Get the most up to date information on our flood management sector, what plans and investment to expect in the next 12 to 24 months

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan
(Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

Date: 15th March 2018

Sponsored by:
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Flooding in Ireland is an ongoing issue and flood management executives need to know what to expect for future flooding events, what’s changing in our climate, what’s new in terms of frame works and regulations and what products and services can assist in managing future floods.

This event typically books up quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place. The Early Bird Rate of €395.00 + VAT (Normal rate €495.00 + VAT) is still available, allowing you to attend, come out with a better understanding of developments in your sector and save money as well.

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats are booked, so act quickly to avail of the saving.

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6 Structured CPD Points

This conference will cover a number of key topics including:

  • CFRAM – The National CFRAM Programme & Overview of the Capital Works Programme
  • Why the CFRAM capital programme can only be part of the measures to reduce the State’s flood risk profile
  • SUDS – Current thinking for better urban surface water management
  • Climate change & flood management 
  • Planning Implications
  • Flood related claims – Insurance & Loss assessment
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Flood Mapping
  • Environmental Impact Assessment & Flood Management
  • Improving our understanding of Turlough flooding and what can be done in the future

Who Should Attend?

This event will be of real interest to all engineers, civils contractors, local authorities, government departments, consultants, flood management consultants, water services and flood management suppliers, semi state agencies, regulators, universities, legal experts to the sector.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks by conference chairperson
Paul Singleton, Chartered Civil / Environmental Engineer, specialising in flood risk assessment, SuDS and environmental assessment, McCloy Consulting


Opening Address:
Speaker: Mark Adamson, Assistant Chief Engineer, Flood Relief & Risk Management Services, OPW

An overview of flood risk management in Ireland, with a review of the CFRAM Programme and the recently published Flood Risk Management Plans, and a look forward to the work programmes for the coming years, including:

  • Capital flood relief programme,
  • The increasing role that non-structural measures will have to play,
  • The role of natural flood management,
  • Tackling climate change, and,
  • The second cycle of implementation of the EU ‘Floods’ Directive.


SUDS – Current thinking for better urban surface water management
Speaker: John Paul Rooney, Chartered Engineer, Associate, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers

  • Overcoming barriers to SuDS implementation.
  • The need for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in modern urban development.
  • The benefits of SuDS in flood management, water quality treatment and provision of water as an asset.
  • Source control Techniques
  • Greenfield Runoff

    Climate change & flood management

  • Incorporation of RCP 8.5 climate change scenarios into flood hazard mapping


Integrated catchment management – realising benefits for towns and cities
Speaker: Anthony McCloy, Chartered Engineer FIEI, Director – McCloy Consulting

  • The vision for ICM
  • Focus on flood risk reduction through catchment management measures
  • The importance of benchmarking existing datasets – what’s involved
  • Risk management authorities & collaborative working
  • Innovative approaches to manage runoff and flood risk
  • Case study – integrating flood risk reduction measures as part of urban regeneration


The Law on Flooding
Speaker: Danielle Conaghan, Partner, Arthur Cox

  • Rights of riparian landowners to take reasonable flood defence action
  • The Law of Nuisance
  • Requirements for statutory undertakers delivering flood relief / defence works
  • Sewer flooding
  • Pending water Environment Bill discussed – to give full effect to the water framework directive, including addressing outstanding infringements


Coffee break and chance to network


Flood related claims, insurance, risk & Loss assessment
Speaker: Sean Coleman, Coleman Risk

  • Changing weather patterns and the future
  • Risk Management –
    – clients
    – insurance industry
    – government


The costs and implications of Flood – insured and uninsured losses-remediation measures
Speaker: Phil Hermitage, Managing Director, Integrity Risk & Claims

  • The cost of claims (insured and uninsured)
  • Flood insurance in the future


Why do Communities need Flood Insurance Bill
Speaker: Jer Buckley, Irish National Forum of Community Flood Committees

  • How the Bill came about.
  • What stages has it gone through in the Dail.
  • This Bill is the first of its kind in Europe, will it be passed and what changes can be expected


Group Q&A


Lunch and chance to network


Flood Forecasting at national scales: some UK experiences
Speaker: Dr Steven Cole, Head, Hydrological Forecasting Group, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK

  • Countrywide forecasting “everywhere”
  • Coping with uncertainty: probabilistic forecasting
  • Methods for Rapid Response Catchments
  • Assessing forecast performance
  • Real-time flood impact forecasts


Improving our understanding of Turlough/Groundwater flooding
Speaker: Dr. Ted McCormack, Groundwater Flooding Programme, Geological Survey Ireland

  • What is Groundwater flooding?
  • The Geological Survey GWFlood Programme
  • Monitoring Groundwater Flooding
  • Mapping Groundwater Flooding
  • Modelling Groundwater Flooding


Environmental Impact Assessment & Flood Management
Speaker: Fiona Patterson, Senior Environmental Consultant, Arup


Conference Close

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Murphy Surveys

Established in 1983, Murphy Surveys is committed to providing world-class survey solutions cost-effectively, through a combination of highly qualified personnel and the most cutting-edge technologies available. With our substantial experience and client-centred approach, we understand the challenges faced by our clientele, and offer 30 customisable services to meet any unique requirement.

Sean ColemanSean Coleman

Senior Risk Consultant, Coleman Risk Consulting

Sean Coleman is the owner of Coleman Risk consulting.

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Sean has more than 35 years’ experience as a Risk Management Practitioner with experience across a very broad range of organisations and disciplines. He has worked with a number of Insurers and was Risk Consulting Practice Leader for Marsh in Ireland up until 2012. Sean has worked with a diverse range of clients (From Online Gaming to Government Enforcement Agencies) in the implementation of Risk Management systems.

Anthony McCloyAnthony McCloy

Chartered Engineer FIEI, Director – McCloy Consulting

Anthony has been Managing Director of McCloy Consulting since 2008, and the company is an industry leader providing consultancy services to both public and private clients.

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As a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland, he retains a technical ‘hands on’ role within the company and is nationally recognised for his contributions in the field of Sustainable Drainage. Anthony regularly speaks at conferences and seminars, provides University lectures, delivers National SuDS training workshops and has contributed to National and Local Guidance.

Mark AdamsonMark Adamson

Assistant Chief Engineer, Flood Relief & Risk Management Services, OPW

Mark Adamson is the Head of the Flood Relief and Risk Management Division in the Office of Public Works in Ireland, where he has worked since 1998 having previously worked for a few years as a consultant in the UK and overseas.

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Mark is responsible for the implementation of the National CFRAM Programme and the EU ‘Floods’ Directive in Ireland, the advisory service to planning authorities on flood risk, climate change adaptation planning for flood risk management, and for the technical aspects of the design of flood relief schemes. Mark was also Chairman of the EU Working Group on Floods for six years.

Danielle ConaghanDanielle Conaghan

Solicitor, Arthur Cox

Danielle Conaghan, Partner in the Environment & Planning Group in Arthur Cox, has over 12 years’ experience working in the energy, renewables and natural resources, water & wastewater, social infrastructure, and food & drink sectors.

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She is a founder member of Arthur Cox’s Food & Drink Group. Danielle has a keen interest in project management and uses those skills to help clients secure and reduce the risk of successful challenge to project consents. She has significant expertise in oral hearings; judicial reviews; injunction proceedings; civil proceedings and defence of criminal enforcement proceedings across all sectors. She is a water law specialist.

Danielle regularly presents at national Environmental, Planning and Energy conferences; lectures on the Law Society of Ireland Diploma in Environmental & Planning Law, the King’s Inn Diploma in Environmental and Planning Law, and is co-author, with Dr. Yvonne Scannell, of the annual environmental chapter of ‘Construction Projects: Law and Practice’, published by Thomson Reuters. She is recognised as being a “next generation” lawyer (The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2017).

Ted McCormackTed McCormack

Groundwater Flooding Programme, Geological Survey Ireland

After graduating as a civil engineer from University College Dublin in 2009, Ted McCormack studied a Masters in Hydrology from Trinity College Dublin.

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He specialised in the hydrogeology of karst regions during his PhD and subsequent postdoctoral fellowships. Ted has authored and co-authored numerous groundwater flooding related publications, and in 2016 he began co-managing the Groundwater Flood Programme in the Geological Survey Ireland. As part of this project he works alongside the OPW and local authorities to investigate, monitor and map groundwater flooding in Ireland.

Paul SingletonPaul Singleton

Senior Project Engineer, McCloy Consulting

Paul is a Chartered Civil & Environmental Engineer, specialising in Flood Risk Assessment, sustainable drainage (SuDS) and environmental assessment.

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He has worked extensively throughout UK and Ireland.  Paul has experience of a range of hydraulic modelling software and has led significant river modelling projects with application of 1D / 2D techniques to investigate complex mechanisms of flooding.

More recently he spent a 2 year sabbatical in in East Africa, where he led a team in delivery of water supply schemes for developing communities with works to the capital value of £400k. He returned to Ireland in 2016 to establish the McCloy Consulting Dublin office.

Paul is responsible for providing workshops and training seminars on flood risk and SuDS to the public and private sector throughout the UK and Ireland.

Fiona PattersonFiona Patterson

Senior Environmental Consultant, Arup

Fiona Patterson is a senior environmental consultant at Arup with over 17 years’ experience.

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Fiona primarily manages the environmental aspects of major engineering projects through the planning process. This includes constraints and route/site options analysis. EIA screening, EIA and Appropriate Assessment.

Fiona has a particular interest in ecological impact assessment especially in relation to projects which are located in or adjacent to or which have potential pathways to European designated sites such as SACs and SPAs. The design of these projects requires specific attention on the avoidance of adverse impacts on the integrity of these sites. Therefore, she works closely with the designers and key stakeholders during the design process with this particular focus in mind.
Fiona has managed and delivered environmental services for a number of flood schemes in the Cork region through the planning process.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

EARLY BIRD RATE €395 + VAT per Person – (Closing Friday 9th March) Normal Rate @ €495 + VAT.

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

CMG Events Conference Discount

  • 10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.

The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event.

Tel: 01 293 4764


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