June 6, 2024

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Course Description

Flood Risk Assessment (FRAs) are a vital step in the development process and there is an increasing awareness of the importance of planning for flood risk at the earliest intervention stages.

This course will inform delegates on the processes of planning systems and flood risk management, the flood risk assessment process and an introduction to flood modelling.

After this one-day course, you will leave with the knowledge of the key policies and legislation relating to FRAs, how flood modelling is carried out and considerations when evaluating FRAs. You also receive hugely informative course notes enabling you to continue to access key points and refresher topics as you need them.

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 of this one-day training course, you will receive your Certificate of Attendance. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants on completion of the course.

Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award. 


This training course costs €485 EARLY-BIRD (Normal rate €585). . Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY BIRD RATE CLOSES 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO COURSE DATE. The course cost includes all course documentation and Certificate of Attendance.

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