Theatre 4: Sponsored By AquaClear

The line-up for 2018 will be released soon...

Wednesday 12th September

Thursday 13th September


11.00 - 11.30

Gary Nel

Geocurve, Leading by Innovation and mobile scanning the Thames defences.

Geocurve had to innovate to find a way to accurately survey 185km of Thames defence 12 times in 3 years. I would like to share our exciting journey, lessons learnt, added benefits and why I believe this should be used on other major rivers to help our fight against flooding and rising water levels.


11.45 - 12.15

Fred Dahl

Temporary flood barriers built to meet specific case needs

Traditionally the world has looked at sandbags as the only temporary alternative to Permanent flood barriers. During the last years there have been multiple new temporary flood barriers launched. Many have been built by good practitioners but only some has been certified and tested. Even today most tenders asking for temporary flood barriers show a lack of knowledge of the key parameters ensuring a good performing temporary flood barrier in floods after floods. Water is a difficult media. Where the flood comes, how high it comes and what kind of forces it brings, will be different every time. However, the leaders in temporary flood barriers today have such know how that they can with precision build their solution to the specific case need of protection.


12.30 - 13.00

Karl Hall

The Award Winning Much Wenlock Flood Alleviation Scheme

Much Wenlock, Shropshire, has a long history of flooding, with 64 properties and an electricity substation flooded 2007. To manage the risk, the Much Wenlock Flood Action Group installed Hydro-Logic® £5,000 flood warning systems in 2014, which was complemented in 2017 by a £2m Flood Alleviation Scheme. The scheme reduces flood risk to 171 properties and won the “sustainability” category in the Environment Agency’s annual Project Excellence Awards.


14.00 - 14.30

Holger Kessler

Solutions for designing infiltration SuDS systems

This seminar will demonstrate a national dataset and a spatial decision support tool to evaluate the suitability of the subsurface for the installation of SuDS systems. The BGS infiltration SuDS Map draws on a wide range of national datasets, such as ground permeability, depth to groundwater and ground stability to provide an assessment of key ground characteristics that will need to be considered when designing for infiltration SuDS.


14.45 - 15.15

Stephen Hodgson

Challenges that the professional flood industry is experiencing & how to overcome these.

Many agencies recognise the strategic importance of property level flood resilience as part of an overall package of measures that will help the UK prepare for the inevitable floods of the future. A great deal of time and effort has been expended by successive governments in trying to understand and create frameworks for the delivery of resilient measures and yet in the face of all this goodwill and spending we are seeing an industry struggle to a point where investment in research and development is stilted, skills and experience are being lost and company liquidations are all too frequent. In our presentation we will think about the challenges faced by those who want to be recognised as experts and specialise in delivering professional flood protection services. We will consider an industry that is at the mercy of the weather, government policy, political will and the economic cycle, and ask if it is possible to develop and establish a specialised industry that is only valued after sporadic freak weather events, without legislative and regulatory support?


15.30 - 16.00

Daniel Ashley

Utilise the 5 th Façade! Blue Roofs

Over the past 100 years the intensity of UK precipitation has increased, and there is now a one-in-three chance of record rainfall hitting part of UK each winter. With urbanisation we need to control the way we handle rainwater! We need good efficient and sustainable solutions for both the existing and future situation. So it’s time to Utilise the 5 th Façade!


16.15 - 16.45

Joanna Bradley

Calling time on surface water runoff pollution.

Flood policy and interventions have tended to focus on preventing the devastation caused by surface water flows and volumes, rather than the insidious and often invisible hazards caused by the pollution carried in the water. Yet, when it rains heavily, hazardous pollutants are washed off impervious surfaces into the sewer network, as well as into rivers, streams and groundwaters. Should we be doing more to tackle this growing problem?