Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

About this Conference

This year's conference will provide guidance on flood management in Ireland from a number of different angles. We will examine key challenges over the past 12 months, through some practical and interesting case studies. We will look at innovations in flood modelling and forecasting, including early warning systems, and we will discuss common misconceptions regarding multi-functional SuDS in Dublin, and practical guidance on what you should consider when designing. We will also look at how to address flood risk management, river restoration and the water framework agenda in the face of climate change.

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. 

This Conference is a unique live virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the additional interactive elements, as well as increased Q&A opportunities throughout the day, giving you more opportunity to gain real practical insights on the key issues that are important to you.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

John Paul Rooney, Associate, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers

Flood Relief Projects & Legal Challenges

  • Flood relief schemes – typical hurdles and legal challenges
  • Update on Water Framework Directive cases
  • Update on the Water Environment Bill
  • The Bradan Beo Case – where do we go to from here with WFD assessments?

Danielle Conaghan, Partner, Arthur Cox LLP

Innovations in flood modelling and forecasting and Flood hazard mapping

  • Flood modelling in 2022 – what’s new and proven effective
  • Ensemble rainfall/flood forecasting - real-time interpretation
  • Risk-based surface/fluvial flooding and impacts
  • Examples of flood hazard mapping and forecasting models.

Dr Steven Cole, Group Leader, Hydrological Forecasting UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Planning for Current and Future Floodplains

  • Planning Policy and Climate Change.
  • Mapping the river corridor - what this tells us about the future
  • Examples of new and emerging policies supporting flood resilience, green infrastructure and the Water Framework agenda.

John Paul Rooney, Associate, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers.

CASE STUDY - Developing Design Guidance for multi-functional SuDS

  • The challenges and where we are
  • Overcoming common misunderstandings
  • Where we want to get to
  • Roles and responsibilities in the design and evaluation process
  • Legislation and policy – barriers and opportunities
  • Achieving multi-functionality in SuDS – cornerstones of design

Anthony McCloy, Director, McCloy Consulting

CASE STUDY - Pilot Natural Flood Management measures in Inishowen, Co. Donegal: Learnings and Outcomes from planning to construction

  • Scoping and preparation for the project over a three-year period (2018-2020). Community awareness, opportunity mapping with Trinity College and funding arrangements
  • Construction of NFM measures – types of leaky dams installed.
  • Construction techniques, materials and erosion control
  • Outcomes – consultation with community, permissions and consent in an Irish context, management protocols and data gathering.
  • Engaging community - obstacles and challenges.

Dr. Trish Murphy, Project Officer, Inishowen Rivers Trust 

CASE STUDY- The River Camac -Taking a hydro morphological approach to the restoration of urban rivers.  

Jonathan Cooper, Managing Director, JBA

Emily Rick, Geomorphologist, JBA Consulting Engineers and Scientists

Environmental Hazards – Social Vulnerability

Flood Alleviation and Coastal Defence projects - Valuing sustainability and reducing carbon.

  • Key influencing factors in the project optioneering stage
  • How to reduce carbon, keeping sustainability at the core
  • Key factors in project implementation.

Dr David Collery, Lecturer, CivilEngineering & Construction, IT Sligo

Health and Wellbeing Impacts of Flood risk adaptation

  • Recent Irish case studies on coastal flooding/erosion and ongoing international work to illustrate how adaptation processes and decisions can have a lasting impact
  • Adaptation actions and processes - negative impacts that impact community resilience
  • Findings on the impacts of flood risk adaptation on health and wellbeing

Prof. Conor Murphy,Irish Climate Analysis & Research UnitS (ICARUS), Department of Geography, MaynoothUniversity

Mapping Social Vulnerability to Environmental Hazards in Ireland

  • The impact of environmental hazards on people are related to their inability to respond, cope, and recover from hazard events.
  • Using census data, the spatial distribution of vulnerable populations can be mapped.
  • Climate action planning to increase resilience can be informed by this analysis

Dr. James Fitton, ResearchFellow, MaREI Centre, ERI, UCC

Who Should Attend?

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 to name just a few


Danielle Conaghan
Partner, Arthur Cox LLP
Dr Steven Cole
Hydrological Forecasting UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Anthony McCloy
Director, McCloy Consulting
Dr. Trish Murphy
Project Officer, Inishowen Rivers Trust
Jonathan Cooper
Jonathan Cooper
John Paul Rooney
Associate, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers.
Dr David Collery
Lecturer, Civil Engineering & Construction, IT Sligo
Prof. Conor Murphy
Irish Climate Analysis & Research UnitS (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University
Dr. James Fitton
Research Fellow, MaREI Centre, ERI, UCC
Emily Rick
Geomorphologist, JBA Consulting Engineers and Scientists


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.