The Flood Studies Update (FSU) provides a new set of procedures for flood estimation in Ireland. After nine years of research the FSU methods and online portal were launched in 2014. This course provides an introduction to the FSU methods and gives you hands-on experience of the new software. Led by experienced tutors who can provide a unique blend of inside knowledge of the FSU research and extensive practical experience of implementing the full range of FSU methods on a wide variety of catchments. No previous experience of flood estimation is necessary, although some knowledge of hydrology will be helpful.
The course is aimed at those who will be using the FSU methods to estimate design flows. It is helpful if delegates have at least a basic knowledge of flood hydrology.
By the end of this course you will:
• Understand the key principles of the FSU approach to flood estimation
• Understand the steps involved in estimating design peak flows and hydrographs
• Know how to use the FSU web portal along with other software where appropriate
• Know what to consider when selecting a method
• Understand the continuing role of older methods such as FSR rainfall-runoff
• Be aware of the options for dealing with unusual catchments
Duncan Faulkner MSc DIC MA FCIWEM C.WEM CSci
Head of Hydrology, Duncan is a specialist in flood hydrology and has over 22 years’ experience both in research projects and many consultancy studies. He has developed training courses on flood estimation methods for JBA and the Environment Agency. He is a former member of the Flood Estimation Handbook research team and author of the Environment Agency’s Flood Estimation Guidelines. He is also a lecturer on flood hydrology module of the PgCert course.
He has also worked extensively in Ireland, including leading two packages of research in the Flood Studies Update programme. He also led the hydrology for the Western CFRAM project and acted an expert witness following flooding in Cork. He has been running training for clients throughout Ireland for nearly 20 years.