Flood Risk ● Modelling ● Defences
● Climate Change ● Groundwater Flooding ● Legal Issues ● Case Studies

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 12th February 2020

This conference will keep you informed on everything you need to know about flood management in Ireland including legislation changes, best practice and will provide highly useful information on what to expect in the future. We will examine flood management nationwide, including recent developments, SuDS and the use of hydraulic modelling in better understanding and management of flood risk. Case studies will be examined, how issues were handled and lessons learned. This is a must-attend event for anyone involved in flood management, particularly engineers, consultants, civil contractors, local authorities, planners, surveyors, semi state bodies to name a few.

On top of the information received on the day, there are excellent networking opportunities throughout the day, giving you the chance to engage with others in your field, make connections, and create possible future business.

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5 Structured CPD Points

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

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

Overview of the OPW Climate Adaption Plan

Speaker: Dr Wolfram Schlüter, Engineer, OPW (Office of Public Works)

  • Climate Change in Ireland
  • Background to the Adaption Plan
  • Overall Goals and Objectives
  • Prioritisation of impacts
  • Case Studies
  • Brief overview of the EU Flood Directive
  • Brief update on the extent of flood relief schemes that have been completed throughout the country

Nature Based Solutions for Flood Management – Drivers and Benefits

Speaker: Jonathan Cooper, Managing Director, JBA Consulting

  • Water Framework Directive and flood management schemes  – why this is important
  • Floods Directive
  • Geomorphological design of flood management schemes
  • Nature based solutions for flood risk – examples and benefits
  • SuDs – how natural processes need to work hand in hand with flood schemes and can be an alternative to schemes with low economic business case

Improving our Understanding of Groundwater Flooding in Ireland

Speaker: Ted McCormack, Chartered Engineer, Geological Survey Ireland

  • Causes and complexities of groundwater flooding in Ireland
  • Examples of groundwater impacted flood schemes
  • Monitoring and mapping groundwater flooding
  • Geological Survey groundwater flood maps

Fingal Case Study: Using surface water management plans to meet the demands of the Floods Directive and the Water Framework Directive.

Speaker: John Paul Rooney, Chartered Engineer, Associate, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting engineers

  • The vital role of natural water retention measures
  • How sustainable storm water management can be supported in planning policy & zoning
  • The benefits and burdens of a changing climate.    

What Mischief Are Lawyers Making About Flood Risk

Speaker: Brendan Slattery, McCann Fitzgerald

  • Why the permission for 197 homes in Galway was quashed on flooding grounds?
  • Why you cannot rely on the judgment dismissing the flooding challenge to a wastewater facility in Cavan?
  • After the hearing in July 2019, what Supreme Court says about the 2009 flooding of UCC?
  • What happened to the 553 metres of flood defence walls in Cork after the successful challenge in 2018?

CFRAM to design – how latest modelling methods support efficient project delivery

Speaker: Richard Crowder, Director, Jacobs

  • Overview of the OPW of the National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) programme of work
  • Overview of the application of hydraulic modelling on CFRAMs, standards, specifications and deliverables
  • The modelling requirements for detailed development of flood relief schemes programmed over the coming decade
  • Advanced flood modelling methods for rapid assessment of flood relief schemes
  • Harnessing the power of cloud computing to deliver work more efficiently and get a better understanding of flood risk

Challenges of Urban Watercourse Modelling – River Poddle

Speaker: Ed Gower, Chief Engineer, Black & Veatch

  • History of flooding (including recent 2011 event).
  • Modelling carried out, focusing on challenges faced from complex urban catchment.
  • Proposed option, including the use of a large upstream storage reservoir.
  • Overview on how the model was used to carry out a reservoir flood study to comply with the Reservoirs Act.

Flooding & Insurance

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award

Brendan SlatteryBrendan Slattery

Partner, McCann Fitzgerald

With almost twenty years’ experience in the areas of environment, planning and climate change, Brendan is recognised as an expert in both planning and environmental law at national and EU level, having advised regulatory authorities, statutory bodies, local authorities and developers on the delivery of a wide range of local and national projects.

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In recent years, Brendan has advised on almost every significant infrastructure project across Ireland spanning the areas of energy, transport, water, wastewater and the agri-business sector.

Brendan lectures significantly in planning law on each of the Professional Practice Course in Conveyancing, the Diploma in Commercial Conveyancing and the Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law.  He also lectures in planning and environmental law on the Diploma in Physical Planning, the Diploma in Environmental Engineering, the MSc in Environmental Science and the MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation.

John Paul RooneyJohn Paul Rooney

Chartered Engineer, Associate, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers

John Paul is an Associate with Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers and leads the Water Engineering section of the company.

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He is a member of the Engineers Ireland Water and Environmental Committee and the 2018 Flood Advisory Group, and for the past 16 years has worked as a contractor and consulting engineer on a broad range of civil and structural engineering projects for the public and private sectors. In recent years, he has undertaken research examining the effectiveness of national, regional and local sustainable drainage policies in Ireland and abroad.

As Roughan & O’Donovan’s scientific lead on the European-funded CEDR WATCH project, John Paul is looking at ways to address the challenge of attaining effective and sustainable stormwater management practices in the face of climate change.

OSI-Logo-250x85Ordnance Survey Ireland is the national mapping agency in the Republic of Ireland. It is an information organisation whose business is to capture, process and distribute spatial information by means of advanced technology.

Ordnance Survey Ireland’s primary product is mapping services. Ordnance Survey Ireland produces urban, rural and tourist and leisure mapping at a variety of scales. This mapping is produced in digital form as well as on paper. In addition, the base data used to create the map products is also used to produce other products such as aerial photography/ orthophotography and Digital Terrain Models and Environmental Reports. It also has an extensive database of historic mapping data from the 1830’s. Ordnance Survey Ireland licenses the use of its data for a wide range of computer based applications such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).



In responding to the challenge of improving flood alleviation in Ireland, Nicolas O’ Dwyer and Black & Veatch have established a partnership which combines global international expertise with local insight and experience.  We are currently working with local authorities and the OPW deliver flood resilient solutions throughout the country. 

For more information visit www.bv.com


Developed for over 40 years, Jacobs’ Flood Modeller software delivers a fully-integrated flood modelling experience, allowing users to model rivers, floodplains and urban areas. Its innovative Flood Cloud service enables users to seamlessly undertake flood modelling using Flood Modeller, TUFLOW and HEC-RAS, at any scale, in the cloud.

For further information, visit www.floodmodeller.com


Bluesky specialises in aerial survey generating Geospatial Data from the most advanced aerial survey equipment available. Products include ortho-rectified aerial photography, Digital Terrain models (DTM), Digital Surface Models (DSM), airborne LiDAR and Topographic Mapping. We undertake a huge amount of aerial survey work in Ireland and have provided accurate terrain data for several flood management schemes around the country. We offer complete national coverage down to smaller sites, such as forests, wind farms, quarries, archaeological sites, coastal and environmentally sensitive areas.

For further information, visit www.bluesky-world.ie

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