Through a combination of sponsorship and participation in the exhibition and conference programme, Team Van Oord (TVO) and its partners enjoyed a high profile at last month’s Flood and Coast 2017 event.
Convened by the Environment Agency, the three-day event (28-30 Mar) at the Telford International Centre, set out to advance the debate about flood and coastal erosion risk, resilience and response.
The agenda embraced the concept of ‘a changing climate’, drawing on expertise and experience from different geographical regions from across the globe, with a programme of workshops, presentations, debate and panel sessions covering topics selected by the government and a panel of industry experts.
One of the highlights was a presentation by Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Life Opportunities, who reiterated the importance of partnership working in flood and coastal risk management. In her role at DEFRA, Ms Coffey’s responsibilities include floods, water and waterways and the natural environment, including biodiversity and the marine environment.
Bruce Keith, President of CIWEM, used his presentation to discuss water management around the world, reflecting on the global challenges of water shortages and flood risk, and common solutions including the use of sustainable drainage systems.
TVO partner Van Oord was the event’s sole ‘Gold’ sponsor, while Mackley provided further support as one of just three ‘Bronze’ sponsors. Both Van Oord and Mackley also participated in the exhibition which ran alongside the conference programme.
Meanhwile, Royal HaskoningDHV featured heavily on the conference agenda, delivering no fewer than eight presentations across the three days.
RoyalHaskoning DHV’s contributions covered a wide range of topics including: water sensitive airports; integrated teams and co-location; the interaction between coastline and wave angle; water-resistant and water-adaptive cities; and protecting critical infrastructure and communities in North Norfolk
Phil Ramsay, TVO National Framework Manager for the EA, said: “Flood and Coast 2017 provided an unrivalled networking opportunity to engage with fellow contractors, consultants and project owners.
“The three days of presentations and workshops afforded flood prevention and coastal management professionals the opportunity to exchange a broad range of perspectives and share innovations and best practice.
“We have forged some excellent new contacts and opportunities which we will be looking to further develop over the coming months.”
13 April 2017