- 21st February 2018
- Posted by: Sophie Smith
- Category: Blog
The CIWEM Urban Drainage Group (UDG) is holding its ever popular training day at Austin Court, Birmingham, on 21 February 2018. Aimed at people who are relatively new to the profession, the event is arranged by the UDG’s New Member’s Group, which supports new members of the profession towards professional membership and making a career in urban drainage management.
The conference opens this year with an introduction by John Titterington of Stantec, to the UDG Code of Code of Practice for the Hydraulic Modelling of Urban Drainage Systems. This follows a major rewrite of this key document, which has been guiding the industry for over 20 years. JBA contributed to authoring and reviewing this document.
Our Wastewater Lead, Paul Eccleston will present a session on river modelling with specific focus on uses of river modelling within urban drainage management. The talk will cover the types and uses of river models, the collection of river modelling data and how to obtain and use river models and their outputs.
Whilst there is a much greater focus now on integrated modelling and holistic solutions in flood risk management, the worlds of wastewater modelling and river modelling remain largely separate, which can lead to missed opportunities. Paul hopes to help bridge the gap, and encourage wastewater modellers to make better use of the wealth of data available within river models.
The final session will be presented by a group of speakers from The Environment Agency and Lead Local Flood Authorities, talking about approaches to building investment cases in the context of partnership working and funding.
Engaging with the audience
Jenny Hill, a Chartered Senior Analyst based in our Wallingford office, is chair of the New Member’s group. This year she has introduced the use of sli.do to the event, an application which allows attendees to interact through their smart phones with polls and questions set by the conference speakers. We’re looking forward to using this tool, both to gather questions and views, but also to help the speakers to tailor their presentations to the audience.