12:00pm - 1:00pm




Free to attend

Event description

As part of Flood Risk Management, options appraisal is paramount to identify and assess the different options available with the objective to implement sustainable flood risk solutions in line with the economic, social and environmental characteristics of the scheme.

This webinar will give you an overview of options appraisal as part of flood risk management. Using a real-life case study, it will illustrate why options appraisal is so important and how it can be carried out for a positive outcome and how Flood Modeller can help you appraise and compare the benefits and costs of each option.

This event is formally CPD accredited by CIWEM.

Register for 7th December 2022

Learnings and Outcomes

  • Understanding the importance of options appraisal.
  • Using a real-life case study, gaining an insight of options appraisal and how it can be carried out to explore different solutions and select the best outcome possible.
  • Discover how Flood Modeller can help appraise and compare the benefits and costs of each option.


  • Presenters’ introductions
  • What is options appraisal
  • Why do we carry out options appraisal?
  • Case study: Low Crosby project
  • How can Flood Modeller help flood risk management professionals carry out successful options appraisal projects
  • Summary
  • Q&A

About the speakers

David Webborn – Head of BIM and Digital Engineering, Jacobs

David is a chartered civil engineer, environmentalist and project manager working within the water and environment sector, with a passion for delivering sustainable civil infrastructure projects and digital innovation. This has seen him become a leader in implementing digital design technologies to deliver added value for clients and a more efficient and streamlined business - a role which he now delivers for Jacobs' Water and Environment business.

Over his career, David has executed a broad portfolio of sustainable flood risk management solutions to various public and private sector clients. He has key experience in the appraisal, design, and preparation of business cases for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) schemes. He also has extensive experience in the design of sustainable drainage, river, and reservoir engineering solutions on projects in a wide variety of sectors. The types of projects that he has contributed to include transport hubs, ports, hospitals, and schools.

Adam Parkes – Head of Discipline, Hydrology, Jacobs

Adam is a chartered hydraulic modeller and hydrologist with over 16 years' experience working for large multidisciplinary engineering consultancies. His role primarily relates to hydrology, fluvial hydraulic modelling, and flood risk management, with experience covering the full breadth of work (including hydrology, hydraulic modelling, tendering, project management, technical management).

He has worked on a broad range of public sector projects, primarily for the Environment Agency, as well as for private clients and utility providers. Work has included: Flood mapping, Flood alleviation schemes, Flood forecasting, Flood Risk Assessments, Reservoir Act assessments, Drainage strategies (SuDS).

He regularly provides technical training both internally and external in hydraulic modelling and hydrological analysis, as well as supporting Jacobs Flood Modeller development team to produce new features.

In addition, He is actively involved in work winning activities, including under the Environment Agency's NGSA frameworks.

Why Jacobs?

Jacobs are re-imagining the regeneration of our towns and cities, responding to global financial, environmental, and social challenges to look more closely at how we work together to achieve resilient planning for the future. Jacobs integrate technical disciplines into a place-led approach, bringing forward opportunities for infrastructure to act as catalysts for longer-term transformation and encourage further investment.

Developed by Jacobs, for nearly 50 years, Flood Modeller has become the #1 flood modelling solution. Independently benchmarked by the Environment Agency and many other organisations, it is trusted by government agencies, utilities, insurers and consultants across the globe. Jacobs have helped thousands of users, in over 150 countries, transform how they undertake modelling and how they share and communicate flood-related information with clients and members of the public.

Flood Modeller’s industry-leading solvers allow you to seamlessly model rivers, surface water and urban drainage systems to obtain a detailed and fully integrated understanding of flood risk. It's powerful user interface and wide range of productivity tools enable you to build and run models quicker and more intuitively than ever before.

It is also the approved national flood forecasting tool for government bodies in six countries, including in the UK, where there are currently over 500 operational hydraulic models used by the Environment Agency (England), Natural Resources Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

When speed matters, or you don’t have the computing resource or software licences to undertake the analysis you need, use Jacobs innovative Flood Cloud service, which enables you to seamlessly undertake flood modelling, at any scale, in the cloud.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Marion Neale at marion.neale@jacobs.com.

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