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Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

  • 5 CPD Hours Apex Building, Blackthorn Road Sandyford Business District D18 (map)

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There is an increasing need for a more sustainable approach to managing surface water. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) have many well documented benefits, and reduce the effect on the quality and quantity of runoff from developments, and can provide opportunities for amenity and biodiversity at no additional cost – but only if the design is approached in the correct manner.

This one day CPD MasterClass will give you an informative overview of fundamental considerations when approaching a SuDS design. Often key considerations such as how runoff is collected are missed, which can significantly affect the design. Key concepts will be considered along with the range of techniques available. You will be able to gain an appreciation of the wider benefits and how to best meet the requirements outlined by GDSDS (Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Strategy) and other requirements that may be applied through planning. 

You will get an opportunity to engage in an informative Q & A with our course tutor, as well as other professionals in your field. You will receive 5 structured CPD Points and will receive a full course pack, which you can refer back to at any time. 

Course Content


  • Why Sustainable Drainage?

  • SuDS Principles and practice

  • Understanding site context

  • Health and safety considerations


  • Overview

  • Objectives

  • Hydraulic Criteria

  • Water Quality Criteria

  • Calculation processes

Other Design requirements

  • Amenity requirements

  • Biodiversity requirements

  • Other planning requirements

Review of SUDS Components

  • Forms of surface water collection

  • Source controls

  • Conveyance

  • Hierarchy of Storage

Dealing with runoff – delivering cost effective schemes

  • Flow control devices (attenuation)

  • Infiltration and potential issues

  • Dealing with exceedance

  • Delivering cost effective schemes

Worked example

  • Group work activity to apply the learning outcomes from the course

Case study

  • Innovative retro-fit project

Who Should Attend?

This course would be of interest to engineers and other specialists working in development control or the design of new infrastructure. As well as planners, developers, architects, master-planners and drainage engineers.


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Hours. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full five hours.


This training course costs €425 EARLY-BIRD (Normal rate €495). The price includes course documentation and training pack, teas and coffee, snacks, biscuits, fruit on arrival. Lunch is a light fare containing freshly cut sandwiches, wraps, a selection of teas and coffee. Alternatively, you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops within a one-minute radius of the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.