The 2021 Green Infrastructure Designer Survey: The Results and Lessons Learned

June 8, 2022

Wednesday, June 8 at 2 ET | Register Here

In 2021, Rob Woodman prepared a 30 question survey for designers of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) – both civil engineers and landscape architects. Participants were asked to answer questions about their typical design process, engagement and involvement in installation, and the connection between (or lack thereof) between the designer and post installation ongoing maintenance.

The survey included questions such as: Are specifications for plant establishment included in the bid package? Are pre-bid meetings mandatory? Is the designer involved in construction oversight? Is maintenance budgeted for? Are post project forensics completed prior to starting the next project? and a general question: What is the biggest challenge in the furtherance of green infrastructure?.

Well, the results are in. Designers from states across the country have completed the survey and some interesting feedback has been compiled. This presentation will provide a summary of the results for all 30 questions and draw suggested conclusions on specific common threads and the need for a more collaborative approach to GSI projects from concept through to completion.

About Ferguson Waterworks

As one of the nation's largest waterworks companies, Ferguson Waterworks offers contractors and municipalities a reliable network of locations and highly trained associates. We are also an emerging leader in urban green infrastructure and low impact development. We have addressed a growing focus on green technology by expanding our services and products to reflect the needs of our communities.


Robert Woodman, PE, CPESC, NGICP

National Manager - Urban Green Infrastructure, Ferguson Waterworks

Rob graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. He spent the first 10 years as design and project engineer for a private engineering consulting firm, gaining experience and expanding his knowledge of the industry on a wide variety of civil and stormwater engineering design projects for private and public sector clients throughout New England. In 2014 Rob took an opportunity to leverage his expertise in innovative stormwater and green infrastructure treatment systems and transitioned from consulting to the product, solution and innovation side of the industry. Rob now serves Ferguson Enterprises as the National Manager of Urban Green Infrastructure and supports engineers, landscape architects and designers on site development and green infrastructure systems overcoming design and permitting challenges with a suite of innovative solutions. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Maine and Pennsylvania, NGICP certified, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sedimentation Control, Maine DEP Certified Stormwater Inspector, an ASCE member, and entrepreneur. Rob lives in Gorham, Maine with his wife, Jessi and four children – Elle (14), Sadie (12), Gracie (10) and Judah (7).

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