016/j.watres.2015.08.042.

Jesson, M., Sterling, M. and Bridgeman, J., 2015, Novel Software Developments for the Automated Post-Processing of High Volumes of Velocity Time Series, accepted by Advances in Engineering Software, 10.1016/j.advengsoft.2015.06.007.

Baker, A., Cumberland, S., Bradley, C., Buckley, C.A., and Bridgeman, J., 2015, To what extent can portable fluorescence spectroscopy be used in the real-time assessment of microbial water quality?, Vol. 532, pp 14-19, 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.05.114.

Bridgeman, J., Brown, D., Baker, A. and Boxall, J., 2015, Portable LED fluorescence instrumentation for the rapid assessment of potable water, Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 524-525, pp 338-346, 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.050.

Carstea, E., Baker, A., Bieroza, M., Reynolds, D.M. and Bridgeman, J., 2014, Characterisation of dissolved organic matter fluorescence properties by PARAFAC analysis and thermal quenching, Water Research, Vol 61, pp 152–161,

Bieroza, M., Baker, A., Boomer, I. and Bridgeman, J., 2014, δ18O & δ2H stable isotopic composition of raw & treated water, Proceedings of the ICE – Water Management, 167, 7, 414 – 429,

Shutova Y, Baker A, Bridgeman J and Henderson RK, 2014, Spectroscopic characterisation of dissolved organic matter changes in drinking water treatment: from PARAFAC analysis to online monitoring wavelengths, Water Research, Vol. 54, pp 159-169, doi 10.1016/j.watres.2014.01.053.

Krause S., Klaar M., Hannah D.M., Mant J., Bridgeman J., Trimmer M., and Manning- Jones, S., 2014, "The potential of Large Woody Debris to alter biogeochemical processes and ecosystem services in lowland rivers”, WIREs Water, 1, 3, 263-275, doi 10.1002/wat2.1019.

Harris, C.N.P, Quinn, A.D. and Bridgeman, J., 2014, “The use of probabilistic weather generator information for climate change adaptation in the UK water sector”, Meteorological Applications, 21, 2, 129-140, doi/10.1002/met.1335.

Bridgeman, J., Gulliver, P., Roe, J. and Baker, A., 2014, “Carbon isotopic characterisation of dissolved organic matter during water treatment”, Water Research, 48, 119-125.

Harris, C.N.P., Quinn, A.D. and Bridgeman, J., 2013, “Quantification of uncertainty sources in a probabilistic climate change assessment of future water shortages”, Climatic Change, 121:317-329, doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0871-8.

Bridgeman, J., Baker , A., Carliell-Marquet, C.M.  and Carstea, E., 2013, Determination of changes in wastewater quality through a treatment works using fluorescence spectroscopy, Environmental Technology, 34, 23, 3069-3077, doi:10.1080/09593330.2013.803131.

Jesson, M., Sterling, M. and Bridgeman, J., 2013, Modelling flow in a heterogeneous open channel, J.ASCE – Hydraulic Engineering, 139, 2, 195-204, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000621.

Jesson, M., Sterling, M. and Bridgeman, J., 2013, Despiking Velocity Time-Series -Optimisation Through the Combination of Spike Detection and Replacement Methods, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, 30, 45-51, doi: 10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2013.01.007.

Jesson, M., Sterling, M. And Bridgeman, J., 2013, “An experimental investigation of turbulence in a heterogeneous open channel”, Proceedings of the ICE – Water Management, 166, 1, 16-26, doi 10.1680/wama.11.00025.

Sindall, R., Bridgeman, J. and Carliell-Marquet, C.M., 2013, Velocity gradient as a tool to characterize the link between mixing and biogas production in anaerobic waste digesters, Water Science and Technology, 67.12, 2800-2806, doi:10.2166/wst.2013.206.

Bridgeman, J., 2012, “Numerical modelling of sewage sludge mixing”, Advances in Engineering Software, 44, 54-62.  doi 10.1016/j.advengsoft.2011.05.037.

Bieroza, M., Baker, A. and Bridgeman, J., 2012, “Assessing organics removal in water treatment with data mining and artificial neural networks”, Advances in Engineering Software, 44, 12, 126-135.  doi 10.1016/j.advengsoft.2011.05.031.

Bieroza, M., Baker, A. and Bridgeman, J., 2012, “Exploratory analysis of excitation-emission matrix fluorescence spectra with self-organizing maps - a tutorial”, Education for Chemical Engineers, 7, e22-e31, 10.1016/j.ece.2011.10.002.

Cumberland, S., Bridgeman, J., Baker, A., Sterling, M. and Ward, D., 2012, “Fluorescence spectroscopy as a tool for determining microbial quality in potable water applications”, Environmental Technology, 33, 6, 687-693; doi 10.1080/09593330.2011.588401.

Baker, A., Gulliver, P., Ascough, P., Roe, J. and Bridgeman, J., 2011, “Assessing the effect of sterilization on the radiocarbon signature of freshwater dissolved organic matter”, Radiocarbon, 54, 4, 659-667.

Bieroza, M., Baker, A. and Bridgeman, J., 2011, “An assessment of low pH coagulation performance using fluorescence spectroscopy”, J.ASCE – Environmental Engineering, 137, 7, 596-601, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000371.

Bridgeman, J., Bieroza, M. and Baker, A., 2011, “The application of fluorescence spectroscopy to organic matter characterization in drinking water treatment”, Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology, 10, 3, 277-290, doi: 10.1007/s11157-011-9243-x.

Bieroza, M., Baker, A. and Bridgeman, J., 2011, “Classification and calibration of organic matter fluorescence data with chemometric methods and artificial neural networks: an operational tool for improved drinking water treatment”, Environmetrics, 22, 3, 256-270, doi I: 10.1002/env.1045. 

Brown, D., Bridgeman, J., and West, J.R., 2011a, "Understanding data requirements for trihalomethane formation modelling in water supply systems" Urban Water Journal, 8, 1, 41-56, doi :10.1080/1573062X.2010.546863.

Brown, D., Bridgeman, J., and West, J.R., 2011b, “Predicting chlorine decay and THM formation in water supply systems”, Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology, 10 (1), 79-99, doi: 10.1007/s11157-011-9229-8.

Bridgeman, J., 2011, “Water Industry Asset Management in England and Wales: Successes and Challenges”, Water and Environment Journal, 25, 3, 318-326. doi:10.1111/j.1747-6593.2010.00224.x.

Bieroza, M., Baker, A. and Bridgeman, J., 2010, “Assessing organic matter removal efficiency at water treatment works using fluorescence spectroscopy”, Drinking Water Engineering and Science, 3, 63–70, 2010.

Bradford, W.T., Bridgeman, J. and Gaterell, M., 2010, “Water Demand Forecasting for Birmingham”, ICE Proceedings – Engineering Heritage, 163, 1, 39-49, doi: 10.1680/ehah.2010.163.1.39.

Bridgeman, J., Jefferson, B. and Parsons, S.A., 2010, “The development and use of CFD models for water treatment flocculators”, Advances in Engineering Software, 41, 99-109, doi: 10.1016/j.advengsoft.2008.12.007.

Brown, D., West, J.R., Courtis, B.J. and Bridgeman, J., 2010, “Modelling THMs in Water Treatment and Distribution Systems”, ICE Proceedings – Water Management, 163, 4, 165-174, doi 10.1680/wama.2010.163.4.165.

Bieroza, M., Baker, A. and Bridgeman, J., 2009b, “Exploratory analysis of excitation-emission matrix fluorescence spectra with self-organizing maps as a basis for determination of organic matter removal efficiency at water treatment works”, J. Geophys. Res., 114, G00F07, doi:10.1029/2009JG000940.

Bieroza, M., Baker, A. and Bridgeman, J., 2009a, “Relating freshwater organic matter fluorescence to organic carbon removal efficiency in drinking water treatment”, Science of the Total Environment, 407, 1765-1774, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2008.11.013.

Bridgeman, J., Jefferson, B. and Parsons, S.A., 2009,”Computational fluid dynamics modelling of flocculation in water treatment: A review”, Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics, 3, 2, 220–241.

Brint, A., Bridgeman, J. and Black, M., 2009, “The Rise and Future Direction of Asset Management in Utility Industries”, J. Operational Research Society, 60, S106-113, doi: 10.1057/jors.2008.174.

Courtis, B.J., West, J.R. and Bridgeman, J., 2009b, “Chlorine Demand-Based Predictive Modelling of THM Formation in Water Distribution Networks”, Urban Water Journal, 6, 6, 407-415, doi: 10.1080/15730620903038461.

Courtis, B.J., West, J.R. and Bridgeman, J., 2009a, “Temporal and Spatial Variations in Bulk Chlorine Decay within a Water Supply System”, J.ASCE – Environmental Engineering, 135, 3, 147-152, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9372(2009)135:3(147).

Bridgeman, J., Jefferson, B. and Parsons, S.A., 2008, “Assessing floc strength using CFD to improve organics removal”, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 86, 8, 941-950, doi: 10.1016/j.cherd.2008.02.007.

Heather, A.I.J. and Bridgeman, J., 2007, “Water Industry Asset Management – A Proposed Service-Performance Model for Investment”, Water and Environment Journal, 21, 127–132, doi: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2006.00057.x.

Bridgeman, J., 2004, “Public perception towards water recycling in California”, J.CIWEM, 18, 3, 150 – 154, doi: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2004.tb00517.x.

Bridgeman, J., Simms, J.S. and Parsons, S.A., 2002b, “The use and application of particle count data in water treatment”, J.CIWEM, 16, 3, 164-170, doi : 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2002.tb00389.x.

Bridgeman, J., Simms J.S. and Parsons, S.A., 2002a, “Practical and theoretical analysis of relationships between particle count data and turbidity”, J.Water Supply: Research and Technology – AQUA, 51. 5, 263-271.