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Evaluating Flood Risk Assessments

  • 5 Hours CPD Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Business District Dublin 18 (map)

This course will be delivered with the use of applied examples and case studies outlining the potential complexities that may be encountered when evaluating FRAs. This course will enable those involved in the review process to become an informed client / reviewer through having a firm understanding of the types of information available and potential sensibility checks which can be undertaken as part of a review process.

Attendees will gain an overview of the scope and content of the CFRAM Studies, outlining the potential advantages and pitfalls associated with the use of data outputs from these studies to inform FRAs. Attendees will gain an introduction to flood modelling techniques; types of hydraulic models, hydrological considerations, common pitfalls, 1D, 2D and 1D/2D modelling, as well as recent updates and their implications.

When you leave this course, you will be aware of the key policies and legislation relating to FRAs in Ireland, the level of information available, how flood modelling is carried out and what to consider when reviewing and evaluating FRAs. You will gain an opportunity to engage in informative Q&A’s, speak with other professionals working in your field, and leave with an informative course pack and 5 CPD points.

Course Content

  • The Planning System and Flood Risk Management

  • Background to Flood Policy in Ireland

  • Core Principles and Aims of the Planning Guidelines – Flood Zones, Vulnerability of Developments, Sequential Approach and Justification Tests

  • Understanding and Assessment of Flood Risk:

  • Terms and concepts – return period, statistics, likelihood etc.

  • Hierarchy of flood risk assessments (staged approach)

  • Regional, strategic and detailed assessments of development

  • Sources of Flooding

  • Flood Risk Assessment Process

  • Sources of Information including use of CFRAM maps

  • What relevance does Historic Flooding data have for undertaking FRAs

  • Advantages and limitations of available data

  • Planning considerations / zoning as part of FRA process

  • Initial v Detailed FRAs

  • Flood Modelling

  • When is hydraulic modelling required?

  • Understanding modelling inputs / outputs

  • Modelling types and their suitability for flood scenarios

  • Hydrological modelling including OPW FSU methods

  • Sensibility checking model outputs / results

  • Model case studies

  • Q & A

Who Should Attend?

This course has primarily been designed and developed for those responsible for reviewing and evaluating FRAs in both the public and private sector including planners, engineers and environmental employees in local authorities, planning consultants, GIS consultants, design engineers, developers and anyone who is involved in planning and environmental management in relation to flood risk. It will also be of interest to those carrying out FRAs to gain an understanding of how FRAs would be peer reviewed prior to submission to the regulatory body.


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


This course costs €395 (Early-bird Rate) normal rate is €495. Includes course documentation and light refreshments. While the course fee does not include lunch, we do provide freshly made sandwiches, Nespresso coffee and a range of teas and fresh juice for those who require a light lunch. Alternatively, you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops opposite the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.