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Workshops - Sunday, June 17

Training workshops are not included with conference registration. All training workshops require advanced registration and in most cases, payment of a separate registration fee to attend. Walk-ins will not be allowed to participate without first registering and paying registration fee (if applicable).

$ - Indicates a fee-based workshop
* Targeted toward State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers are

Floodplain Management 101 (9am - 5pm) - $

Introductory = written for attendees with no previous (or limited) experience in FPM or the topic area
SUNDAY, 4/30/2017 from 9am-5pm
Cost = $80, 6.5 CECs for CFMs

Floodplain Management 101 covers the basic tenets of the NFIP and the minimum administrative requirements to successfully implement a community floodplain management program. Participants will learn the fundamentals of individual and local responsibilities for managing flood risks and loss through proper permitting and planning.


New floodplain managers.

  1. Define basic abbreviations and terms. 
  2. Identify legislative events in the NFIP’s history & recall the three goals of the NFIP 
  3. List the federal, state and local roles in the NFIP 
  4. Describe (in general terms) the minimum standards of the NFIP 
  5. Identify what information can be found in a Flood Insurance Study, and determine the BFE with a flood map and FIS for a specific property 
  6. Define an Approximate A Zone, and review how to find BFEs in Approximate A Zones 
  7. Explain Letters of Map Change 
  8. List the everyday duties of a local floodplain administrator and define a violation 
  9. Explain why substantial damage/improvement is a key tool in floodplain management and identify major considerations when making a substantial damage/improvement determination 
  10. Recognize when permits are, and are not, required for activities in the floodplain 
  11. Describe how to use an Elevation Certificate in floodplain management 
  12. Review how to handle variance requests, and discuss the process for remedying violations 
  13. Identify actions FEMA may take for community non-compliance with the NFIP
NFIP Basics 
  • Maps & Flood Insurance Studies (FIS) 
    • Using the Maps 
    • Approximate Zone A 
    • Updating the Map 
  • The Floodplain Administrator’s Role 
  • NFIP Compliance 
    • Permits 
    • Elevation Certificates 
    • Variances 
    • Violations 
    • Actions for Non-Compliance

40% lecture 
30% discussion 
30% small group exercise

NFIP Basics - 2 hours 
Maps & Flood Insurance Studies - 2 hours 
Floodplain Administrator Role - 2 hours 
NFIP Compliance - 2 hours   

  • Students exercises will include learning to map a property on a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and how to determine the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) using the FIRM and the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) to within one tenth of a foot. 
  • Students will be given scenarios for which they must determine if Substantial Damage or Substantial Improvement applies, and or which information is missing necessary to make the determination. 
  • Students will be given various scenarios where they must determine if a permit is required. 
  • Students will also be asked to identify information necessary to complete the FEMA Elevation Certificate (EC), using photos of various buildings determining which diagram applies, and commonly made mistakes and errors on the EC. 
  • Students will be given various examples where they must decide whether or not to grant a variance

Shanna Michael, GISP, CFM
GIS Specialist III, AECOM
Shanna Michael, GISP, CFM  GIS Specialist III, AECOM  Shanna Michael has over 10 years of experience working with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Hazard Mitigation Planning, community planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Hazus, and risk assessments. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in Environmental Science, as well as a GIS Certificate. She is currently a Hazus trained professional and Hazus trainer, and is the current president for the Heartland Hazus User Group. She has experience with FEMA’s Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map production and processes.

Jennifer Marcy, CFM
Project Manager, Atkins North America, Inc.
Jen has been providing flood- and NFIP-related outreach, training, and expertise on floodplain management regulations for over 12 years. She has trained hundreds of state and local floodplain managers across the country using a Certified Floodplain Manager Training program she created. Jen has been a co-chair for ASFPM's Training and Outreach Committee since 2009, and is on the Board of Directors of her own State Association (NY).

Heidi Carlin, CFM
Sr. Strategic Communications Specialist, AECOM
Heidi M. Carlin currently works as a Sr. Strategic Communications Specialist for AECOM. She is the Training Coordinator for the RAMPP team, supporting Risk MAP efforts for Regions II, III, and VI. She is also invovled with coastal outreach efforts, has developed training for EMI, assists with the National Dam Safety Awareness Program, and provides NFIP Technical Support to FEMA HQ. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Texas State – San Marcos. Her previous experience includes work educating floodplain managers, real estate agents, developers, and others in the river basin and continues to provide technical assistance to professionals and the general public.

* Why Am I Flooding When I Am Nowhere Near a Floodplain? (1pm - 3pm) - $

Intermediate = written for attendees with some experience in FPM or the topic area
SUNDAY, 4/30/2017 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cost = $45, 2 CECs for CFMs

Learn about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to preventing localized flooding, as well as how we got into this mess in the first place! This workshop exposes some of the attempts made by developers and their engineers to construct substandard developments and the unfortunate results. We deal with how to proactively avoid these problems in the project review phase. This workshop offers common sense advice for community plan reviewers whether they are engineers or not.

Attendees are encouraged to review the excerpts of the flood provisions of the 2015 International Codes, lists of changes from previous editions (2012 and 2009), and “Highlights of ASCE 24” (2014 and 2005), available online: https://www.fema.gov/building-code-resources. In addition, attendees may wish to review the Floodproofing Certificate (https://www.fema.gov/floodproofing-certificate ) and Section E.1.1 of FEMA’s HMA Unified Guidance (https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/103279 ).

The target audience consists of people who review development plans for communities and for people who prepare development plans that want to avoid building in problems.

  1. Understand the reasons behind localized flooding issue related to development
  2. Identify potential problems with development plans 
  3. Ask for the proper assurances from the developer to protect adjacent properties 
  4. Gain political support for higher standards in drainage design criteria.
  • Introduction - How we got to this point 
  • Exercises 
    • Dealing with inadequate infrastucture  
    • Using streets only for stormwater conveyance  
    • Design errors  
    • When water decides to ignore left and right turns  
    • Incorrect use of stormwater detention 
  • Takeaways
20% Lecture  40% Small group discussion  40% Overall group discussion

15 minute Introduction to the topic  Five 30 minute sessions, each consisting of   

1. pass out example of localized drainage problem,       
2. group discussion of the reasons for flooding, and       
3. examples of design criteria that would have prevented the problem  30 minute followup with suggested essential drainage design criteria elements and checklists for required information from developers

Participants will work in groups.  For each of the exercises a development plan will be passed out with downstream constraints, calculated flow rates and drainage area sizes or other pertinent data. The group will discuss whether this is enough information to judge whether or not this is appears to be adequately designed.   The results of the construction of the development plan will be passed out during the 2nd half of each discussion. The groups will discuss what criteria should have been in place to prevent flooding. Overall group discussion of the criteria will occur during the last 5-minutes of each 30-minute problem.  An example exercise will be a development where mistakes were made during an earlier phase, limiting the outflow at the downstream end of this phase. The developer's engineer chose to "doctor" the calculations to match the constraint which caused the pipe to surcharge into areas constructed at elevations lower than the the surcharge elevations.

Janet Meshek, PE, CFM
Manager/Principal Engineer, Meshek & Associates, PLC
Ms. Meshek holds a BSCE and an MSCE from Oklahoma State University, and served on the OSU Board of Visitors from 1995 to 1998. She was named the OSU Chi Epsilon Chapter Honor Member in May 2001. Ms. Meshek is a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas and holds an NCEES Record Certificate. She also served as the Chair of the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association in 2002-2003. She served as a board member for the Disaster Resilience Network from 2014 to 2017.  In her 39 years of experience in engineering, Ms. Meshek has provided design services for numerous roadway, storm sewer, culvert, bridge, and detention pond design projects. She has prepared master drainage planning studies, written or updated ordinances and drainage design criteria manuals and supervised several municipal studies, including capital improvement project prioritization and updating municipal fee schedules. She has served as an expert witness in numerous drainage-related litigation cases, including damage and condemnation cases for the City of Tulsa and for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.   Ms. Meshek has made presentations at several conferences including the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers Tulsa Chapter in 2010,  Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association each year since 2001, the Association of State Floodplain Managers national conferences in 2010,  2011, 2015 and 2016, the 2004 Earth Day Symposium in St. Louis, the 2003 Tulsa Region Citizens Summit and Community Fair in Tulsa, the 2002 Meeting of the AASHTO Task Force on Hydrology & Hydraulics, and the 1996 Johnson Creek Design Charrette in Arlington, Texas. She also served on Governor Frank Keating’s Tar Creek Superfund Task Force Drainage and Flooding Subcommittee in 2000.

Elevation Certificates and LOMAs: The proper way to complete FEMA’s Elevation Certificate, MT-1 and MT-EZ forms, and how these are used in floodplain management. (1pm - 5pm) - $

Introductory = written for attendees with no previous (or limited) experience in FPM or the topic area
SUNDAY, June 17, 2018 from 1-5pm
Cost = $45, 3.5 CECs for CFMs

 This workshop will go through FEMA's latest Elevation Certificate section by section to help participants verify forms are being completed correctly by both licensed professionals and local officials.  Specific focus will be applied to building diagrams since they are very important in floodplain management at the local level and insurance rating by the NFIP.  The workshop will then go through the proper submittal of MT-1s identifying common shortfalls, submittal options, and use of FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center.

Participants will benefit from understanding how the EC is used in their own profession (for perspective and general application), either completing, reviewing, or how they use the information for code enforcement or flood insurance rating. This knowledge is not a requirement.

This workshop is geared toward surveyors, engineers, architects, floodplain managers, code officials, insurance agents, and others who may complete or utilize the Elevation Certificate and MT forms for floodplain management purposes or submission to federal agencies. 

  1. Participants will understand how Elevation Certificates are properly completed section by section including building diagram selection. 
  2. Participants will know how the Elevation Certificate is used by different individuals including local government officials, surveyors, and MT-1 processors. 
  3. Participants will understand the basics of LOMA/MT-1 submittals, and the possible determination types 
  4. Participants will learn how to properly submit a LOMA including common shortfalls and where they can find zone A information recognized by FEMA   
  5. Participants will become familiar with FEMA’s recently updated Flood Map Service Center and learn ways to use it in the EC, LOMA, and floodplain management process.
Elevation Certificates including Building Diagrams 
Importance of the Lowest Floor for floodplain management 
MT-1 Applications and common practices, shortfalls and application methods 
FEMA’s Map Service Center

65% Lecture
25% Discussion
10% Exercise

10 min Introductions 
60 min Basics of the Elevation Certificate Form   
25 min Building Diagrams   
15 min Building Diagram exercise 
15 min Common EC Errors (surveyors and communities)   
30 min MT-1 Basics and types of LOMAs 
15 min How EC is used as part of LOMA Reviews 
30 min How to Properly Submit a LOMA including FEMA Accepted Zone A Resources 
15 min FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center  Q&A (as time allows, and throughout the workshop)

Participants will be given sample photographs of buildings and work together to identify the proper building diagram. Sample ECs will also be reviewed to identify common errors.

Becca Fricke-Croft, CFM
Senior Planner, Atkins North America
Becca Fricke-Croft is the Training and Outreach Lead for the FEMA Region X Regional Service Center. As a former elected official and local floodplain manager, she possess a unique perspective of the communication and training needs of local community officials, engineers and surveyors. Ms. Fricke provides online and in person training on a number of topics related to the National Flood Insurance Program, with a special emphasis on the floodplain development review process, building inspections, and Elevation Certificates.

Brock Remus, CFM
Project Manager/Due Process Lead,Atkins North America
Brock Remus is a Project Manager and the Due Process Lead for STARR II and has 10 years of NFIP experience working with individuals and government officials concerning regulations, due process, and MT-1 processing guidance.  For 6 years, he served as the Region V MT-1 Lead for Atkins and STARR under Risk Map. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with a BA and MS in Geography.

Corey Garyotis, P.E., CFM
Alabama State NFIP Coordinator, Alabama Office of Water Resources ADECA
Mr. Garyotis is a professional engineer with over 19 years’ experience in floodplain management that extends from Virginia to Florida to Texas and Alabama. Currently he is the State NFIP Coordinator in the ADECA Office of Water Resources’ Floodplain Management Unit. Prior to his service with ADECA, Mr. Garyotis worked as a consulting engineer performing project and program management for several water resources and environmental projects. He’s also performed engineering studies for LOMRs and FEMA map updates and he served several years as the State NFIP Coordinator in Virginia. His experience includes deployment on nine presidentially declared disasters including Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Mr. Garyotis has 10 years’ experience in engineering consulting for geotechnical evaluations, solid waste management facility permitting and design, and construction quality assurance. He is a graduate from Auburn University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Agricultural Science.

* PCSWMM/EPA SWMM5 Floodplain Modeling Workshop (1pm - 5pm) $

Intermediate = written for attendees with some experience in FPM or the topic area
SUNDAY, June 17, 2018 from 1:00p - 5:00pm
Cost = $45.00 3.5 CECs for CFMs

This PCSWMM and EPA SWMM5 workshop focuses on getting both new and advanced users up to speed on the capabilities of these two modeling packages. Learn the theory, tools and practical hands-on applications of SWMM5 hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for stormwater and watershed systems. Special emphasis is on floodplains, calibration and drainage system planning and analysis using both single event and continuous modeling and integrated 1D-2D modeling.

Participants must have basic computer skills typical of any engineering office. Undergraduate courses in hydrology and hydraulics are advantageous. A background in water resources, stormwater, drainage, hydrology and/or hydraulics is recommended.

Design engineers, planners, technicians, regulatory officials and urban drainage/stormwater management modeling personnel.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Comprehend the theory behind SWMM5 hydrologic & hydraulic modeling: rainfall/runoff and conveyance
  • Understand the capabilities, limitations and applications of SWMM5 in a flood analysis context
  • Recognize the files and structure of SWMM5/PCSWMM
  • Understand how to build a basic model, evaluate/calibrate it and infer results
  • Gain confidence in exploring the SWMM5/PCSWMM modeling environment
Topics covered in this workshop: 
  • SWMM5 hydrology and hydraulics theory 
  • SWMM5 file structure & PCSWMM interface 
  • SWMM5 model building and set-up 
  • Integrated 1D-2D model set-up 
  • Data preparation, importing and use 
  • SWMM5 model analysis and results interpretation 
  • SWMM5 model calibration
The course starts with an introduction to EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM, hydrology and hydraulics theory, model construction, discretization and parameterization (including GIS integration), with a focus on urban and watershed flood management.   Later in the course, focus transitions to an introduction to detailed integrated 1D-2D flood modeling, model calibration and presenting results.   Instructor lectures and demonstrations on theory are interspersed with hands-on exercises using real-world examples and data sets, organized in a logical way to lead you through the software packages and build on the theory presented.  Group discussion will be included after each exercise to explain common questions/issues encountered and gain insight from participants.

40% Hands-on exercise 
35% Lecture 
15% Video/Live demonstration 
10% QA/Discussion and Survey

PowerPoint: Introduction to PCSWMM and SWMM5 workshop [15 min]
Demo: PCSWMM interface orientation [10 min]
PowerPoint: SWMM5 hydrology quantity modeling and watershed delineation [20 min]
Hands-on exercise: Design of a 1D floodplain SWMM5 model. Task 1 – hydrology. [20 min]
Q/A & Discussion [5 min]
PowerPoint: SWMM5 hydraulics [20 min]
Hands-on exercise: Design of a 1D floodplain SWMM5 model. Task 2 – hydraulics. [20 min]
Break [10 minutes]
PowerPoint: PCSWMM 2D and benchmarking [30 min]
Hands-on exercise: Design of a 2D floodplain SWMM5 model. [30 min]
Q/A & Discussion [5 min]
Demo: Importing time series and calibration [15 min]
Hands-on exercise: Calibrating a 1D-2D floodplain SWMM5 model [15 min]
Q/A & Discussion [5 min]
Demo: Printing and reporting [10 min]
Workshop survey and feedback. [10 min]

Each of the 4 exercises will take the participant through a task based on the SWMM5 theory discussed in the lecture before. The first exercise will allow the participant to set up the hydrology portion of their SWMM5 model using GIS and time series tools in PCSWMM. The second exercise will integrate the hydraulics portion of the model with parameterization tools in PCSWMM. Both intro exercises have been allotted 20 minutes.   Once the basic hydrology/hydraulics model is created and run, more advanced modeling is introduced. In the third exercise, an integrated 1D-2D model will be created from the original 1D model. This model will allow for detailed flood and risk mapping and has been allotted 30 minutes. Following this, the instructor will demonstrate the time series and calibration tools in PCSWMM. The fourth exercise allows participants a chance to calibrate their own model using PCSWMM’s SRTC calibration tool. This has been allotted 15 minutes. A final 10-minute demonstration outlines how to print model results for reporting.

John Covey, PE, CFM
Associate Project Manager, Wood
John has 14 years of experience in the planning, analysis, design, program financing, and policy development of water resources related projects. He has performed countless watershed studies using a variety of hydrologic and hydraulic methods across the North American continent in varying terrestrial ecosystems.  Since the FEMA Map Modernization era to today’s Flood Risk era he has been a part of flood study development in FEMA Region 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8.  In 2013, he assisted in flood mitigation studies in relief of the flood recovery of City of Calgary, Alberta.  In addition to FEMA studies he has supported numerous water resources projects including dams & dam breach analyses, levee certification & rehabilitation, CIPs, urban development plans, master drainage plans, stormwater program business plans, stormwater policy development, and stream restoration.  He has developed hydrologic and hydraulics models for numerous stormwater projects specializing in 1-D and 2-D methods, single-event & continuous simulations, NEXRAD calibration & historical event simulation/calibration, and numerical analyses of urban closed systems.  Finally John has presented and lectured at many conferences, seminars, and training workshops across the country.

Michael Gregory, PE, CFM
Engineering Director, Computational Hydraulics International (CHI)
Mike has 24 years of experience in water resources planning, analysis, design, program financing, and policy development. He has developed hydrologic and hydraulic models for over 95 stormwater analysis and design projects and specializes in continuous simulation for water balance calculations, nonpoint source water quality loading, sizing of sediment removal and rainwater harvesting facilities, and assessment of watercourse and wetland impacts. He has also assisted with the development of and technical support for stormwater modeling software. Mike has been a lead author and researcher for many peer-reviewed technical papers and publications, and has presented and lectured at conferences, seminars, training workshops and universities world-wide.




Workshops - Monday, June 18

* The ‘411’ on Activity 420: The Natural Way to Get Community Rating System Credit (8am - 12pm)

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 from 8am-12pm
Cost = $45.00, 6.5 CECs for CFMs

This interactive workshop is focused on resources that can help communities save money on flood insurance while simultaneously strengthening resilience through the Community Rating System (CRS). Participants will use decision support tools and learn about how they can be used in the CRS planning process so they achieve the most economic and ecological benefit. Tools include: 
  • ASFPM and CSO’s Green Guide   
  • Esri’s “Open Space Preservation for the Community Rating System” living atlas layer 
  • NOAA’s Open Space Preservation How-To and GIS workflow 
  • TNC’s Community Rating System Explorer 
Attendees will need to bring a lap top to participate in a hands-on exercises. 

Helpful to have some awareness of CRS and basic awareness of GIS

Participants will be required to bring their own WiFi capable laptop computers/device that have the capability to access non-secured Internet sites. Participants will need to have web access to their email accounts in order to register for social media tools. (If participants have previously signed up for Twitter or Facebook, they must be able to log in during the class.)

Local, State, Engineers, GIS users,

Following this workshop, the learner will be able to:   
  • Understand how the 420 Open Space Preservation points tie into the larger Community Rating System program and participation benefits 
  • Understand how activities within the  420 Open Space Preservation can also  increase community resilience as well as meeting the program needs of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System 
  • Use a variety of decision support tools to locate and prioritize eligible open space preservation areas and calculate potential OSP credits and prioritize conservation/restoration of future open space in the floodplain 
  • Apply knowledge gained during the workshop to facilitate the Community Rating System open space application process 
Topics covered during this session include:  
  • Flood reduction and ecosystem benefits of natural infrastructure 
  • Community Rating System Activity 420 Open Space Preservation 
  • Tools and resources to help communities at all stages and capacities within the CRS program address Activity 420 Open Space Preservation in current and future planning
The workshop will be a mixture of presentation, question and answer, and interactive exercises that allow participants to dive into the tools so they can apply the skills and knowledge gained in the workshop.       
First 2 hours: CRS Activity 420 Open Space Preservation and tools overview 

  • 50% lecture   
  • 50% demonstration and Q&A discussion   
Second 2 hours: Benefits to your community: Exploring tools for a specific scenario 
  • 50% small group exercise   
  • 50% discussion and sharing of lessons learned 
  • Getting stated –  10 min
  • Welcome and course overview (Lori Cary-Kothera, moderator)  30  min 
  • Overview of CRS and Activity 420 Open Space Preservation – considerations for communities (Dave Carlton)  40 min.
  • Interactive Tools and Resources to Help: Panel Demonstration/Q&A Discussion (Rebecca Love, Jeff Stone, Laura Flessner)  15 min. 
  • Break   
  • Open Space Preservation Activity – putting it all together (Small Group Exercises)   
  • The following activities show how a suite of tools can be used to earn credits under the 420 Open Space Preservation activity and improve overall community resilience.  15 min. 
  • Discover best practices and lessons learned from the top performing CRS communities across the country. (Jeff Stone)  30 min. 
  • Identify screening-level open space preservation opportunities using a national living atlas layer (Laura Flessner)  30 min. 
  • Map and calculate OSP credits using best available data (Rebecca Love)  30 min. 
  • Explore and prioritize future open space preservation opportunities (Laura Flessner)  30 min. 
  • Report out – what did you learn?  What will you take with you? (Lori Cary-Kothera, moderator)  10 min. 
  • Summary, recap of the session and evaluation 
  • Participants will explore a suite of decision support tools for CRS planners and GIS practitioners that address a range of technical capacities and data availability. In small groups, participants will receive a hypothetical scenario where they will explore the various tools to identify open space in a given location and determine whether they are eligible for open space preservation credit and why.  They will use the various resources to progress through a logical workflow.  Through this workflow, students will examine how the tools are complementary yet relevant for different applications and different scales.
Lori Cary-Kothera, Facilitation Expert
Operations Manager/Physical Scientist, NOAA
Lori Cary-Kothera  NOAA Office for Coastal Management    Lori Cary-Kothera is the Operations Manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. In addition to leading the effort for the development of Digital Coast, Lori works on a variety of projects helping local coastal resource agencies better utilize technologies to address coastal issues. Recently Lori has been working with communities in the Great Lakes helping to address their flooding issues using green infrastructure techniques. Lori has a BS in Biology and Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University and a MS degree in Biological Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology.

Dave Carlton, CFM, PLLc
Professional Engineer, DKCarlton & Associates
Dave Carlton     Dave Carlton is a professional engineer and CFM with over 40 years of experience in water resources and floodplain management.  Dave currently represents Region X on the ASFPM Board of Directors and serves on the Certification Board of Regents.  For the past 11 years he has been part of the CRS Consultant team working with FEMA to implement the program nationally.  He is now one of two primary consultants as well as being a technical reviewer for stormwater and natural functions credits.  Dave has a B.S degree in Civil Engineering and a M.S. degree in Water Resources Engineering, both from Washington State University.

Jeff Stone, GISP, CFM
Sr. Research Manager, ASFPM
Jeff is a Senior Research Manager with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). As part ASFPM’s Flood Science Program, he manages research and outreach projects that focus on informing flood policy through science. Projects include, but are not limited to developing and evaluating tools, websites and software; researching the legal, practical and technological issues related to flood management policy and practices; and communicating effective use of GIS tools and applications aimed at floodplain management through webinars and workshops. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Geographic Information Sciences with minor in coastal and fluvial geomorphology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Laura Flessner,  GIS
GIS Manager, TNC
Laura manages the development and use of mapping technologies to advance the Natural Solutions Toolkit, the largest suite of web mapping decision support tools for conservation and climate adaptation at The Nature Conservancy.  This toolkit has supported over 100 communities, public agencies, and decision makers around the world focusing on the identification of nature-based adaptation and risk mitigation solutions from global to local in scale and across freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems.

HELP WANTED: Support Base Level Engineering as a BLE Ambassador (8am - 12pm) - $

Intermediate = written for attendees with some experience in FPM or the topic area
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 from 8am-12pm
Cost = $45, 3.5 CECs for CFMs

Without adequate, accurate, and current maps, neither construction nor the insurance regulatory elements of the Flood Mapping Program can be effective (Technical Mapping Advisory Council, 2000).    The Base Level Engineering (BLE) approach leverages high-resolution topography and generates broad flood risk assessments using large scale automated engineering methodologies, instead of targeting individual stream reaches within a community, county or watershed.  Using current technologies, multiple watersheds or watersheds with large land areas can be analyzed at a more efficient rate to produce water-surface elevations and site-specific hazard data replacing outdated flood studies shown in existing Flood Insurance Rate Maps.  All flood prone areas analyzed within a watershed will end up with an engineering model calculating multiple flood recurrence intervals and defining floodplains with elevation grids using high-resolution topography.    The Base Level Engineering methodology provides flood data that can be shared with Federal, State, and local governments in a timely fashion, far in advance of FEMA’s historic data sharing meeting, the Flood Risk Review. The benefits of sharing provides stakeholders at all levels the data and tools to make informed decisions to reduce future flood losses. This data availability opens a broad conversation, initiating a longer term communication with communities related to risk communication, potential projects for data generation, enhancing local floodplain management activities, higher standards, mitigation project identification, and assessment and prioritization of flood risk reduction opportunities.   This is where you come in!  This workshop will immerse participants in interactive sessions to provide basic understanding of the Base Level Engineering concepts, engage participants in identifying opportunities where data from Base Level Engineering assessments may lead to deeper conversations related to community planning, flood hazard identification, engineering model refinement opportunities, mitigation, recovery and risk reduction planning, identification and determination of an estimated Base Flood Elevation at a property or structure location.    At the close of the workshop participants will be provided an opportunity to gain their BLE Ambassador badge, expanding the network of professionals that can support communities in their review and use of Base Level Engineering data to enhance their local floodplain management activities.


Local officials, State, Federal, Local technical staff, Engineers, Surveyors, Planners, Communications, Insurance, CRS professionals, etc.

  • Increase Community collaboration and process transparency for preparation of flood hazard data 
  • Build a community of practitioners and ambassadors to support the Base Level Engineering concept 
  • Support community use of Base Level Engineering data for local floodplain management activities 
  • Broaden risk awareness and risk assessment discussions to reduce future flood risk   
  • Create a network and framework for community support needed to embrace Base Level Engineering 
  • What is Base Level Engineering? 
  • Minimum Deliverables and Data Packaging for Base Level Engineering 
  • Risk Communication Strategies   
  • BLE Ambassadorship Presentations
10% Lecture 
50% Facilitated Discussion 
40% Small/Large Group Exercise
30 minutes Introductions 
15 minutes What is Base Level Engineering? 
20 minutes Minimum Deliverables – Base Level Engineering Data packaging and other activities 
20 minutes Group Exercise (Storming/Norming) 
20 minutes Establishing a Communications Objective.  Who are you speaking to? What are you trying to say? Where  are they on their journey? 
10 minutes Break 
20 minutes Base Level Engineering Communications Steps & Journeys 
20 minutes BLE Refinement Basics 
20 minutes Using Base Level Engineering Data for FIRM updates 
40 minutes Gallery Walk (BLE Packaging Examples, Estimated BFE Viewer) AND Group exercise 
20 minutes Group Report Out

Groups of 5-6 participants will “choose” an audience and a situation by luck of the draw related to a real world BLE support opportunity.  Throughout the workshop the teams will meet to:  - Identify any assumptions related to the audience or situation provided  - Identify the current “step” their audience will initiate on  - Establish a target end point  - Determine the steps from current to target and define a strategy   - Provide three high points they want their audience to take aware  - Identify how their assertion will be backed by BLE data sets or opportunity  - Teams will provide a report out at the end of the session 

Diane Howe, CFM
Risk MAP Lead, FEMA, Region 6
Diane Howe is the Risk MAP Lead for FEMA Region 6 in Denton, TX. She oversees Risk MAP program efforts working with the FEMA Project Monitors, CTPs, the Program Management Consultant, and CERC, Standard Ops and Engineering Contractors.  Her career with FEMA began in 2006 and includes support of the mapping outreach and risk communications efforts with Risk MAP, coastal efforts in Louisiana and Texas, and levees. Her accomplishments include coordinating the development of online communications and mapping platforms such as RiskMAP6.com and the Estimated BFE viewer, the Region 6 Risk MAP Framework, and collaborating to define and implement the Region 6 Multi-year Strategy and Base Level Engineering Strategy.  Prior to her work with FEMA, Diane had over 20 years of experience in public speaking, outreach, and program development and management in the private sector.

Elizabeth Savage, PE
Regional Program Management Lead, H2O Partners, Inc.
Elizabeth currently serves as the Regional Program Management Lead (or RPML) supporting the FEMA Region 6 offices in Denton, Texas.  With more than 15 years of experience, Elizabeth regularly sits on internal strategic initiative teams at both the Regional and Headquarters level.  Ms. Savage is a visionary with tactical application working across and among numerous federal partners to initiate the Interagency Federal Management or INFORM (InFRM) team within the Region.    She has supported engineering, data delivery, program and project outreach, training, collaboration and efficiency initiatives throughout the country, participating in the Hurricane Sandy and the 2015 Central Texas Advisory Base Flood Elevation data releases.  A huge supporter of the Cooperating Technical Partners program, Elizabeth has assisted the FEMA Region in defining how Risk MAP could look for each State.  Implementation strategies and forward leaning project and program planning are her favorite pursuits.  With Risk MAP Elizabeth’s goals include developing ways to empower communities to make long term risk reduction decisions, grow capacity and capability at the local level and strengthen partnerships at every level of government.  She remains at the front of her field and never shies away from a “what if” question or scenario.   

Jessica Baker, PE, PMP. CFM
Regional Technical Support Coordinator, Compass JV
Jessica is a Vice President at Halff Associates in Richardson, TX and currently serves as the Regional Technical Coordinator (RTC) on the Compass PTS Team supporting FEMA Region 6. Prior to this assignment, Jessica managed the Water Resources Team at Halff which was involved in hydrologic and hydraulic studies throughout the state of Texas. She’s led floodplain and storm water management projects and has extensive experience with FEMA's mapping programs in regards to hydrology, open channel hydraulics, and floodplain mapping.      Jessica serves as the Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) President.  Ms. Baker has taught numerous basic and advanced Floodplain Management Courses for thousands of attendees around the country.     She is passionate about the education of community officials, media, and citizens and works to provide outreach and training to ensure all communities understand the risks associated with flooding.      Jessica serves as the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Region 6 Director, on the Board of Directors since 2012. She also serves as the Professional Development Committee (PDC) Co-Chair where she’s worked to introduce ethics training for floodplain managers throughout the nation.      Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Certified Floodplain Manager, and obtained the Project Management Professional certification.

* Flood Insurance for Floodplain Managers (8am - 12pm) $

Introductory = written for attendees with no previous (or limited) experience in FPM or the topic area
MONDAY, June 18, 2018  from 8am-12pm 
Cost = $45.00, 3.5 CECs for CFMs

This training module discusses the basics of flood insurance backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) including coverage, rating, policy information, rate and rule changes, and opportunities for flood insurance outreach. This course identifies basic rating elements including compliance and rating elements for enclosures. The differences between Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) and Base Flood Elevation (BFE), rating differences in A Zones without BFEs, and compliance factors affecting insurance rates are discussed. Resources for outreach and updates will be identified and discussed as well as a brief overview of changes to flood insurance due to the 2012 and 2014 NFIP Reform bills.

We recommend participants have at least two years floodplain management experience in the field or a CFM.

Written for the local floodplain administrator.

  1. Understand the basics of flood insurance including coverage, rating, policy information, rate and rule changes,
  2. Identify basic rating elements including compliance and rating elements for enclosures.
  3. Understand the differences between insurance and floodplain management (sometimes referred to as "disconnects").
  • NFIP coverage
  • Rating
  • NFIP policy information
  • Rate and rule changes
  • Compliance and rating elements for enclosures
  • Differences between Lowest Floor Elevation and Base Flood Elevation (LFE/BFE)
  • Rating differences in A Zones without BFEs
  • Compliance factors affecting insurance rates
  • Opportunities for outreach
Workshop will be presented through a facilitated discussion of the topics identified above. Participants will be encouraged to share their personal experiences and questions.

40% lecture;
40% group discussion;
20% exercises/learning checks

Bruce A. Bender, CFM
Senior Vice President, Bender Consulting Services, Inc., ASFPM Insurance Committee Co-Chair
Bruce A. Bender specializes in outreach and risk communication services. He currently is consulting nationally on FEMA’s FloodSmart marketing campaign. He also consults on FEMA’s Risk MAP effort, as well as more locally with counties and communities in helping them develop and implement successful outreach and risk communications plans. In addition, Bruce has participated in FEMA-funded studies with such research facilities as RAND Corporation, provided training and facilitation services to a wide array of clients, and has been an expert witness in court cases related to flood and excess flood insurance. Prior to consulting, Bruce worked in the insurance industry for close to 15 years, including managing one of the largest WYO flood insurance programs. Bruce has been active in several flood-related committees and associations and is the current Co-Chair of the ASFPM Insurance Committee. He has a B.S. in Geology from The College of William and Mary……and a flood insurance policy!

Dorothy Martinez, ANFI, CFM
Sr. Territory Training Manager, H2O Partners, Inc.
Dorothy Martínez, is a Sr. Territory Training Manager for FEMA’s training contractor, H2O Partners. H2O Partners’ team of National Flood Insurance Program trainers was selected by FEMA to present training nationally to insurance agents, lenders and claims adjusters. Dorothy conducts classroom and web-based training in the country’s southern region from California to Florida. She has over 27 years of insurance industry experience with 21 years specializing in flood insurance. She received her national designation as a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) in 2003 and Associate in Flood Insurance (ANFI) in 2011. Dorothy has provided education, outreach and technical support during numerous disaster declarations in the past 17 years. With a focus on flood education to agents and lenders, she conducts instructor-led and web-based training as well as training at local, State and National conferences

Edie Lohmann
Trainer, FEMA
Bio: On File

* Determining the Critical Path of a Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) Modeling Project (10am - 12pm) - $

Intermediate = written for attendees with some experience in FPM or the topic area
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 from 10am-12pm
Cost = $45, 2 CECs for CFMs

Ever wonder how project scheduling software determines the timeline for all the activities of a project?  Learn how to create a network diagram and compute the critical path using a manual approach. This method can be used for any type of project and will help you understand how project scheduling software works.

No prior knowledge of scheduling is necessary. Knowledge of H&H modeling activities is helpful, but not required.

This workshop is for anyone who is managing a project’s timeline.

  1. Recognize the various logical rules for preparing a network; 
  2. Create a network diagram for a project; 
  3. Compute the early and late times, slack/float and the critical path.
  • Recognize key project scheduling terminology;  Connecting activities using logical rules;  Assembling a project’s activities into a logical network diagram;  Event time computations (early and late times, slack/float and critical path).
The workshop will be presented through a combination of lecture and interactive discussion of how to select and input climate change values in the FEMA BCA modules and what supporting documentation should be provided. Participants will be encouraged to share their personal experiences, challenges and questions. A hands-on exercise will allow participants to review sample climate change project BCA data and work in small groups to assess the documentation used to support the data. The agenda indicates the following percentage breakdown of instructional methods for the workshop:

Segment 1:  The workshop will begin with the introduction of key project management terminology and concepts by using a simple example project.   
Segment 2:  The workshop will transition into a large group exercise for a Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling project. Participants will assemble the given activities into a network diagram that makes logical sense. The group exercise will be facilitated by the instructor on the white board. The group will participate in calculating the early and late times, slack/float, and critical path of the project.   
Segment 3:  The final segment of the workshop will consist of an individual exercise. Participants will each repeat the steps used in the group exercise, but for a smaller project.   

(35%) Segment 1:  Lecture on Introduction of key terminology and concepts 
(40%) Segment 2:  Large Group Exercise 
(25%) Segment 3:  Individual Exercise 

30 min Segment 1:  Example Project 
45 min Segment 2:  Group H&H Project 
30 min Segment 3:  Individual Project 
15 min Review of individual exercise

Participants will be provided two draft case studies of climate resilient mitigation activities. The two case study assessments will last approximately 10 minutes each and will work in groups to assess the project and potential issues related to BCA.
Segment 2 Group Exercise:  The group will assist the instructor on constructing a network diagram for a Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling project using the white board.  Group participants will assist with determining the critical path for the project. The group exercise will take approximately 45 minutes. Participants will be given a copy of the group exercise. 
Segment 3 Individual Exercise:  Individuals will each be responsible for creating a network diagram on their own for a simple project and determining its critical path using a manual approach. 30 minutes will be allowed for completion of the individual exercise.
Afterwards, the instructor will review the exercise (15 min). 

Aaron Thomas, PE, CFM
Project Engineer, Illinois State Water Survey
Mr. Thomas is a project water resources engineer with the Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program (CHAMP) at the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS).  The ISWS is a state cooperating technical partner with FEMA, along with our partner the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Mr. Thomas’s engineering career also includes working as a private consultant.  Mr. Thomas is involved with floodplain modeling and mapping projects in the State of Illinois, which include performing an overland flow study using HEC-RAS 2-D modeling for the City of Joliet, Illinois. He has a Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is a licensed professional engineer and certified floodplain manager in the State of Illinois.

* From A Reviewers Standpoint Letter of Map Revisions and Physical Map Revisions Data Review. (1-3pm) - $

Introductory = written for attendees with no previous (or limited) experience in FPM or the topic area
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 from 1-3pm
Cost = $45, 2 CECs for CFMs

his workshop will be helping and educating requesters, community officials (floodplain managers), engineers, and other state reviewers involved in Letters of Map Revision (LOMRs) and Physical Map Revisions (PMRs) (DNR, USACE) focusing in technical issues on how to meet the FEMA floodplain regulations from modeling to mapping that are produced through the LOMR and PMR and levee LOMR submittal process. we are the currently FEMA reviewers for Regions 5, 7,9,10,5 and  We have been delivering latest and current FEMA regulations and updates through this and other conferences to expedite the Mapping, Levee, ESA and LOMR process.


Local and state officials, FEMA region and HQ, and engineers.

  1. How the technical LOMR review process works.   
  2. Learn to identify common mistakes in technical issues modeling and mapping.   
  3. Understand how to meet the current FEMA regulations and reflect it on the LOMR and PMR submittals. 
  4. How to check if FEMA standards apply in the new maps and modeling. 
  5. How compliant Levees are mapped in the effective revision.
  • Discuss former and new approachs from the reviwers stand point on LOMRs and Mapping Procedures acceptable technical modeling and new regulations and policies that affect the change. 
  • Identify common mistakes on LOMR modeling and mapping on LOMR submittals.   
  • Discusses the new 2017 FEMA LOMR forms and guidelines, and submittal technical requirements.   
  • Provide info to connect the community officials, requestors, FEMA region and FEMA HQ during the process and review. 
  1. How the technical LOMR review process works.   
  2. Learn to identify common mistakes in technical issues modeling and mapping.   
  3. Understand how to meet the current FEMA regulations and reflect it on the LOMR and PMR submittals.   
  4. How to check if FEMA standards apply in the new maps and modeling.   
  5. How compliant Levees are mapped in the effective revision. 

30 minutes lecture   
30 minutes hands-on training and activity   
20 minutes questions and answers   
10 minutes Wrap-Up

Alex Haptemariam, PE,CFM
Senior project Manager/ Associate, Stantec
Alex Haptemariam, P.E., CFM, M.S. Environmental Engineering:, and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. He Has 22 years of experience in National Flood Insurance Program, Stormwater Management, Land Development Design, and hydrology and hydraulics. He is a Senior Project Manager for the Engineering and Water Resources group at Stantec, Inc. He supervises and provides technical guidance to engineering, scientific, technical staff, and coordinates with clients, contractors and consultants. He published  and presented several papers and conducted multiple workshops for various conferences including ASFPM and FMA.He is currently the lead for MT-2 for the STARR II JV on the FEMA Production and Technical Services (PTS) Contract for FEMA floodplain mapping.

Thomas Schwietzer, PE, CEM, GISP
Senior Project Director, Atkins North America
Mr. Schweitzer has more than 30 years of collective experience in engineering consulting and GIS technologies. His engineering experience includes civil site design, transportation design, environmental assessment, water resource engineering, floodplain mapping and geospatial technology development. He has his P.E., PMP, CFM, and GISP certification and is a Sr. Project Director at Atkins. Tom lead the development of the first fully GIS digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for FEMA, along with the GIS tool set that automated the process to produce the digital product. Currently, Mr. Schweitzer is working with FEMA, Production and Technical Service (PTS) Contract, Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction II Joint Venture, (STARR II JV). He has over 16 years management experience in FEMA Floodplain Mapping Program and is the lead for STARR II national study production and MT-2s processing.

Local Land Use Strategies for Reducing Flood Risk (1-5pm) - $

Introductory = written for attendees with no previous (or limited) experience in FPM or the topic area
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 from 1-5pm
Cost = $45, 3.5 CECs for CFMs

Federal regulations state that communities participating in the NFIP must take flood hazards into account in all official actions relating to land management and use. This workshop will review the available tools for implementing comprehensive local floodplain management programs that use local authorities to proactively manage land uses in mapped floodplains and other hazardous areas. Participants will learn about strategies for integrating flood hazards with other local priorities in comprehensive plans and for promoting flood safe land use patterns through local regulations. We will apply these principles to case studies.

Working knowledge of floodplain management and the National Flood Insurance Program.
Local government officials, staff, and board members. Anyone who supports and works with local communities: consultants, non-profits, regional, state, or federal.
  1. Explain why improved land use management is essential for reducing flood risks. 
  2. Assist with integration of flood risks into local land use planning efforts   
  3. Assist local communities with developing land use policies, procedures, and regulatory language that reduce flood damage.
  • Land use and planning considerations for flood risks. 
  • Techniques for integrating flood hazards into local land use plans. 
  • Regulatory strategies for reducing flood risks through zoning, site plan review, subdivision, and other local land use regulations.
Workshop will be presented through a facilitated discussion of how local land use authorities can be used to proactively manage flood risks. Participants will contribute suggestions during facilitated discussion and work in small groups to apply the concepts to case studies. Each group will then report out about their case study and the group’s recommendations.   

25% Lecture 
45% Facilitated discussion (including report-out from group exercises) 
30% Small group break out exercises
15 min. Introductions 
15 min. Land use management tools for promoting development patterns that reduce flood damage and protect the beneficial functions of flood-prone areas (lecture) 
30 min. Techniques for integrating flood risks into local comprehensive plans (lecture/discussion) 
30 min. Case studies to develop recommendations for land use planning in communities for which flood risk reduction appears to conflict with other community objectives (small group exercise) 
30 min. Report out from each group (facilitated discussion)   
15 min. Break 
30 min. Strategies for using local land use regulations to reduce flood risks (lecture/discussion) 
30 min. Case studies to develop recommendations for improving sample zoning maps, site plans, and regulatory language (small group exercise) 
30 min. Report out from each group (facilitated discussion)   
15 min. Wrap-up / Q & A
Students will participate in two small group exercises, working in table groups of up to 8 people. Each group will be given an example to discuss and develop recommendations for applying flood damage reduction techniques. Following each small group breakout session, each group will report to the full class on their case study and recommendations. Each exercise will take 30 minutes for small group discussion and 30 minutes for the report out. The first exercise will focus on land use planning challenges by discussing communities in which flood risk reduction objectives appear to conflict with other community objectives (economic development, historic preservation, reliance on levee protection, etc.). The second exercise will focus on regulatory tools, including zoning, site plan review, and subdivision regulations.
Janet Thigpen, CFM
Flood Mitigation Specialist, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board
Janet Thigpen is the Flood Mitigation Specialist for the 3-county Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board in New York State. She has implemented a regional Flood Assistance Program since 1996, providing technical, planning, and grant writing assistance for diverse flood damage prevention activities. The program encompasses floodplain management, stormwater management, watershed and land use planning, hazard mitigation planning, property protection, structural flood control, stream management, flood warning, flood hazard mapping, flood recovery, public information, and advocacy for improved public policies. She has developed training and educational resources about many of these topics areas, including a recent guidance document entitled, “Municipal Land Use Strategies for Improving Flood Resilience: Guidance for Protecting Health, Safety, and Welfare.” Ms. Thigpen currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of State Floodplain Managers. She is the Public Policy Committee Chair for the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association and served as Chair of the Association from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Thigpen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology from Carleton College, a Master of Science Degree in Geology (Geophysics) from Cornell University, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.

Jayme Breschard Thomann, AICP, CFM
Senior Planner, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
Jayme Breschard Thomann is a Senior Planner at Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC), located in Rochester, New York. She provides comprehensive planning support to a nine county region. She has led numerous planning efforts over the last ten years with G/FLRPC specializing in land use, municipal, and water resources planning which includes Federal Phase II Stormwater Regulation assistance, participation with County Water Quality Coordinating Committees, stormwater and floodplain management planning, green infrastructure and watershed planning. Jayme routinely presents at the biannual Local Government Workshop training series. She obtained dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Historic Preservation and Geography from Mary Washington College and holds a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. She is professionally certified as a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) through the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and received her American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) distinction from the American Planning Association (APA). Jayme currently serves as Vice Chair of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association (NYSFSMA).

SRH-2D Hydraulic Model Review for Floodplain Managers - $

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 from 1pm - 5pm
Cost = $45.00, 3.5 CECs 

This workshop will provide an overview of what reviewers need to know about SRH-2D modeling, how to thoroughly review model results, and compare the results with current effective 1D model results.   Participants will be introduced to the capabilities of the SRH-2D model and SMS graphical interface and get hands on experience in navigating through project files and comparing results.  The latest developments in floodplain and floodways tools within the SMS graphical interface will also be demonstrated.  The target audience is new and existing users of SRH-2D, public agency reviewers and permit officials, and private industry users supporting floodplain permit requests.


This workshop requires that registrants bring a laptop computer with the SMS/SRH-2D software previously installed and registered.  The instructors will need to distribute an email to all participants with instructions for software download and registration prior to the workshop.  Some users are welcome to attend without a laptop and look over the shoulders of others.

The target audience is new and existing users of SRH-2D, public agency reviewers and permit officials, and private industry users supporting floodplain permit requests.

Understand the capabilities of SRH-2D  Know how to review a SRH-2D model and results  Compare SRH-2D model results with current effective 1D model results  Indentify new floodplain and floodway mapping tools that are available

  1. Introductions and Welcome 
  2. Overview of SRH-2D/SMS and how it can be part of the floodplain management toolbox   
  3. Demonstration/Interactive exercise working with a SRH-2D model   
  4. Reviewing 2D Model Results – What to review, how to create profiles and data comparisons for calculating rise in BFEs.  How to compare 2D model results with 1D effective model results. 
  5. Demonstration on Viewing and Comparing Results 
  6. Exercise on Viewing and Comparing Results 
  7. Additional Floodplain Management Features/Demo 

This workshop will be presented through a mix of lectures and discussions (50%), demonstrations (25%), and exercises (25%).   Participants will be encouraged to share their personal experiences and challenges with 2D modeling applications.  Group exercises will allow participants to walk through the steps of running a SRH-2D model, reviewing the results, and comparing them with the 1D effective model. 

  • 50% lecture   
  • 50% demonstration and Q&A discussion   
Second 2 hours: Benefits to your community: Exploring tools for a specific scenario  
  • 50% small group exercise   
  • 50% discussion and sharing of lessons learned 

30 minutes - Intro and Welcome (computer setup) 
30 minutes - Overview of SRH-2D/SMS   
45 minutes - Demonstration/Interactive exercise working with a SRH-2D model   
15 minute break   30 minutes - Reviewing SRH-2D Model Results   
15 minutes - Demonstration on Viewing and Comparing Results 
30 minutes - Exercise on Viewing and Comparing Results   
45 minutes - Additional Floodplain Management Features/Demo/Discussion

Students will work independently on their own laptop and will have 20 minutes to complete the exercise.  Each student will be provided with a set of sample data files for a hydraulic modeling project related to floodplain analysis, and be directed through various steps to review SRH-2D model output files and graphical model results.  Annotated, step-by-step instructions will be provided in a participant workbook.  Multiple sets of project files will be provided, and some will have errors for the participants to identify.  The two instructors will be available to answer questions during the exercise and will ask participants to share their findings and experiences at the end of the workshop.  The wrap-up is anticipated to last 10 minutes. During the lecture that precedes this exercise the instructor will cover the most common user errors and modeling issues that reviewers should look for.

Scott Hogan, PE
Senior Hydraulic Engineer, Federal Highway Administration
Mr. Hogan has spent his entire 25-year career working in the field of hydraulics and river engineering.  He is currently a Senior Hydraulic Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center in Fort Collins, CO, and has previously served as the Hydraulics Team Lead for the Central Federal Lands Highway Division for 7 years, and 15 years in consulting engineering prior to that.   Mr. Hogan specializes in bridge hydraulic modeling and design, scour analyses, sediment transport, counter measure design, and floodplain analysis. For more than 20 years he has been an instructor for several hydraulics training courses through FHWA National Highway Institute (NHI), including 1D modeling with HEC-RAS, 2D modeling with SRH-2D, Hydraulic Design of Culverts, Hydraulic Bridge Design, and Countermeasure Design.    He has a sincere passion for hydraulic engineering and advancing the state of our practice. 

Brian Varrella, PE, CFM
Hydraulics Team Unit Lead, Colorado Department of Transportation
Brian Varrella is ASFPM Vice Chair and Region 4 Hydraulics Unit Lead for the Colorado Department of Transportation. His career is equally balanced between private consulting and public service, and he is currently applying his skills at the DOT to assist with hydraulic design, emergency management, floodplain compliance and resiliency planning.  Brian is currently supporting CDOT efforts to discover process improvement opportunities by using technological innovations; 2-dimensional hydraulic modeling is a primary tool in the CDOT innovation toolbox.    Brian considers himself fortunate to be part of ASFPM’s mission to promote policies and activities that reduce human suffering from flooding.  He has worked with or for 16 Departments of Transportation across the United States and enjoys the diversity of knowledge and creativity he encounters collaborating with local, state and federal floodplain management and infrastructure professionals.  His professional passion is to help bridge the gap between human infrastructure and floodplain management at the Colorado DOT through education, knowledge transfer, and cross-professional collaboration.  Brian spends his free time outside making sure the world we all work and live in is vibrant, accessible and safe for everyone to enjoy.

Flood Inundation Mapping Methods: Why we need to care! - $

Intermediate = written for attendees with some experience in FPM or the topic area
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 from 1pm - 5pm
Cost = $45.00, 3.5 CECs 

Why should we review and use the many different types and sources of flood inundation maps? What is a flood documentation map and why do I care Where can I find types of maps? Come on down for an interdisciplinary perspective on Flood Inundation Mapping. We will discuss geospatial, hydrologic and everything in between!

Some knowledge of Flood Inundation Mapping methods and hydrology or GIS background.


  1. Understand the different ways that Flood Inundation Maps can be created and why to use each type.   
  2. Determine how much uncertainty each FIM method includes and be able to make knowledgeable decisions based on that informed uncertainty. 
  3. Know what to do and who to contact if you need help accessing any of these data during an event or anytime.
  • Current state of the methods     
    • Modeled probabilistic and deterministic hydrologic FIMs
    • Geospatial modeled FIMs     
    • Flood documentation FIMs (including remote sensing and field observations) 
  • Current and future research areas 
  • Walk through example case studies that students submit to class 
  • Discuss future roles for the USGS and other federal partners
60% lecture 
40% facilitated discussion 

0:00 Introductions and logistics 
0:10 USGS Water Program overview 
0:20 Current state of hydrologic methods 
0:50 Current state of geospatial methods 
1:20 Current state of documentation methods 
1:45 break  2:00 Research and partner contributions 
2:20 Case Studies 
3:20 Water Data listening session

The US Geological Survey is involved with many data collection and flood inundation mapping projects and programs – everything from insurance studies and recurrence probabilities to event-based data collection and mapping. The methods needed for each situation and use vary so that not all flood inundation maps are created or used the same. Join us to learn how Flood Inundation Mapping research methods and data access varies with each situation and how to make the most of the public resources. Hands-on work will include discussions of your local flood inundation mapping issues and which methods would be best in each situation. Please bring an example or wish list dataset. We will wrap up with a listening session on how the USGS can make our water and geospatial data more accessible and user friendly.

Marie Peppler, 
Deputy Director of the Integrated Information Dissemination Division of the Water Mission Area, USGS
Marie C. Peppler works as the Deputy Director of the Integrated Information Dissemination Division for the Water Mission Area. IIDD is tasked with ensuring that all USGS Water data are available, usable and reliable for decision makers and the public. She also serves as the Federal Agency Liaison and the National USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Coordinator. Marie guides the development, publication and communication of USGS Flood Inundation Mapping projects. As the Federal Agency Liaison, Marie coordinates the activities of the USGS Streamgage Network and other programs with our federal partners, such as the National Weather Service and the US Army Corps of Engineers. She also works on geospatial data coordination and communication for other programs, including the USGS flooding and hurricane responses. Marie started her career with the USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center in 2002 as a fluvial geomorphologist and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Geography in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Workshops - Tuesday, June 19

State Floodplain Manager 1 on 1 - Mentoring Workshop (1:30pm - 5:30pm)

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 1:30pm - 5:30 pm 
Cost = FREE but must preregister 

State Floodplain Managers, State Hazard Mitigation Officers and staff, FEMA staff only! 

Al Goodman, CFM
AWG Consulting, LLC 

Bill Nechamen, CFM
Nechamen Consulting, LLC

Under The Weather: Communication Tools and Techniques for the Floodplain Management Professional (2:30pm - 5pm) - $

Intermediate = written for attendees with some experience in FPM or the topic area
TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 2:30pm - 5pm
Cost = $45, 2 CECs for CFMs

Floodplain management professionals who dread that contentious public meeting or “mic in your face moment” will find this workshop informative and engaging. This session will equip attendees with the skills to:    Respond to media and public program inquiries using technically accurate, but easy-to-    understand terminology;  Use statistics and numbers to illustrate a point and tell stories an audience will understand and remember;  translate technical phrases and processes using plain language terminology without changing the meaning; and,  Use story-telling techniques to present technical facts to a lay audience.    Attendees will also participate in scenario-driven table-top exercises and receive a copy of a Communication Cross-Walk Tool designed to provide guidance on translating Floodplain Management subject matter on-the-spot!

Attendees should have at least a cursory knowledge or interest in floodplain management.

Floodplain Managers, Public Information Officers, building officials, anyone with an interest in or knowledge of Floodplain Management

Respond to media and public program inquiries using technically accurate, but easy-to-understand terminology; Use statistics and numbers to illustrate a point and tell stories an audience will understand and remember; Translate technical phrases and processes using plain language terminology without changing the meaning; and, Use story-telling techniques to present technical facts to a lay audience.

Responding to media and public program inquiries using technically accurate, but easy-to-understand terminology;  Utilizing statistics and numbers to illustrate a point and tell stories an audience will understand and remember;  Translating technical phrases and processes using plain language terminology without changing the meaning; and,  Utilizing story-telling techniques to present technical facts to a lay audience.  How to use a Communication Cross Walk Tool to discuss floodplain management in an easy-to-understand, layperson friendly way.

This risk communication workshop will be interactive and engaging using constant audience participation and providing tools and techniques for anyone working in the field of floodplain management.The workshop will be structured as follows:   

30% Presentation 
40% Scenario-based table top exercises 
30% Attendee Q&A and Feedback

Introductions and Course Presentation (40 minutes) -  10 minute break - Table Top Scenarios and Discussion (1 hr.)  - 10 Minute Break - Group Discussion, Q&A and Feedback Session (20 minutes) 

Scenario table top exercise: Explaining Technical Processes and Programs to a non-Technical Audience (20-Minutes)   

Attendees will break into groups and discuss communication techniques based on presentation and provide feedback to the rest of the class.

Henrietta Williams, CFM, B.A. English
Risk Communication Specialist, FEMA
Henrietta Williams joined FEMA Region IV as a Map Modernization, Public Information Officer in January, 2006. Deployed to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Transitional Recovery Office in support of Hurricane Katrina response efforts, Henrietta served as Lead Community Education Outreach Officer, co-coordinating the Mississippi Gulf Coast remapping efforts, and devising and implementing strategies to support public education efforts for the National Flood Insurance (NFIP)Program.    As an NFIP Outreach Specialist, Henrietta served as a Regional Lead for coastal remapping efforts, and supported the implementation of outreach strategies for remapping of Native American tribal lands. Henrietta currently works in the Mitigation Risk Analysis Branch where she has created e-Briefs, a series of outreach emails designed to foster communication with local elected officials throughout the mapping adoption process.    Prior to joining FEMA, Henrietta was Policy Advisor - Media and Public Affairs for the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission where she planned press conferences, public hearings and, community relations meetings regarding contentious issues.    A native of Southern California, Henrietta is a CFM and holds a B.A. in English Literature from Mount Saint Mary’s University.  She is currently pursuing a certificate in Technical Writing from the University of Georgia and resides in Dallas, Georgia with her 3-year old son, Darrion.   


FEMA’s Mapping Information Platform: Review of Redesigned Flood Study Tools, including Best Practices for Data Capture, Project Management, and Reporting (2:30pm - 5pm) - $

Intermediate = written for attendees with some experience in FPM or the topic area
TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 2:30pm - 5pm
Cost = $45, 2 CECs for CFMs

The first major overhaul of FEMA’s Mapping Information Platform brought significant changes to the MIP studies users functions and processes. However, there has not been a comprehensive training yet developed focused on project management using the new MIP studies solution.  This workshop would provide MIP studies users a comprehensive review of the new MIP functions and SOMA tool, including best practices for data capture, project management, and reporting options.

Familiarity with the FEMA Mapping Information Platform and data capture guideline is recommended but not required.

MIP studies users: contractors, CTPs, and program managers

  1. Understand the new MIP changes and terminology. 
  2. Be able to complete tasks and upload data per the data capture standards. 
  3. Better understand the SOMA process and the LOMC evaluation process. 
  4. Utilize MIP tools and reporting functions and run their own queries.
  • MIP Overview 
  • Reviewing system changes 
  • Data Capture – Uploading Data and common mistakes 
    • Data development 
    • Preliminary, Outreach 
    • Post-Preliminary 
  • Project management – EV tracking 
  • File Explorer 
  • MARS – reporting 
  • SOMA Tool

50% Lecture 
25% Discussion 
25% Exercise

5 min: Introductions 
15 Min: MIP overview and changes (Lecture) 
10 Min: Project setup and using workbenches (Discussion) 
30 Min: Data Capture Basics for different project phases (Discussion & Exercise) 
15 Min: Project management – EV tracking (Lecture) 
15 Min: MIP Tools and Reporting (Discussion) 
30 Min: SOMA Tool and best practices (Discussion & Exercise)

Data Capture - entering data in new MIP tasks such as levee, coastal, or PPP  SOMA tool - review SOMA process and practicing categorizing LOMCs

Brian Killen, CFM 
Senior Program Analyst, Stantec
Brian brings 10 years of experience supporting mapping and engineering projects with a focus on FEMA flood studies. He is responsible for providing mapping support on numerous flood studies throughout the nation. He frequently fills the role of quality reviewer and mapping specialist, including serving as Geospatial Data Coordination (GDC) lead and Post-Preliminary Processing (PPP) lead for Stantec’s FEMA Flood Hazard Mapping program. He is proficient in a variety of GIS applications, FEMA guidance and standards, and the Mapping Information Platform (MIP), that are regularly used to aid in quality reviews and project management.

Brock Remus, CFM
Project Manager, Atkins North America 
Brock Remus has 8 years of NFIP experience working with homeowners, local, state and federal and government officials, and professional surveyors and engineers concerning regulations, MT-1 processing guidance and due process. For 6 years, he served as the Region V MT-1 Lead for Atkins and STARR under Risk MAP. Mr. Remus currently serves as the Overall Due Process Manager, Region 9 Lead, and Project Manager on several studies for the STARR II contract under Risk MAP. Mr. Remus has presented several national MT-1 training webinars that have been implemented as industry standards across the program. In addition to MT-1 training, he has also travelled to state conferences leading 8-hour CFM preparation courses for local, state, and regional officials.

David Hart, GISP, CFM
Project Manager, Stantec
David supports STARR II as a GIS Professional having obtained eleven years of experience working on FEMA Regional Task Orders in Regions I, III, IV, V, VI, VII and X.  David oversees daily operations and established protocols for a staff of GIS Analysts and Water Resources Engineers, and provides management and technical support for FEMA’s RiskMAP initiative. He has gained experience in all facets of the RiskMAP program including project Discovery, DFIRM Database and Map Production tasks, and Post-Preliminary Processing. David also serves as the SME for Regulatory Products within STARR II’s Levee Team and is the current Task Order Manager for Region VII.


Workshops - Thursday, June 21

* What's Your Strategic Communications Plan? (2:30pm - 5pm) - $

Intermediate = written for attendees with some experience in FPM or the topic area
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 from 2:30-5pm
Cost = $45, 2 CECs for CFMs

Developing a strategic plan for floodplain communications begins with identifying the outcomes you want for your community. Participants will learn the steps one community took to elevate to a CRS Class 4 and will be able to create the framework for their communities’ strategic communications plans. Budgeting, campaign planning, logic modeling, messaging, production and evaluation will be demonstrated in addition to CRS Plan for Public Information implementation milestones.

During this workshop, students will: 
  1. Develop logic models for community needs assessment, 
  2. Identify strategies to increase messaging capacity, 
  3. Create a framework for their community's strategic communication plan. 
  4. Understand CRS PPI requirements and lessons learned.

  1. Community Assessment 
  2. Capacity Building 
  3. PPI/Plan Creation 
  4. Implementation 
  5. Evaluation 
  6. Adjusting
Workshop will be facilitated with student participation at each step of the strategic framework. Students will work in groups and independently to create components of the strategic plan and test their creative skills. Students will share logic models, campaign creative messages, and evaluation measurements.     

40% Lecture 
20% Feedback 
40% Group Exercises

20:00 Community Assessment 
10:00 Group Activity 
20:00 Capacity Building 
10:00 Group Activity 
20:00 PPI/Plan Creation 
10:00 Group Activity 
15:00 Implementation 
10:00 Evaluation 
5:00 Adjusting

Students will work in independent and group scenarios to develop components of their community's strategic communication plan. Students will work independently (or with members of their community) to develop problem statements based upon logic models using local data and conditions.     

Students will later work in small groups to develop ideas to increase communication strategy through budgeting, sector identification, strategic partnerships, ambassadors and earned media.   

Students will later work in group settings to develop creative messaging and activities using the CRS PPI model.     

The activities will become frameworks the student can take to his or her community to complete toward a strategic communications plan.

Mark Boone, CFM
Information and Education Coordinator, Mecklenburg County
Mark Boone is a public relations veteran who has worked in both the public and private sectors with extensive experience in media relations, production and outreach. His resume includes serving as spokesperson, crafting media responses, training executives for media interviews, production of broadcast and commercial videos, reporting for local news, and creation of strategic marketing outreach. In his role at Mecklenburg County for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, Mark develops strategies for outreach for flood safety and provides ongoing public and media relations to advance brand and messaging.

Characterizing Flood Risk Using Bulletin 17C, the Updated Federal Guidelines for Flood Frequency Analysis (2:30pm - 5pm) - $

Intermediate = written for attendees with some experience in FPM or the topic area
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 from 2:30-5pm
Cost = $45, 2 CECs for CFMs

Flood-frequency analysis provides the essential statistical interpretation of hydrologic data for estimating flood risk and for floodplain mapping.  This workshop provides an overview of flood-frequency analysis of peak streamflow data, as well as introduces methods adopted in the new federal guidelines, Bulletin 17C including: the Expected Moments Algorithm (EMA), for dealing with zeros, low outliers and historical data and the Multiple Grubbs-Beck test (MGB) for the identification of potentially influential low floods (PILFs).  Participants will learn about changes implemented in Bulletin 17C, how to properly characterize flood peaks for inclusion in a Bulletin 17C analysis, and how to interpret Bulletin 17C flood frequency analyses.

Some prior knowledge of flood frequency analysis is recommended but not required.

Anyone who performs or has an interest in flood frequency analysis

  1. Describe the different types of data used in a B17C analysis 
  2. Interpret flood frequency plots and new information included by the new methods 
  3. Understand uncertainty estimates and limits on our ability to characterize flood risk 
  1. Overview of flood frequency 
  2. Updated elements of Bulletin 17C 
  3. Examples of application of the new methods 
  4. Benefits of the changes
Workshop will be presented through a lecture describing flood frequency analysis and the new methods in Bulletin 17C.
Participants will be encouraged to ask questions throughout as well as participate in a discussion of their personal experiences and challenges when performing a flood frequency analyses.  Hands on exercises will allow participants to walk through flood frequency analyses using the new flood frequency guidelines.   

60% lecture 
30% facilitated discussion 
10% exercises 

Agenda:   10 mins. Introductions and logistics 
10 mins. Flood frequency overview (Lecture) 
20 mins. Updated elements of Bulletin 17C (Lecture/Discussion) 
55 mins. Data types (Lecture/Exercises) 
10 mins. Uncertainty and confidence intervals (Lecture/Discussion) 
15 mins. Wrap-Up/Q&A

Students will work in groups and have 15 minutes to complete the exercises.  The students will be given sample annual peak streamflow data sets and be asked to identify the data types and set up the data for a flood frequency analyses following the Bulletin 17C guidelines.  Instructors will then discuss each data set and run the analyses through the flood frequency analysis software and the results/common errors will be discussed as a group.  The discussion of the results will take 20 mins.

Andrea Veilleux, PhD
Hydrologist, USGS
Andrea is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  As a member of the Water Mission Area Analysis and Prediction Branch, she is in engaged in the study of statistical hydrology with an emphasis on flood-frequency analysis.  Andrea received her PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University.

Peter McCarthy
National StreamStats Coordinator, USGS
Peter McCarthy is the USGS coordinator for StreamStats, a map-based web-application for performing basin delineations, computing basin characteristics, and estimating streamflow statistics.  As a student-employee in 2000, Peter learned that he wanted a career with the USGS where he could work and play in water. Peter officially began his career in 2003 and spent many years travelling throughout the northwest surveying rivers and lakes and testing the limits of jet boats, GPS receivers, and waders.  More recently, Peter has been working on flood frequency related topics for the Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center and in May 2017 accepted the StreamStats coordinator position for the USGS.



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