A Better understand of flood risk

Holiday Inn Cambridge
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Nicholas West & Martin McDermid, Flood Consult


The threat and implications of flooding remains one of the single most challenging areas for the UK insurance market to continue to deal with 365 days a year. This seminar looks at the different types of flooding, flood modelling, flood risk assessment and flood resistance and resilience measures. Flood Consult International has been setup to offer clients from commercial, industrial, insurance and utility sectors a better understanding of their flood risk and how to defend against it. Flood Consult’s team provide a nationwide service offering experience and expertise in flood risk management, flood risk assessments including property level protection surveys. From a background of surveying and protecting critical national infrastructure, they now work UK wide for the likes of Allianz, Hiscox, QBE, Marsh and have some very good case studies about practical help of flooding on a risk that needs to be underwritten/placed.

Learning Objectives

By Attending this event, delegates will be able to identify:

  • Flood Mechanisms – Understand the different types of flooding including how they occur, characteristics and advanced warnings.
  • Flood Modelling – Understand the difference between widescale generic flood modelling and location specific detailed flood modelling including the advantages, disadvantages and limitations.
  • Site Specific Risk Assessment – Understand how the survey and assessment process is undertaken and why a site survey is mandatory to fully quantify the risk.
  • Flood Resistance and Resilience measures – Understand the difference between flood resistance and flood resilience measures and the different techniques to achieve protection against flooding.

Speaker Biography

Martin McDermid

Martin is the business development manager at Flood Consult International and has worked in the flood defence industry for over 12 years across two companies. During this time Martin has built strong relationships with utility, industrial/commercial and insurance companies across the UK with regard to identifying their flood risk exposure and correct means of preventing or reducing damage in the event of flooding. Martin has worked predominantly within the critical infrastructure sector in the UK helping clients correctly protect their assets, including electricity substations, water treatment works, gas pressure reduction stations, telecommunication hubs and nuclear power stations working for every Distribution Network Operator (DNO) in the process. Martin also has prevalent knowledge of flood defence products, in particular property level solutions, with experience of product testing in both factory and on-site scenarios in accordance with the BSI Kitemark and FM Approvals standards.

Nicholas West

Nicholas is a director of Flood Consult International. During his time in the industry Nicholas’s primary role has been completing flood risk/consequence assessments for a spectrum of clients and assets ranging from a small extension to a residential property to 400kV electricity substations. At FCI Nicholas has aligned himself alongside numerous insurance, utility and property management companies providing them a consultancy service identifying flood risk at a site specific level for their existing portfolio as well as new business prospects or new build properties. Working on these projects has enabled Nic to build astute knowledge of the current legislation and planning documentation associated with flood risk namely National Planning and Policy Framework 15 (NPPF 15) in England, Technical Advice Note 15 (TAN 15) in Wales, Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) in Scotland and Engineering Technical Report 138 (ETR 138) which concerns the electricity network in the UK. The quality and efficiency of work completed by Nic for FCI has been praised by numerous multinational insurance companies as well as utility clients to the point where FCI has been named as preferred supplier for flood risk requirements.

Additional Details

  • Refreshments will be served before the talk from 5:30pm onwards.

  • If you know of any other CII Members who would like to attend but have not received the invite, please ask them to update their CII Communication Preferences at https://www.cii.co.uk/my-cii/preferences

  • Parking is free at the venue but you must remember to register your car at reception to avoid a car parking fine

  • Holiday Inn Cambridge
  • Bridge Road, Impington
  • Cambridge
  • CB24 9PH
View map

CII Accredited

This demonstrates the quality of an event and that it meets CII member CPD scheme requirements.

1 hour's CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

It is recommended that you keep any evidence of the CPD activity you have completed and upload copies to the recording tool as the CII may ask to see this if your record is selected for review. Details of the scheme can be viewed online at www.cii.co.uk/cpd.