Hydrology for Development and Planning

JBA Flood Risk Management training course

The first part of this one day course focuses on the impacts of urbanisation on catchment runoff response and briefly looks at the policy and guidance relevant to planning for and managing flood risk from urban areas. The second part of the course introduces some of the methods available to estimate greenfield and development runoff rates and volumes, focusing on the standard techniques recommended in The SuDS Manual with worked examples. This one day course aims to provide an understanding of changes in hydrological processes due to urbanisation and an introduction to flow estimation methods that can be used within the initial stages of the planning process.

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Those who are involved in the initial stages of planning for development, and those who may be required to review initial planning applications, with regard to flood risk and drainage. No prior knowledge of hydrology is assumed.

Following the course you should have an understanding of:

  • Hydrological processes in natural and developed catchments
  • Drainage of urban areas including SuDS
  • Key industry guidance including The SuDS Manual and Rainfall Runoff management for Developments
  • Standard techniques for estimating greenfield runoff rates, development runoff and storage volumes

Dr Jenni Essex BSc MSc CEnv MCIWEM C.WEM

Jenni is a highly-qualified hydrologist with over 12 years’ experience in the fields of flood risk management and strategic flood risk mapping; and expertise in hydrological analysis, catchment response mechanisms, and hydrometric network review. Jenni brings detailed knowledge of current flood flow estimation methods and guidance and is experienced in carrying out assessments for more unusual catchments such as those which are urbanised, permeable, small and historically mined.


Anna Beasley BSc MSc CEnv MCIWEM C.WEM

Anna has been involved in projects to manage flood risk in the UK for over 16 years, focussing on assessing and alleviating fluvial, tidal and surface water risk, and the use of sustainable drainage and natural flood management to provide multiple benefits. Her clients have included the Environment Agency, local authorities, water companies, and private developers. She is an experienced, PRINCE2 qualified project manager, hydrologist and hydraulic modeller (InfoWorks-ICM, HEC-RAS, TUFLOW, ISIS-TUFLOW, JFlow). She has applied her experience to a wide range of projects, including flood risk and hazard modelling, surface water drainage and SuDS, natural flood management, flood warning improvements, feasibility and options testing, strategic flood risk planning (CFMPs, SFRAs), wastewater management and Water Cycle Studies. She has delivered several training courses to external clients and presented at conferences and CPD events for CIWEM and CIHT.

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If you would like to discuss our training please contact Katy Tunney.

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