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Modelling Urban Drainage Risk - SOLD OUT

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 27 February 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €395.00
    Non-Members: €445.00

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C1, C2

Course Overview

Risk based assessment within urban drainage networks is now embedded as business as usual within most Water Companies. The ability to assess risk in a common way, enabling investment planning is fundamental to delivering a catchment strategy.

This course will provide an overview of how these risk-based processes embedded within Drainage Area Plans (DAP) have developed over time, and understanding how to develop, measure and assess risk within a catchment. This will include global flood risk, pollution risk and how operational, asset and structural failure can be measured in the same way.

Course Aim

To provide delegates with an overview of the risk based assessment of urban drainage (sewerage) networks, looking at understanding the prioritisation of investment in modelling programmes and then how to assess and prioritise risk at catchment level.

Course Objectives

After the course, the participants should understand:

  • How catchments can be prioritised based on risk, allowing targeted investment;
  • How catchment risk should influence hydraulic model development;
  • The principles of catchment flood risk assessment and visualisation;
  • The principles of catchment pollution risk assessment and visualisation;
  • How these principles can be attributed to all asset failures;
  • How to present a Risk Based Strategy
  • The significance and Criticality of Confidence.


  • History of Drainage Catchment Assessment
  • The Development of the Risk Based Approach;
  • Confidence – In tools, data and process and how this influences risk;
  • How model development can be targeted based on risk;
  • Urban Drainage Flood Risk Assessment;
    • 1D and 2D
  • Urban Drainage Pollution Assessment;
  • Understanding Structural and Operational Risk;
  • Assessing Critical Asset Failure;
  • Building the Risk Portfolio within a catchment;
  • Presenting the Catchment Risk Profile and how investment should be targeted.

Who Should Attend?

Consulting Engineers, Local Authority and Water Company staff who are going to be exposed for the first time to Risk Based Drainage Planning or are relatively new to the process, or staff seeking an overview of the process to manage or lead delivery.

The course will not require modelling software or specific technical input.

Trainer Profile

James Hale BSc Hons MSc CEng C.WEM MCIWEM MInstLM

James is a Technical Director with RPS Group, sits on the CIWEM Urban Drainage Group Committee where he is responsible for Professional Development and has been working in urban drainage modelling for nearly 20 years.

A Chartered Engineer and Chartered Water and Environment Manager, James has worked with Water Companies in the UK and Ireland to develop modelling standards and approaches including model build and verification standards, as well as delivering large scale drainage area plan modelling programmes over his career. James is also an approved Lead Auditor for several water companies, providing high level and detailed audit provision for DAP, Scheme and ICM models within the UK.

James has supported, developed and implemented Risk Based approaches to urban drainage management for several Water Companies in the UK as well as Irish Water.

James has a special interest in Urban Flooding, and has undertaken research which led to the Integrated approaches that are prevalent today. He has also pioneered work for multiple water companies relating to integrated modelling and the application of risk based assessment methodologies to the drainage area planning process.

James also developed and leads the RPS Post Graduate Certificate in Managing Urban Drainage in collaboration with the University of Derby.

Key expertise:

  • Hydraulic modelling, model build and verification and auditing;
  • Integrated modelling and 2D assessment;
  • Intervention strategy development and optioneering;
  • Drainage Area Planning and Sewerage Management Planning;
  • Risk Based Strategy Development and Implementation;
  • Project planning and programme management;
  • Modelling training and development;
  • Modelling specification development;



Make a Booking

27 February 2019


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.