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    SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools
  • SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools
  • SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools
  • SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools

SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools

About this course

Type Classroom training
Level Foundation
Duration 1 day
Topic Rivers drainage and flooding

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This course focuses on giving a detailed understanding of surface water drainage planning and design to meet current standards and best practice guidance.

The course takes attendees step by step through the basis and requirements of current criteria and methods for delivering compliant surface water management systems. It provides them with an understanding of the inputs, outputs and parameters required in commonly used tools and models (including the tools) – and how to assess whether the right or sufficient information has been presented with drainage submissions. This one-day course assumes that attendees are already familiar with the concept of SuDS and are aware of the requirements of the non-statutory SuDS standards (Defra, 2015). The focus is on the requirements for developments in England, but Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland requirements are be touched upon where appropriate.


Course content


Water quality

The course content is spread over one day with discussion and debate sessions, allowing attendees time to become familiar with runoff and storage estimation tools, and understand and evaluate the suitability of key scheme characteristics.

Who should attend?

However, it may also be of value to other SuDS practitioners, regulators and other environmental consultants.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants will be aware of and understand the key criteria and requirements of current standards, and understand how to design and approve surface water management systems that:

The participants will also:

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Course leader(s)

Bridget Woods-Ballard

Bridget Woods-Ballard

Principal Engineer

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Helen Udale-Clarke

Helen Udale-Clarke

Principal Engineer

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Other tutors:
Helen Udale-Clarke
Helen project managed the delivery of the CIRIA SuDS Manual and 2012 Climate Change Risk Assessment. She is an experienced trainer – and has recently delivered courses on Low Impact Development in China.


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Lots of information, knowledgeable lecturers, good to have examples to practice and go through after.”

"Answered many of the myths about SuDS extremely well.”

“Really enjoyed the course ... Confirmed lots of different applications. Was worried that one day would not be sufficient, one day was perfect."

"Course very well structured to provide useful guidance for using and providing sufficient background info to ensure correct use.

2018 delegates

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