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8-10 December 2020

Telford International Centre, UK

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AECOM is the world’s premier infrastructure firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle — from planning, design and engineering to consulting and construction management. We partner with our clients in the public and private sectors to solve their most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come.

On projects spanning water, transportation, buildings, governments, energy and the environment, our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

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Arup helps the world manage its water – from the supply of clean drinking water to understanding flood risks, from drainage to sanitation. The successful design, development and maintenance of our water infrastructure requires the integration of many disciplines.

Arup’s water team has wide-ranging skills spanning advisory and specialist technical services. We apply them on every kind of project, from flood risk management and water resource planning, to dam engineering, treatment works design and river engineering.

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Asset International Structures


Asset International Structures the solution provider for the highways, rail, marine and coastal sectors. Asset has been delivering value-added design for over sixty-five years across the globe. Its core flood and coastal prevention products include Hillblock™ for shoreline and riverbank protection, erosion control, bridge and scour protection.

GEOCORD® together with GEOSTEP® is an excellent 3D weld-free geocell recommended for complex slopes whilst the Asset BaFix ballast shoulder retention system is approved by UK rail authorities used for flood prevention of embankments. Asset's structural products include Multiplate®, BEBO® arches, VSoL retained earth systems manufactured for bridges, tunnels, re-strengthening, embankments & culverts.

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Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Drawing on our diverse global expertise in the water sector we focus on delivering faster, smarter and more reliable outcomes for our clients.

With a detailed understanding of the key challenges facing the industry around leakages, improving asset management and performance and providing a better service to customers, we provide solutions that utilise the latest digital technologies, supported by our market leading consultancy services to deliver real added value at all stages of the value chain.

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BAM Nuttall


BAM Nuttall is a major civil engineering contractor with a strong coastal, marine and fluvial track record. We are proud to support the Environment Agency in meeting their targets for protecting properties from flooding, under the WEM framework and now the Next Generation Supplier Agreement and Marine & Coastal Framework.

We have been trusted with the delivery of some of the Environment Agency’s largest and most complex flood alleviation schemes such as River Hull FDS and Boston Tidal Barrier. We are also delivering flood defence schemes for other customers including Network Rail and Local Authorities such as Leeds City Council.

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BLUEcoast is a research project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. The project’s aim is to inform coastal management by reducing uncertainties in the prediction of medium-term (year) and long-term (decadal and longer) regional sediment budgets, morphological change and how the coast recovers after sequences of storms.

Our research is focused on both physical and biological dynamic processes and brings together oceanographers, biologists, coastal engineers, geologists and geographers from research institutes, universities and non-academic partners. The project will deliver improved scientific knowledge from observations, experiments and modelling studies, which will enhance predictive tools for dynamic coastal environments.

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Founded in 1933, Boskalis Westminster is the most experienced dredging and marine contracting company in the UK. We operate in all sectors of the UK dredging & Marine Construction market including maintaining and developing the nation’s ports & harbour channels, constructing the countries sea defences & coastal schemes, land reclamation & beach re-nourishment and specialist services to the oil, gas and water industries.

Boskalis Westminster is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, the world’s largest dredging group, which is currently active in more than 50 countries across the globe.

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Brunel University London, a world-leading research-intensive institution. Our research combines academic rigour with governments’, industries’ and not-for-profit sector’s needs, delivering creative solutions to global challenges.

The Centre for Flood Risk and Resilience delivers scientific knowledge and engineering solutions, resilience awareness, understanding and training; works in partnership across sectors and civil society, delivering increased flood safety measures and capability; and, develops skills and knowledge in key stakeholders of flood risk and resilience, thereby supporting the Industrial Strategy.

Brunel offers a vital pipeline of skills and capability tackling global flood risk and resilience challenges, driving economic growth and productivity for the UK.

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CIWEM is the only Royal Chartered professional body dedicated to the water and environment sector. We represent and support a community of thousands of members and organisations globally, dedicated to improving water and environmental management as well as associated social and cultural issues.

Our aim is to work towards a safer, more sustainable world. Our mission is to build a global community of water and environmental professionals dedicated to working for the public benefit. As an independent charity, we champion professional standards, impartiality and the use of scientific evidence in the management of the environment. We promote best practice through our members to protect the public from pollution, environmental destruction and natural hazards.

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The EA works to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. We are an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

The next 5 years are crucial for the EA. We need to take bold and transformative action to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it while supporting a sustainable, fair and healthy recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. We know it won’t be easy. The EA2025 plan translates our vision for the future into action. We will protect and enhance the environment as a whole and contribute to sustainable development. Through this we will contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and help protect the nation’s security in the face of emergencies.

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Federated Hermes is guided by the conviction that responsible investing is the best way to create long-term wealth. We provide specialised capabilities across equity, fixed income and private markets, in addition to multi-asset strategies and liquidity-management solutions.

Through pioneering stewardship services, we engage companies on strategic and sustainability concerns to promote investors’ long-term performance and fiduciary interests. Our goals are to help individuals invest and retire better, help clients achieve better risk-adjusted returns, and to contribute to positive outcomes in the wider world. All activities previously carried out by Hermes Investment Management now form the international business of Federated Hermes.

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Flood Control International is a UK based specialist supplier and installer of the most comprehensive range of flood defence systems in the world. From our modular demountable flood barrier system to fully automatic flood barriers that rise up / drop down or slide in to position as required.

Our flood doors are also rated as security and fire doors and flood-proof to full height. We ensure the right flood defence solution is designed in every instance and our unique engineering knowledge and 25 years’ experience guarantee flood protection that is innovative, efficient and above all else, dependable.

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Flood Re is a joint initiative between the Government and insurers. Its aim is to make the flood cover part of household insurance policies more affordable.

Flood Re helps households at the highest risk of flooding. We also provide information about taking action to reduce flood risk. Flood Re will run for 25 years, at which point insurers should be offering policies based on actual risk to property.

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At Jacobs, we're challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good.

We have the largest team of flood and coast risk management specialists in Europe delivering highly valued environmental solutions for our clients.

From addressing environmental and sustainability challenges, and engaging with communities to understand what really matters, to protecting our communities and businesses from consequences of climate change, pollution, extreme weather and adverse social and environmental impacts.

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As leading wet civil engineering specialists, Land & Water is uniquely positioned to deliver flood alleviation works and environmental management projects throughout the UK.

Our extremely experienced team, industry-leading equipment and dedication to improving the environments in which we work means that we able to work with you to deliver unrivalled results, with a particular specialism in reducing the carbon footprint of projects.

From emergency response to major capital flood defence projects and right through to local schemes our team is able to work closely with you to improve landscapes both in-land and in coastal environments.

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Moore Concrete are leading Precast Concrete Manufacturers serving customers throughout the UK and Ireland.

We are specialist manufactures in the supply of bespoke job specific precast concrete units for the Civil Engineering Sector.

Moore Concrete have been involved in various prestigious flood and coastal projects along the UK’s Coastline. These projects have included the manufacture of Sea Defence Units, Slipway Ramp Units and Transverse & Cope beams for Harbour Pier Extensions.

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National Oceanographic Centre


Our planet is constantly changing and climate change poses a big threat to society. Together with years of experience, innovative technology and some of the world’s leading scientists, we take on the challenge of understanding the complexity of our world’s oceans, the Earth system and the biosphere.

The NOC engages with industry and other users of research to better understand the needs for scientific evidence and measurement technologies and to engage in how scientific knowledge and actions can better inform their actions.

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Salix provide sustainable solutions to the challenges found in soil erosion control and river restoration projects. We also specialise in spillway and shoreline protection, inland dredging and wetland habitat creation schemes. Utilising innovative bioengineering solutions, often replacing hard engineering, allied with our capabilities in more traditional civil engineering techniques, we deliver cost effective environmentally sensitive solutions.

Salix manufacture and supply a broad range of soil erosion control and bioengineering products with performance led specifications that allow engineers to specify with confidence. Products range from Vmax, the world’s highest performing range of Composite Turf Reinforcement Mats to pre-filled rock systems and pre-established coir products.

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The company SCALGO was founded to bring cutting-edge massive terrain data-processing technology to the market. Our technology builds on two decades of research within I/O-efficient and geometric algorithms at Aarhus University, Denmark, and Duke University, U.S.

SCALGO Live is a browser-based platform that provides users with easy access to complex analyses and visualisations of surface water computations based on elevation data from the UK authorities.

Use SCALGO Live to explore the project area for understanding of existing conditions, test different project ideas, evaluate consequences, and find feasible solutions for surface water management. All in the timespan of one meeting.

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Sustainability West Midlands is the sustainability adviser for leaders of the West Midlands.

We enable and encourage innovation, collaboration, leadership and the sharing of success of our members in order to fulfil the priorities of our 2030 Sustainability Roadmap and ensure we achieve our vision: that the West Midlands is leading in contributing to the national target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 whilst addressing health inequality and driving inclusive growth.

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The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is an independent, not for-profit research centre focusing on interactions between air, land and freshwater ecosystems to support a productive, resilient and healthy environment.

We develop and maintain the industry standard Flood Estimation Handbook and our science underpins UK flood forecasting through the Grid-to-Grid model. We currently lead the NERC-funded Hydro-JULES programme to develop a three-dimensional community model of the terrestrial water cycle that will quantify the risks of hydro-climatic extremes. We are also leading the scoping study team for the new Floods and Droughts Research Infrastructure project, also funded by NERC.

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Van Oord, established in the UK since 1924, specialises in capital and maintenance dredging, port development, coastal defence, land reclamation and offshore pipeline installation. With over 5000 employees worldwide, projects are executed by unrivalled expertise and understanding of marine construction projects. Being one of the first contractors to partner with the Environment Agency on coastal infrastructure projects, Van Oord continues to do so on the Marine and Coastal Framework (MCF) of its Next Generation Supplier Arrangements (NGSA).

Recent UK projects delivered include the award winning Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management Scheme (2019) as well as:

  • Lincolnshire Beach Management 2018-2021
  • Project Lincshore 2015-2017
  • Broomhill Sands Coastal Defences
  • Happisburgh to Winterton Sea Defences
  • Jaywick Tidal Defences
  • Felixstowe South Flood Alleviation Scheme

Van Oord is currently delivering the 2020 Environment Agency Hythe Ranges Sea Defence Scheme, the first project to be awarded via the MCF.

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Part of multidisciplinary engineering and construction group VolkerWessels UK, VolkerStevin provides complex engineering solutions across a wide range of sectors, including maritime infrastructure and flood and coastal erosion risk management.

The business has been a strategic partner to the Environment Agency (EA) for almost 20 years, and last year was appointed to the EA’s Collaborative Delivery Framework, and Marine and Coastal Framework.

VolkerStevin is also a founding member of VBA, a long-standing joint venture with Boskalis Westminster and SNC Lavalin’s Atkins business, which has successfully delivered numerous major flood risk management projects, providing a fully integrated, end-to-end project delivery service.

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Wessex Archaeology is the UK’s leading archaeology and heritage company and an educational charity. We provide creative, effective solutions to manage the unique archaeological and heritage challenges encountered by your flood and coastal erosion management schemes.

With over 300 experts across six UK offices, we have the capacity to deliver our services on multiple large-scale projects in all regions and across all terrestrial, intertidal and marine environments. Your scheme will be in safe hands, from start to finish.

We’re at #FloodandCoast20 to talk to clients about how we can help add value to their projects whilst successfully managing heritage risk.

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