Western Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Plan (Western CFRAM), Ireland

Location: Ireland                                                                                 Client: Office of Public Works

We were commissioned to develop flood hazard and risk maps and the flood risk management plan for the Western River Basin District, for the first cycle of the Floods Directive. 


The project, over 8 years, included a number of stages: management of survey contracts; hydrological analysis and flood modelling; risk assessment and options development; strategic environmental assessment; climate change assessment; and production of the flood risk management plan and consultation. 


To deliver this project we managed large scale river survey contracts, we undertook hydrological assessment of gauges, we regionalised estimates of flood flows, we assessed flood risk through detailed 1D/2D hydraulic models and we prepared detailed flood mapping including flood extent, probability and its consequences. 

This led to the development and appraisal of options to manage the flood risk, including both structural and non-structural measures. Throughout the project a number of consultation events were held and driven by our team. 


The resulting flood risk management plans have enabled the Irish Government to prioritise and progress the development of flood relief schemes and minor works schemes in the west of Ireland. 

Want to know more?

Email Tom Sampson or Jonathan Cooper for more information on the flood risk management plans and strategies. 

You can also find more examples of our international project work on our Projects webpage and our International Development webpage. 

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