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Flood Asset Condition Inspections in Scotland
Dec 5, 2017

 

We are pleased to be starting work with North Ayrshire Council on Visual Flood Asset Inspections. In Scotland, under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act, Local Authorities are responsible for the assessment of bodies of water and have a duty to carry out clearance and repair works. Visual Flood Asset Inspections is a tried and tested methodology for consistently inspecting flood assets and making justifiable recommendations for clearance and/or repair works.

It is important that Local Authority Inspectors are competent to undertake this role and competency can be gained through formal training and accreditation delivered by RAB Consultants. RAB is the exclusive flood risk consultancy that provides this training and accreditation. Accreditation lasts for 5 years.

Our training provides guidance and tools to help inspectors:

  • Consistently inspect and record all the elements that form an asset.

  • Give a structural condition grade (on a scale of 1 to 5) for the most common types of flood risk asset using the Condition Assessment Manual.

  • Recommend and prioritise repair works based on the criticality of the defect to the overall performance of the asset

  • Consistently assess the conveyance capacity of culverts and channels and prioritise clearance works.

The work in supporting North Ayrshire Council, builds on the successful delivery of the Visual Flood Asset training and accreditation delivery across the UK with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and numerous Local Authorities in England and Wales.

Should you wish to receive any more information on Visual Flood Asset Inspection training and accreditation please contact Mike Cranston in our Stirling office on 01786 611022.