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Constructing and inspecting SuDS

This one day course has been developed to complement CIRIA Guidance on the Construction of SuDS (C768). The training programme will help practitioners to confidently manage, supervise or inspect the construction of SuDS schemes.

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) make a vital contribution to managing local flood risk and water quality as well as providing opportunities for biodiversity and amenity in new developments and redevelopments. SuDS are required in all new major developments and over recent yeas delivery in the UK has steadily increased. 

This course takes the information and experience from recent projects to provide information that will help those who are involved in constructing SUDS to avoid common pitfalls and improve the quality of delivery on site.  
Who should attend
This engaging course is designed for those that will be managing, supervising or inspecting SuDS construction on site.  It is assumed that they have a good basic understanding of the need for SuDS, the different methods that are available and the overall philosophy of SuDS design.  

The training will be relevant to civil/drainage engineers, landscape architects, architects and flood risk managers working in client, consulting or contracting organisations, developers, local authorities, highway authorities, sewerage undertakers, environmental regulators and manufacturers and suppliers.

Why should you attend

- gain an overview of best practice related to all aspects of SuDS construction from site planning to completion and handover
- understand typical challenges that can arise during construction, and how to avoid/overcome them
- hear examples of good and poor practice used to explain key issues
- understand the use of typical checklists for both interim site inspections and to enable completed SuDS to be evaluated prior to handover
- share experiences and knowledge with our expert trainers and other delegates
- obtain CPD accreditation by attending a nationally recognised SUDS training course.

Course content and format of training

The courses will build on the information presented in SUDS guidance and will cover strategic as well as practical issues of delivering SUDS in the built environment.

The course would be delivered by the authors of the report, Sue Illman and Steve Wilson.  Both authors have experience of SuDS construction and have acted as expert witnesses in cases where landscape or engineering construction has resulted in problems.  Course content will be interactive using a range of learning styles to engage and inspire participants and the courses will include a number of demonstrative group exercises and case studies. The use of case study examples will be central to the courses. Each course is fully accredited for construction Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPD) scheme.

Find out more
Contact Louise Walker, CIRIA lead on SUDS

Open course dates available to book now.

In house options
To discuss in-house training requirements, contact Nipa Patel.

  Steve Wilson, Technical Director, The Environment Protection Group Ltd
Steve has over 20 years practical experience of geotechnical and environmental design for civil engineering and building structures including drainage design and redevelopment of contaminated land.
Sue Illman, Managing Director, Illman Young

Sue is probably best known for her advocacy work promoting integrated water management and SuDS through inter-professional collaboration. Sue was President of the Landscape Institute from 2012-2014 and co-author of the SuDS Manual (C753) and lead author for SuDS Construction guidance (C768).


Related guidance
The SUDS Manual (C753)
Planning for SuDS - making it happen (C687)
Site handbook for the construction of SUDS (C698)
Visit - the community for sustainable drainage