February 2015

Flood Management in British Columbia Seminar

Status: Advanced registration for this session is now closed. A limited number of on-site registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-1:00 PM: Flood Management in British Columbia Seminar
Location: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel 1180 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Monica Mannerström, P.Eng. - Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd.
Dave McLean, P.Eng. - Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd.
Neil Peters, P.Eng. – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Credit: 4.5 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $179.00 + GST = $187.95 until Feb 10, 2015

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $259.00 + GST = $271.95

Non-Member Price: $259.00 + GST = $271.95

Student Member Price: $129.50 + GST = $135.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 10, 2015 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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This seminar discusses flood management in BC, with a focus on recent initiatives relating to climate change adaptation, sea dikes, Fraser River flood protection, and dike design guidelines. Integrated flood hazard planning will be described along with steps involved in flood hazard assessments. Sample problems will be presented and active audience participation is encouraged.

OBJECTIVE: Summarize status of past and present flood management in BC and highlight recent initiatives. Discuss integrated flood hazard planning and related challenges. Provide guidance on flood hazard assessments and review sample flood related problems with active participation from the audience.
  • Regulatory background; History of flood management in BC; Present ministry responsibilities and legislation; A review of recent initiatives on:
    • Climate Change Adaptation Guidelines for Sea Dikes and Coastal Flood Hazard Land Use,
    • Effects of Climate Change on Fraser River Flood Scenarios; Seismic Design Guidelines for Dikes
    • Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy (Fraser Basin Council)
  • Integrated flood hazard management and planning. What is involved and what are the challenges? The experience from different jurisdictions in BC will be highlighted. Washington State has implemented a program for setting back dikes from rivers. Why has such practice not been introduced in BC?
  • Based on several case studies, explore:
  • What does floodplain map preparation involve?
  • What does a flood hazard/risk assessment involve?
  • Are flood bylaws a good thing? What should they look like?
  • What is involved with dike upgrades/ channel improvements?
  • How can climate change impacts on flood flows be accounted for?


Monica Mannerström, P.Eng.
Monica holds a Master’s in water resource engineering and has 30 years of experience in river hydraulics, hydrology and sedimentation engineering at NHC and is a Principal with the firm. She has a background in hydraulic numerical/physical modeling, the assessment of flood hazards for floodplain management studies and has been involved in the hydraulic design of a variety of flood control works and river training structures. Increasingly, flood assessments, floodplain mapping studies and dike upgrade/channel improvement projects include the evaluation of climate change impacts on flood flows and Monica has recently worked on several such studies in BC.

Dave McLean, P.Eng.
Dave holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary hydrology and has over 30 years of experience in water resources engineering, hydraulics and sedimentation through a career involving both consulting engineering and research. He is a Principal of Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd. (NHC) where he is responsible for assessing flood hazards using numerical modeling and has utilized GIS techniques for producing flood risk maps. Dave has worked on several of the world's major rivers including the Yangtze River in China, Nile River in Egypt, Meghna River in Bangladesh and the Fraser River in British Columbia.

Neil Peters, P.Eng.
Neil holds a Bachelor’s degree in geological engineering and a Master’s in water resources engineering.  He has over 30 years of experience implementing provincial flood hazard management programs including dike safety and river management, flood emergency planning, and regulation of floodplain development.  Since his appointment in 2002, Neil is the Inspector of Dikes and Head of the Provincial Flood Safety Section for the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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