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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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.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment & Science Editor at The Irish Times


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


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


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 flood relief schemes
  • Monitoring and mapping groundwater flooding
  • Geological Survey groundwater flood maps


Coffee Break


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?


Q&A session


Lunch and chance to network


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

Speaker: Richard Crowder, Director, Jacobs

  • The National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) programme of work and the need for improved modelling standards and specifications
  • 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


Maintaining Performance of an Arterial Drainage Scheme – The Cashen Estuary Case Study

Speaker: Fabio Spaliviero, Regional Director, Black & Veatch

  • Developing an understanding of an historic Arterial Drainage Scheme
  • Environmental constraints
  • Valuing agricultural benefits
  • Potential options and limitations
  • Long term sustainability


Flood Related Claims, Insurance, Risk and Loss Prevention

Speaker: Sean Coleman, Coleman Risk

  • Loss Prevention in the context of Changing weather patterns
  • Risk Management
    – clients
    – insurance industry
    – government


Q&A session


Conference close

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.

Sean ColemanSean Coleman

Coleman Risk Consulting

Sean Coleman has more than 35 years’ experience as a Risk Management Practitioner with experience across a very broad range of organisations and disciplines.

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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 (On line gaming to Government enforcing agencies) in the implementation of Risk Management systems including Business Continuity employing a wide variety of risk assessment techniques.

In terms of ISO 31000 Sean has co-authored the Irish Guidelines and has sat on the NSAI Risk Management Standards Consultative Committee for 6 years. He is currently the Irish Subject matter expert and representative on 31010 Risk assessment techniques (under revision).

Ted McCormackTed McCormack

Chartered Engineer, Geological Survey Ireland

Ted lead the Groundwater Flood Project (2016-2019) and has recently been appointed as project lead for the newly initiated Groundwater Climate Action Project.

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A specialist in the hydrology and hydrogeology of karst regions, Ted has worked alongside the OPW and local authorities to monitor, model and map groundwater flooding in Ireland using both traditional techniques and remote sensing methods.

Wolfram SchluterWolfram Schluter

Engineer, Office of Public Works

Wolfram Schlüter is a Chartered Engineer and Water and Environmental Manager with over seventeen years’ experience in Consultancy and covering the field of Hydrological Analysis and Flood Risk Management.

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During that time Wolfram managed a wide range of projects throughout Ireland, the UK and New Zealand.

In April of last year, Wolfram joined the Flood Relief and Risk Management Division of the Office of Public Work and is overseeing a team that is working on delivering a range of flood relief schemes throughout the country. Since joining the OPW Wolfram also assisted in developing the new Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management that forms part of the Governments Climate Action Plan.

Richard CrowderRichard Crowder

Director, Jacobs

Dr Richard Crowder is an internationally recognised flood risk management professional with more than 25 years of experience involving research, innovation, project delivery, framework management, and business leadership.

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Richard is known for taking on challenging projects and using innovation and digital delivery to solve problems and deliver projects in new and more efficient ways.

Richard was the lead researcher on the first two flood modelling software benchmarking studies undertaken by the Environment Agency, England. After completing the second of these studies Richard joined Halcrow (now Jacobs) and for the last 10 years has been the director responsible for the Flood Modeller software.

Richard was the project director for the pilot (Lee) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment Management (CFRAM) and the Fingal East Meath CFRAM studies in Ireland. Both studies helped define the CFRAM appraisal process and flood mapping standards in Ireland.

For more than 15 years Richard has held a leadership role in delivering work to the Environment Agency. Roles have included project manager, project director, framework manager, and framework director. Services delivered have covered the full range of flood risk management disciplines including flood modelling, flood forecasting, scheme appraisal, engineering design, and asset management.

Richard has held senior leadership roles in Halcrow, CH2M and now Jacobs. At Halcrow he was Regional Director (Europe) responsible for growth across the water sector. He is currently part of Jacobs’ Water Catchment Management leadership team and is the Director responsible for growth.

Fabio SpalivieroFabio Spaliviero

Regional Director, Black & Veatch

Fabio Spaliviero is a Regional Director at Black & Veatch Ltd with over 20 years’ experience leading and managing the delivery of appraisal and design of flood risk management schemes.

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He leads teams of engineers, environmentalists, modellers and technicians in the South West of England and Ireland working mainly for government and local authorities contracts.  One of his career highlights was responding the 2014 floods in the Somerset Levels which had to be delivered at extreme pace with regular reports to the UK Prime Minister.  Fabio is passionate about engineering and developing new approaches in response to today’s challenges of sustainability and efficiency.

Kevin O’SullivanKevin O’Sullivan

Environment & Science Editor

Kevin O’Sullivan is Environment & Science Editor and lead journalist reporting on climate change with The Irish Times.

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He served as Editor of the paper from 2011 to 2017. He joined The Irish Times in 1997 as Environmental and Food Science Correspondent. In his current role, he has taken a particular interest in sustainability, biodiversity and management of ecosystems.

Jonathan CooperJonathan Cooper

Managing Director, JBA Consulting

Jonathan has over 35 years’ experience in river engineering and restoration, environmental consultancy, strategic catchment management, water resources and hydropower.

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He was Commissioned by the Irish government to lead a team from JBA and planning consultancy Loci to scope and develop the first Flood Risk Management Planning Guidance for the country.

He was Project Director for the Western CFRAM project for the OPW and is now leading the design of a number of post-CFRAM flood schemes. He has also worked on the Lower Lee, Kings Island and Clonakilty flood relief schemes. Within JBA he was Divisional Manager for the Environment Division in the UK and oversaw the growth of the team and successful delivery of wet grassland and raised mire restoration schemes for a range of environmental bodies. In Ireland JBA is a leading ecological consultant for the OPW, both on the Arterial Drainage Maintenance programme and flood relief schemes. He has also overseen a number of river restoration schemes in Dun Laoghaire and Bray, together with a number of fish passes for IFI and Waterways Ireland.

He currently is working for both World Bank and European Investment Bank on Cycle 2 of the Floods Directive in South East Europe and has written guidance on how to delivery green infrastructure within flood protection schemes in Romania.

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


DEFE Flood Barriers is an Irish company which was set up in 2018. We offer customised flood barrier protection for your home, business and community. Our flood barriers are tailored to the specific requirements of our clients, offering a unique, made-to-measure product.

For more information visit www.defefloodbarriers.ie


Working nationally across the UK and Ireland, Watertight project manage PFR (property flood resilience) schemes as a framework provider on behalf of the UK Environment Agency and local authorities in England. The company recently provided IPP (individual property protection) to 108 properties in Crossmolina on behalf of Mayo County Council as part of a pilot project funded by the Office of Public Works.  Watertight has installed flood barriers to commercial properties including the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, and has supply and distribution agreements with the leading manufacturers of flood barriers, doors and other products throughout the UK and Ireland.

For more information visit www.watertightinternational.com


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