28 mrt 2017

Top water experts from Royal HaskoningDHV will present seven papers including the latest innovations in sandscaping and flood resilience at Flood and Coast 2017, 28-30 March at the Telford International Centre, UK

The event, convened by the Environment Agency, is seen as a key forum for the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community. The three-day conference offers the chance for major FCRM stakeholders to share views, insights and discussions regarding latest industry innovations and best practice.

In light of this focus on innovation, Jaap Flikweert will be describing the ground breaking sandscaping project proposed for Bacton, Norfolk. Sandscaping is an innovative coastal management approach which involves placing a large volume of sediment in a single location and designing it so that natural processes move the sediment to areas where it is needed further down the coast. The project Jaap will discuss is the first time the Dutch Zandmotor technique has been considered outside of the Netherlands. The scheme could not only protect critical infrastructure but also bring major economic, environmental and social benefits to the surrounding community.


Image: Moray Flood allevation in Scotland (click on image to open project page)

Water sensitive cities

One of the key conference discussions will focus on the resilience of the UK’s cities to flood risk. Fola Ogunyoye, Technical Director and expert on flood resilience at Royal HaskoningDHV, will set the scene for the discussion. With half the world’s population living in cities and this number expected to further increase, solutions must be found to ensure that the world’s urban areas become smarter and more water sensitive. Fola’s presentation will introduce the important principles and approaches that are required to deliver these water sensitive cities and include international case study examples to illustrate the possibilities for the UK.

Speaking of the conference, Shirel Stedman, recently appointed Director of Royal HaskoningDHV’s UK water business said: “As well as Jaap and Fola four other Royal HaskoningDHV water experts have been asked to present papers on subjects ranging from the creation of water sensitive airports to project updates and examples of best practice. It is an excellent forum allowing us to connect with colleagues and clients from across our industry. The wide variety of topics our experts will speak on is testament to the strength and depth of our UK water business.”

The papers due to be presented are:

Tuesday 28 March

Creating water sensitive airports in times of climate change - Nanco Dolman

Packaging, integrated teams and co-location - does it really help? - Tim Ellingham

Are we over-designing or under-designing coastal defence: interaction between coastline and wave angle - Keming Hu

Wednesday 29 March

Scene setter - Delivering water-resilient and water-adaptive cities - Fola Ogunyoye

Quo vadis - Cornwall and Isles of Scilly SMP mid-term review - Gregor Guthrie

Partnership working: delivering resilient protection to critical infrastructure in Sandsend Road – presented by Jim Hutchison from the Contractor Balfour Beatty

Sandscaping at Bacton, Norfolk: protecting critical infrastructure and benefitting communities - Jaap Flikweert

General information

Flood and Coast 2017 runs 28-30 March at the Telford International Centre, UK for full details about the exhibition and conference visit floodandcoast.com