October 27, 2021
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Course Description

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.

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 of Attendance in Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants on completion of the course. You will also receive a full Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) course pack to refer back to at any time in the future. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.



An ‘Early Bird’ discounted rate of €425 is currently available. This training course normal rate is €525. 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, course pack, certificates.


Paul Singleton
Chartered Civil/ Environmental Engineer, McCloy Consulting

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