Programme 2018

DAY 1 - 21st November 2018

WORKSHOP: Sustainable Drainage Systems: implementing effective surface water management measures




Chair’s opening remarks

Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer


Adopting, maintaining and approving SUDs systems: what does this mean in practice?

  • Outlining the key delivery partners and adoption responsibilities
  • Exploring the different approaches to SUDS adoption
  • Validating SUDs installation and monitoring post development

Richard Ashley, emeritus professor of urban water – department of civil and structural engineering, University of Sheffield


How can planners work with developers and contractors to ensure responsibility and maintenance of SUDs?
Sue Illman, CIC champion for flood mitigation and resilience, Illman Young Landscape Design
Owen Davies, Flood Risk Manager, Royal Borough of Greenwich


Ensuring confidence in SuDS performance through good design

  • Exploring key concepts in designing SuDS structures
  • The value of using a hydraulic model in SuDS design
  • Analysing SuDS to assess performance

Max Anderson, product manager, MicroDrainage, Innovyze 


Question and answer session



Afternoon refreshments


Adoption of SUDS schemes by water companies: essential guidance from Water UK

  • Assessing the adoption criteria for water companies
  • Outlining the various stakeholder responsibilities within the adoption process
  • Exploring how water companies can combine water savings with flood risk management

David Strang, senior legal and policy adviser, Water UK


What does the future of storm water drainage look like?

2019 will likely see the publishing of Sewer for Adoption 8 which see Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) included as part of the adoptable drainage scheme. Using case study and feedback from a wide-ranging thought leadership campaign Wavin will look at what the future of storm water drainage might look like

Martin Lambley, product manager, Wavin


Case Study: Blue Green solutions for an entire city – Hull

Hull is liable to flooding from many different sources (pluvial / surface water, fluvial and tidal inundation).  This session will focus on the application of Blue Green solutions (Sustainable Drainage or SuDS) across Hull, including discussion on:

  • Identifying where to apply Blue Green interventions using digital techniques – identifying Hotspots
  • How the most beneficial stormwater removal method was assessed per hotspot
  • Results and costs

Peter Holt, senior engineer – stormwater management, ARUP


Question and answer session


Chair’s closing remarks


Workshop close

Day 2 – 22nd November 2018

Flood Management Forum

08:30 Registration and refreshments
09:00 Chair’s opening remarks
Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer

Delivering Defra’s 25 year plan for the environment: drivers, incentives and obligations

  • Outlining the major strategic objectives for flood risk management and climate resilience
  • Establishing priorities for resilient flood risk management 
  • Are there incentives to support delivery of the plan?

Panel discussion: what does delivery of the 25 year plan look like?

  • Determining key deliverables and translating them into actions
  • Examining the barriers to delivery and how can the industry work together to overcome them?
  • Assessing resource and skills required to deliver the plan
  • Unpicking funding models and opportunities for more effective collaboration

Innes Thomson, chief executive, Association of Drainage Authorities
Michael Timmins, director – water north, AECOM
Andrew Sissons,deputy director of economics and social science,Environment Agency


The National Infrastructure Assessment: understanding what it means for flood management and climate resilience

Matt Crossman, team leader, National Infrastructure Commission


Looking towards a future six (perhaps) year FCRM programme

Reflecting on the current six year programme:

  • What are we achieving?
  • What have we learned so far?

Reflecting on a future programme

  • What could we achieve?
  • What are the choices?

Ken Allison, director allocation & asset management, Environment Agency


Question and answer session


Networking and refreshments break


Stakeholder response panel

Providing clarity for flood risk management authorities and stakeholders on holistic infrastructure needs, including:

  • Flooding and climate resilience
  • Opportunities
  • Funding

Paul Cobbing, chief executive, National Flood Forum

Clare Dinnis, deputy director FCRM strategy, flood and coastal risk management, Environment Agency

Mike Gallop, director - route asset management, Network Rail


Heralding a new era for procurement: Next Generation Supplier Arrangement

  • Outlining the new arrangement and methodology for suppliers: what does it mean in practice?
  • An outcomes-based approach: assessing the major changes
  • Analysing how the new framework will make best use of innovative commercial arrangements to improve sustainability, value for money and outcome delivery

Phil Younge, deputy director, Environment Agency


Case Study: Moving at pace: constructing the Mytholmoroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme

  • Setting out the context of the scheme
  • Assessing viable local engineering options
  • Integrating natural flood management into the scheme
  • Working with partners to reduce surface water flood risk
  • Next stages for the scheme: improving flood resilience, emergency planning and coordination

Steven Lee, assistant director strategic infrastructure, Calderdale Borough Council

Adrian Gill, area flood risk manager, Environment Agency


Case Study: The Fairbourne masterplan: decommissioning of an entire village – a multi-stakeholder approach

  • Evaluating the scale of the problem: taking into consideration both technical and socio- economic challenges
  • Lessons learned from the early stages of community engagement and involvement
  • Creating a community master plan, the first of its kind: delivering a complex, long term, flexible, change management process to move an entire village

Lisa Goodier, senior project manager, flood & coastal erosion risk management, Gwynedd Council


Question and answer session



Networking lunch
Coastal defence


Case Study: Securing your assets through effective partnerships: Team2100’s Thames Estuary Asset Management programme

  • An update on the Environment Agency’s largest flood risk management programme
  • What are the key challenges, solutions and innovations of the past 3 years? What lessons can apply to the remainder of the project?
  • Pooling resource and creating successful collaboration: optimising assets through a multi-stakeholder approach

Darren Milson, programme manager, Jacobs


Case Study: Constructing the Boston Barrier Tidal Defence: protecting 14,000 homes from flood

  • Progress to date and next steps for the scheme
  • Resolving key challenges for the defence: Reviewing changes and considerations since the initial design
  • Outlining key milestones for the scheme
  • Digital delivery and the ‘virtual project’

Adam Robinson, project director – boston barrier, Environment Agency
Jim Gelder, design lead – boston barrier, BAM Nuttall Mott MacDonald Joint Venture


Case Study: Delivering Fairhaven and Church Scar Coastal Defence Scheme

  • Outlining the scale of risk and the flood management measures being put in place
  • Working collaboratively with partners to deliver the scheme
  • Exploring the funding and partnership arrangements for the scheme
  • Assessing value added to community and economy

Stephen Ball, chief engineer, Fylde Council


Question and answer session



Afternoon refreshment break


Case Study: Newhaven: Flood Defences and Regeneration

  • Drivers: tidal flood risk in Newhaven
  • Construction challenges in a busy industrial town
  • Delivering on our promises

Gordon Wilson, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager - Solent and South Downs Area, Environment Agency
Oliver Sykes,
Project Manager - Solent and South Downs Area, Environment Agency  


Case Study: Holding back the floods: becoming an International Water Resilient City

Hull is one of five international Water Resilient Cities. Hull City Council has been central to securing unparalleled levels of investment into water infrastructure through a committed partnership model. The City is now focused on Living with Water and this session will explore:

  • How the partnership operates
  • What has been delivered in Hull
  • Why Hull is a world leader in water resilience

Alex Codd, city planning manager, Hull City Council

Natural Flood Management


Case Study: Developing a sensitive and sustainable approach to managing flood risk

  • Addressing the unique challenges of working within sites of special specific interest
  • Using natural resources to reduce flood risk: constructing leaky dams and pond desilting works with local woods to slow flows
  • Detailing a best practice approach to ecological mitigation

Tom Palmer, senior design engineer – flood services, Essex County Council

An international approach


Sharing lessons from the Netherlands: a country below sea level

  • Outlining major schemes and innovations in flood and coastal risk management
  • Evaluating how schemes are adding value to climate resilience
  • Working with the environment: Room for the River, an experimental natural flood management programme
  • International collaboration and partnership working to harness innovation and global best practice

Chris Zevenbergen, professor of flood resistance of urban systems, IHE Delft


Question and answer session


Chair’s closing remarks

Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer


Conference close


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