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A walk through the Shimna Flood Alleviation Scheme, from start to finish, to alleviate the flood risk to affected properties, infrastructure and businesses in Newcastle. This webinar was held on 17 May 2022.

This presentation included:

  • An introduction to the Shimna Flood Alleviation Scheme which was given by Alan Reddick, including the need for the scheme based on previous flood events and the current flood risk to Newcastle.
  • Followed by an explanation from Karol McCusker, on how the design was developed, taking into account the constraints on the scheme including the sensitive environment, with an overview of the final proposed scheme.
  • Finishing with the construction Phase from Gerard McColgan, programme overview and how the scheme was approached to meet project constraints (environmental) and the key stakeholders' technical approach including utilising Dawson WAM’s specialist piling equipment, local community engagement and provide an update on current progress.

The speakers have very kindly allowed their presented material to be made available for viewing. The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.


Gerard McColgan, Contracts Director, DAWSOM WAM

Gerard is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 17 years experience in the successful delivery of a wide variety of award winning large-scale civil engineering and piling projects throughout the UK and Ireland.

Karol McCusker,
 Civil Engineer/Designer, formally AECOM

Karol is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers with 20+ years of experience in the Civil Engineering Industry. 


Alan Reddick, Capital Projects Unit, Major Projects, DFI Rivers

Alan is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 30+ years of experience in Flood Risk Management.”

This was a joint event with the APM Northern Ireland Branch and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

This event is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.

Previous webinars can be viewed on the APM Slideshare and YouTube channels

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