October 15, 2024

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A few words from our tutor on what you can expect from this course

Course Description

• Why SuDS? • Concepts and Principles • SuDS Components • Myths and Challenges • Design Guidance and Criteria

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 workshop will give you an informative overview of fundamental considerations when approaching a SuDS scheme. Key concepts will be considered along with the range of techniques available. You will be able to gain an appreciation of the wider benefits of SuDS and an overview of the current status of guidance and design criteria in Ireland.

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 highly informative course notes, which you can refer back to at anytime.

Course Content


  • Why SuDS?
  • SuDS Philosophy and Principles
  • Current status of SuDS policy and guidance in Ireland
  • SuDS Guidance and Design Framework

GDSDS (Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Strategy)

  • Overview
  • Objectives
  • Hydraulic Criteri0061
  • Water Quality Criteria
  • Calculation processes

SuDS Concepts

  • Overview
  • Management Train and Sub-Catchments
  • Hierarchy and Storage and Discharge
  • Designing for Amenity and Biodiversity
  • Site Design Process

SuDS Components

  • SuDS Component Types
  • Source Control
  • Conveyancing
  • Site / Regional Control

Myths and Challenges

  • Designing Cost Effective Schemes
  • Reducing Land Take
  • Working with any Ground Conditions
  • Approach to ensuring Health and Safety


  • Runoff Estimation
  • Storage Approach
  • Flow Controls
  • Design Criteria

Worked Example

  • Sample Residential Site
  • Group activity to apply course learning

Case Study

  • Innovative, award winning, retrofit project
  • Showcasing design, construction, and operation / maintenance

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 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.


An ‘Early Bird’ discounted rate of €485 is currently available. This training course normal rate is €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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