Theatre Hall 3
Wednesday 27th September
Thursday 28th September
11.15 - 11.45
For years, local authorities and other government agencies have been the first port of call for householders facing the threat of flooding - with requests for sandbags. The Pitt report from 2007 stated “sandbags do not keep out water" yet 10 years later they are still being issued when effective, Kitemarked products are available that are easier to handle, issue and dispose of and, most importantly, are no more expensive.
12.00 - 12.30
Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats (GCCM’s) are flexible, cement impregnated fabrics that harden on hydration to form a thin, durable, water proof, concrete layer. GCCMs have quickly gained market acceptance as practical and cost effective alternatives to poured, precast or sprayed concrete solutions. This presentation will explain GCCM technology and material properties, followed by Concrete Canvas® case studies of Network Rail, Highways England and the Environment Agency flood control applications.
12.45 - 13.15
BSI offers a variety of certification and testing services for Flood Protection products. Find out how it works and what measures you can put in place to ensure that your products are resilient and comply with regulation.
13.30 - 14.00
Using mechanically stabilised earth principles alongside geotextile technology, combining unique geotextiles & patented interlocking plates allows for strong and easy-to-install geomodular block-structures. Installed on 7,500+ projects world-wide, FlexMSE® is formed into near-vertical flood-walls, retaining structures and erosion-resistant riverbanks & coast-lines. The patented interlocking plates are laid between the rows of filled bags adding to the strength/stability of the structure. Once vegetated, FlexMSE® structures blend naturally into their environment. www.gravitasint.com/products/flexmse
14.15 - 14.45
Dr Paul Webster
Over 700 flood warning systems have been installed by Hydro-Logic Services to support communities and local authorities at risk from flooding. The seminar will describe the typical installations and discuss the circumstances in which they can provide a real benefit to those at risk. It will also discuss how the data collected by these systems helps with understanding flood mechanisms and provides test data for flood forecasting models.
15.00 - 15.30
This session will explore the overall future surface water management challenges facing the UK, highlighting the need to take both floods and droughts into account, and the need to manage surface water to avoid both risks at the same time rather than separately.
15.45 - 16.15
Property Flood Resilience (PFR) significantly reduces the impact of flooding on property, but the information, guidance, standards and training needed to apply it is fragmented and contradictory. A Code of Practice is now being written, crucially involving the insurance industry and this talk will present the latest developments of it and how it will give guidance for best practice to make properties sufficiently resilient to flooding in future.