Flooding events across the UK due to climate change have underscored the importance of ensuring critical infrastructure is protected.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that by 2100 sea levels could rise by two meters, while a recent report compiled by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers urges engineers to consider preparing for a rise of three meters*.
Current infrastructure, often not equipped to withstand predicted increase in sea levels and storms, is at risk. It is therefore vital that the engineering community invest in solutions in preparation for changes in climatic conditions.
The Industrial Flooding seminar will outline the impact of the increase in flooding on the engineering community and identify best practice to protect your infrastructure effectively both now and into the future. This unique event brings together cross-sector lessons learned from flooding incidents from sectors including nuclear, biomass and water. Learn how best to retrofit your assets and implement future infrastructure design specifications for greater protection.
As well as the one day seminar, do not miss the pre-event half day workshop ‘BS EN ISO 14090 Adaptation to climate change – Principles, requirements and guidelines’, hosted by Climate Sense and BSI which will outline the requirements of the new standard and what this means for your organisation.
(*Rising Seas: The Engineering Challenge. Published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on 12 November 2019)
Why attend the Industrial Flooding seminar?
"To make full use of our engineers’ essential skills and ideas, the decision-making processes (from business and finance, to local planning and national policy) need to change in order to have these engineering solutions implemented. Just because a certain technical response exists, does not mean it is being used. Joining in these discussions will help ensure that engineers’ voices can be heard. This will ensure that their known solutions can be adopted, and that their good ideas and practices can be shared."
Doogie Black, Founding Director, Climate Sense
"Great innovative and evolutionary engineering has been a backbone of industrial change in the UK and elsewhere for centuries. It’s one of the biggest facilitators that has allowed us to adapt and progress. As we face the greatest challenge impacting the future continuation of the human race, we need engineering leadership to show people the way by demonstrating practically that there is a way!"
Lee Pitcher, Head of Resilience, Yorkshire Water
Click here to read the full speaker interviews ahead of the event.
Attend the Industrial Flooding seminar to:
- Hear case studies from leading engineering organisations including E.ON, EDF Energy, Yorkshire Water, AWE and Anglian Water
- Make the most out of flood modelling to predict flow paths and rates to make the right planning choices
- Learn best practice for retrofitting current assets as well as designing new assets to withstand more frequent and increased severity of weather events
- Ensure you are meeting the requirements of the new standard BS EN ISO 14090 by attending our half-day workshop hosted by Climate Sense and BSI
- Network with health, safety and environment, flooding risk managers, design engineers from engineering organisations as well as experts from government agencies, academia and flooding protection providers
Key programme highlights:
- Environment Agency cover their plans for TE2100, the project to adapt the Thames estuary in preparation for tidal flood risk
- Hear from E.ON about the management of a recent flooding incident at Blackburn Meadows
- EDF Energy share their flooding strategy for nuclear new build at Hinkley Point C and Sizewell nuclear plants
- HR Wallingford discuss how they are protecting critical infrastructure against coastal flood risk
Hear from Yorkshire Water about how they are planning to adapt Hull to adjust to flooding conditions in their Living with Water project
Confirmed speakers include:
- Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
- Cantor Mocke, London Flood Risk Manager, Environment Agency
- Tim Allmark, Superintending Inspector – Nuclear Safety Professional Lead for Civil Engineering and External Hazards, Office for Nuclear Regulation
- Jonathan Jones, Design Authority - Safety Case Branch Manager, EDF Energy
- David Ashworth, Lead Water and Wastewater Engineer, AWE
- Lee Pitcher, Head of Resilience, Yorkshire Water
- Craig Atkin, Site Manager, Blackburn Meadows, E.ON
- Jonathan Glerum, Regional Flood Risk Manager, Anglian Water
- Ben Gouldby, Chief Technical Director of Flood Risk, HR Wallingford
Don't miss our half-day pre-seminar workshop on 17 March : BS EN ISO 14090 Adaptation to climate change – Principles, requirements and guidelines
Those attending this workshop will learn about:
The need to adapt to the climate crisis; how to assess the impacts of global heating on your activities, products, and services and what might form a Business Case for adaptation in a rapidly changing world;
Why standards are an important tool in scaling climate resilience where it is most needed; the value in using ISO 14090 as a tool to kick-start, progress and / or perfect your organisation’s resilience to climate change.
Key concepts in adaptation tool ISO 14090, including:
- Capacity assessment and decision making - Do you have the knowledge inside your organisation to make the right decisions at the right moments?
- The different components of your climate impacts, risks and vulnerability – How effective is your ability to manage these?
- Steps in assembling an Adaptation Plan – How do you address impacts in a systemic fashion?
- Implementing the Adaptation Plan – Is the Plan integrated into workflows so adaptation is ‘business as usual’?
- Indicators, Monitoring and Evaluation – Do you think about learning and continual improvement?
- Co-benefits in the context of Sustainability, Environmental management, Infrastructure asset management
Technical Advisory Board
- Tim Fox, Chair, Process Industries Division, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- Simon M Whatley, Director, mech2oengineering Ltd
- Richard Tiplady, Chair of the Oil, Gas and Chemical Committee, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- John Chappell, Director of Asset Management & Continuous Improvement, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
- Carola Koenig, Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London
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