Waterco to sponsor & speak at the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Flooding Conference

1st Jul 2019

Waterco are proud to announce our support and attendance at the 17th Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Flooding conference at the Novotel Hotel, Cardiff Bay, on July 4th  2019.

The conference will cover everything from policy, research and current practice with sessions held by industry leading figures from the governmental, NGO, academic and private sectors. We’ve included some details about the speakers in attendance and the topics to be discussed at this years conference below. 

The order of the day is separated into four distinct sessions, each featuring a number of different speakers and topics. The chairs of each session will be as follows; 


Attendees are welcome to enter the venue from 9am where they will go through registration and have time for a quick coffee and look around the exhibition. Official proceedings kick off at 9:45am with a welcome from ICE vice chair Yvonne Murphy.


Session 1 (Start Time – 9:50 am)

Chaired by Yvonne Murphy, session 1 will feature the keynote speech by Sir David Henshaw, interim chair at National Resources Wales. 

Question Time – 10:10 am

Session 2 (Start Time – 10:20 am)

Includes two Welsh government speakers; James Morris, head of flood and coastal erosion risk management, who will talk on Welsh government national strategy consultation and Jonni Tomos, senior planning policy manager. 

Q&A / Discussion – 11:00 am 

Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing – 11:25 am

Session 3 (Start Time – 11:40am) 

Met Office scientist Carol McSweeney kicks off session three with an overview of the UK Climate Projections of 2018 (UKCP18). Carol will be followed by Simon James, Natural Recourses Wales (NRW) and Neil Hunter, Jeremy Benn Associates (JBA), who will be focusing on ‘A New National Flood Risk Assessment for Wales’.

Elliott Gill, technical director for Stantec is up next with a talk on ‘resilient cities’. Session 3 is concluded by Paul Grabham, DCWW drainage capacity manager, who plans to present a brief overview of the Welsh Water’s program for delivery of drainage and wastewater management plans (DWMPs) as well as the current progress of the ongoing ICE pilot study in the River Clwyd river basin management plan area.

Q&A / Discussion – 12:45am

Lunch & Exhibition Viewing (13:00pm – 14:00pm)

Attendees will have a 1-hour break for lunch and have a chance to catch up on the exhibition if they haven’t already done so.

Session 4 (Start Time – 14:00pm)

The final session of the day will begin with Prof John Reynolds, who works closely with Waterco  who will present a brief summary on the North Wales Tidal Lagoon. Following John is Eva Linnell, civil engineer at Atkins and David Brain, Cardiff City Council – SuDS. Next up will be Matt Clegg, Black & Veatch, speaking on the effect of circular economies on the uptake of natural flood management. The final speaker at this year’s conference is Kristian James from Public Health Wales, who will speak on the social impacts of flooding.

Q&A / Discussion – 15:20pm – 15:30pm

The conference will then close with some concluding remarks and the ICE viewpoint from vice chair Yvonne Murphy. If you would like to stick around after the conference finishes at 15:35 pm there will plenty of refreshments on offer! 

The event is being supported by the Welsh Government and is being sponsored by Waterco along with Stantec and Black & Veatch. 


Prof John Reynolds & The North Wales Tidal Lagoon

Waterco have been working closely with Prof John Reynolds and North Wales Tidal Energy to promote the multi-billion pound pound North Wales Tidal Lagoon project. 

North Wales Tidal Energy is looking to the feasibility of the lagoon stretching 22 miles between Prestatyn and Llandudno. Once complete, the project will be able to provide energy for over one million homes and would bring over £11bn to the local economy. 

North Wales Tidal Lagoon - John

Waterco look forward to meeting other industry professionals at the event on the 4th of July. 

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