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ICE Learning hub update – Flooding & Water Management

19 July 2020

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ICE Learning hub update – Flooding & Water Management
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In this week’s update, ICE’s Learning and Development team will guide you through issues including flooding, coastal management and protecting water in the long term.

Toddbrook Reservoir

Toddbrook Reservoir

This learning programme provides presentations for the Toddbrook incident seminar presented on 6th July 2020.

In August 2019, Toddbrook Reservoir in north-west England was affected by two storm events in quick succession, resulting in damage to the auxiliary spillway, located on the main earth embankment dam. The concrete lining to the auxiliary spillway was damaged and erosion of the underlying dam shoulder material occurred, prompting fears of a dam breach.

An emergency evacuation of approximately 1500 persons from the downstream town of Whaley Bridge was completed. Multi-agency services were mobilised and the scour hole was infilled through use of a helicopter. Stream diversion and pumping works were initiated to empty the reservoir. Almost a week after the incident was declared, the residents were permitted to return to their homes.

Flooding: Issues and management

Flooding: Issues and management

Despite increased government spending on flood defences for the period from 2015 to 2021, the Environment Agency is at pains to make clear there will never be enough money to protect everybody using traditional hard-engineered methods.

So, what are the alternatives? This programme looks at some of the groundbreaking work ICE has conducted into flood risk management over the last couple of years.

Understanding and improving resilience of infrastructure

Understanding and improving resilience of infrastructure

This programme is for civil engineers with an interest in understanding how to act upon improving resilience of infrastructure, in the face of climate change and increasingly adverse weather.

Understanding and improving resilience of infrastructure offers guidance on how to apply the Nine Universal Roadblock (NUR) model to increase resilience as well as a series of other systems-based approaches to improving resilience.

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Coastal Zone Management and geospatial technologies


Coastal zones are dynamic and ever-changing environments, which cover the interaction between land and water.

Coastal Zone Management examines the complex coastal areas to balance environmental, ecological, economical, human health, and human activities.

This programme defines the concepts and challenges of coastal zones, the need for coastal zone management and how geospatial technologies play a vital role in the integrated management of coastal zones.

ICE 2019 Exhibition - Water - From Source to Tap


A free public exhibition that explores the world of water engineering and the challenges faced in providing clean water to billions of people across the world.

Packed with videos, interactive content, activities, stories and stunning examples of water engineering projects from around the world, this exhibition is ideal for engineering enthusiasts, families, and budding engineering students.

This module will allow you to explore the zones within the exhibition, including ICE’s main displays that walk visitors through various engineering projects, which help support water infrastructure. Watch films in the ICE Media Cube, explore VR worlds and cutting-edge content on our interactive units and have a go at building some Civil Engineering models in our activity zone, with Lego and building kits.

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