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) - $
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.
- Define basic abbreviations and terms.
- Identify legislative events in the NFIP’s history & recall the three goals of the NFIP
- List the federal, state and local roles in the NFIP
- Describe (in general terms) the minimum standards of the NFIP
- 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
- Define an Approximate A Zone, and review how to find BFEs in Approximate A Zones
- Explain Letters of Map Change
- List the everyday duties of a local floodplain administrator and define a violation
- Explain why substantial damage/improvement is a key tool in floodplain management and identify major considerations when making a substantial damage/improvement determination
- Recognize when permits are, and are not, required for activities in the floodplain
- Describe how to use an Elevation Certificate in floodplain management
- Review how to handle variance requests, and discuss the process for remedying violations
- Identify actions FEMA may take for community non-compliance with the NFIP
- Maps & Flood Insurance Studies (FIS)
- Using the Maps
- Approximate Zone A
- Updating the Map
- The Floodplain Administrator’s Role
- NFIP Compliance
- Elevation Certificates
- Actions for Non-Compliance
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) - $
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.
- Understand the reasons behind localized flooding issue related to development
- Identify potential problems with development plans
- Ask for the proper assurances from the developer to protect adjacent properties
- Gain political support for higher standards in drainage design criteria.
- Introduction - How we got to this point
- 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
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) - $
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.
- Participants will understand how Elevation Certificates are properly completed section by section including building diagram selection.
- Participants will know how the Elevation Certificate is used by different individuals including local government officials, surveyors, and MT-1 processors.
- Participants will understand the basics of LOMA/MT-1 submittals, and the possible determination types
- Participants will learn how to properly submit a LOMA including common shortfalls and where they can find zone A information recognized by FEMA
- 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
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) $
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
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.