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Wednesday 12th September

Thursday 13th September


11.00 - 11.30

John Griffiths

HydroMaster: Flood prediction and analyses

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a Meteorology company joined forces with a Hydrology company and an environmental software company? Probably not - Armed with a specification designed by Local Authorities and Water Utilities on what a flood tool should do, we take a look at HydroMaster; The reliable way to get the right assets into the right place at the right time and report.


11.45 - 12.15




12.30 - 13.00

Lee Church

Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats: Replacing Concrete For Erosion Protection

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.


13.15 - 13.45

Iqbal Rassool

Delivering development in a changing climate

With the greater frequency of flood events and publication of changes in guidance related to climate change, flood risk is a significant constraint to the delivery of development and planning of growth. This presentation will outline the changes to the flood risk assessment process and outcomes created by the change in climate change guidance with examples on its implementation.


14.00 - 14.30

Jarred Lester

Delivery Sustainable Drainage Using Rainwater Harvesting Systems

The SuDS Manual firmly promotes rainwater reuse within the home for non-potable applications. Jarred will explain how Rain Activ combines the benefits of rainwater harvesting with a SuDS solution. Collecting and using rainwater at source and then releasing any excess at a controlled and calculated rate. Peak discharge rates as low as 0.05l/sec are now achievable using this method.


14.45 - 15.15

Sam Thomas

Re-shaping the Future for Women in Technology

There is an emerging market for future technologies such as robotics, ROV’s, and UAV’s, firstly due to safety reasons, time, coordination and the ability to use multiple equipment for both weather and environmental purposes. There is a huge importance of breaking down the gender barriers to the future technology. The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ of advanced robotics, autonomous vehicles and AI will have a major impact on the future labour market. This coupled with the empowerment of women will bridge the skills gap and have added economic advantages.


15.30 - 16.00

Jonathan Quinn

Smart and sustainable concrete block solutions

We can manufacture our blocks with up to 87% recycled materials to create a sustainable product. The number of possibilities on how to use concrete interlocking blocks is determined by your imagination; flood defence walls, riverbank protection walls and sea walls are just a few uses of our versatile product. Gravity, inclined and reinforced block retaining walls can all be used for river bank erosion and protection; Concrete interlocking block construction is fast and simple.


16.15 - 16.45

Michelle Steel and Emily Clarke

Innovative partnership working in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is piloting a scheme to reduce surface water flooding by retrofitting slow release water butts and/or raised flower beds within the community. This exciting project is managed by the National Flood Forum and co-funded by Anglian Water and EU Interreg North Sea Fund. Michelle will talk through the project and Emily will discuss the partnership funding approach.