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Enviable line-up for NCE Flood Management 2011 conference

NCE’s Flood Management conference next month is set to host an enviable line-up of speakers examing the industry’s most pressing issues. Book your place today.

NCE this week announced a host of high profile speakers for its annual Flood Management Conference.

Moving forward, this year’s conference will focus less on the content of new legislation arising from the 2007 floods and the Flood and Water Management Act, and more on the implementation of those new policies.

Amongst the expert speakers now confirmed are:

  • Dr Jean Venables, Chief Executive, Association of Drainage Authorities
  • David Rooke, Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency 
  • Daniel Johns, Head of Funding, Insurance & Outcomes, Defra Flood Management
  • Kamal Panchal, Senior Advisor, Local Government Association
  • Richard Ashley, Professor of Urban Water, University of Sheffield
  • David Schofield, Associate, Arup
  • Brian Smith, Sewerage Optimisation Manager, Yorkshire Water
  • John Dora, Principal Engineer and Chair of Network Rail’s Climate Change Adaptation Group, Network Rail

Highlights of the conference include:

  • Essential updates from DEFRA — the latest on the FWMA and more on proposed funding schemes
  • High level strategic overview from the Environment Agency on the Flood and Coastal Risk Management Strategy.
  • Practical presentations from the most forward-thinking Lead Local Flood Authorities- how are they coping with their new responsibilities under the Act?
  • Interactive panel discussion on Partnership Working — discussion on howgovernment policies are impacting flood risk strategies in terms of funding and delivery
  • European Water Framework Directive Case Study: how are sustainability targets driving multi-value flood management projects?
  • Presentation from the British Construction Award Winning Norfolk Broadland Alleviation Project.

Post-Conference Workshop

Post-Conference Workshop

Urban Design and Sustainable Drainage Systems

8th December 2011

With the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) now confirmed to give a long awaited update on the national standards for sustainable drainage systems (Suds) this is post-conference workshop is a must for flood management professionals.

Suds experts will share the latest on sustainable urban design, drawing on cutting edge case studies and international research.

Furthermore the interactive working groups will give delegates the chance to join sustainable drainage practitioners to explore practical case studies and working examples of sustainable drainage methods and best practice.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I sorry I won't be there, but perhaps those that are could impress on the EA and Defra speakers that many flood control schemes are low budget in comparison to highway schemes,, are easily put into effect and have short lead times. They are often labour-intensive too, which must be good news in a time of high unemployment.
    As I understand it the cut-off rate of return for flood protection schemes is higher than the cut-off rate for highway schemes. Yet the latter can save months of misery and huge insurance losses for very little outlay. This is indefensible favouring of road schemes, in my opinion, and I speak as an ex highway and transport man.
    Professor Peter Gardiner FICE

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