Introduction to Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH)

JBA Catchment Hydrology and Modelling training course

Our ‘Introduction to the Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH)’ course aims to provide you with more confidence in undertaking, understanding and reviewing calculations which use the FEH methods. This course concentrates on the key features of the FEH methods, aiming to give delegates a better overall working knowledge, without diving too deeply into the complex advanced features of the methods.

It can be run as a one day or two day course. The one-day version gives an overview of the suite of FEH methods and hands-on practice of key concepts, while the two day course provides delegates with the opportunity to use the software in more detail themselves, either informally or using formal exercises, and to benefit from the tutor providing one-to-one assistance.

The course is led by experienced tutors who can provide a unique blend of inside knowledge of the FEH research and recent updates, and many years of practical experience of implementing the FEH methods on a wide variety of catchments.

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The course will cover the following topics:

  • Basics of hydrological processes and flood hydrology
  • Sources of information for flood flow estimation
  • How to apply the FEH methods and an introduction to the available software
  • How to choose a method
  • Introduction to recording and checking calculations
  • Exercises via interactive demonstrations led by the tutor to reinforce understanding

Those with little or no flood hydrology experience who will be estimating design flows or who will be managing hydrologists/hydrological assessments.

  • To provide an overview of the FEH
  • To provide a guide to using and applying the key aspects of the FEH methods
  • To introduce the software used to apply the methods and demonstrate its application

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 the Lancaster University and JBA PgCert course on flood hydrology.

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.

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.

James Molloy BE(Hons) MEngSc

James is a technical specialist in flood hydrology, hydrometry and flood risk modelling, with over six years’ consultancy experience.  He has aided the delivery of numerous flood risk modelling studies for JBA, on a range of catchment types across the UK and Ireland, using his expert knowledge of statistical Flood Estimation Handbook / Flood Studies Update methods and rural / urban rainfall-runoff models. James has also been involved with numerous research studies in flood hydrology, analysing complex regional-scale hydrological problems, for example carrying out post-event analysis of past flood events.

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If you would like to discuss our training please contact Felicity Clarke.

Email Felicity Clarke
+44 (0)1756 799919