FRIAR 2018 is the sixth Conference of this successful series. The conference started at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London 2008 and was reconvened at the Lombardy Region Headquarters in Milano in 2010, Dubrovnik in 2012, Poznan in 2014 and Venice in 2016. Since 2012 a parallel seminar on the Design, Construction, Maintenance, Monitoring and Control of Urban Water has taken place which is now an integral part of the conference.

Flooding is a global phenomenon that claims numerous lives worldwide each year. When flooding occurs in urban areas, it can cause substantial damage to property as well as threaten human life. In addition, many more people must endure the homelessness, upset and disruption that are left in the wake of floods. The increased frequency of flooding in the last few years, coupled with climate change predictions and urban development, suggest that these impacts are set to worsen in the future. How we respond and importantly, adapt to these challenges is key to developing our long-term resilience at the property, community and city scale.

Apart from the physical damage to buildings, contents and loss of life, which are the most obvious, impacts of floods upon households, other more indirect losses are often overlooked. These indirect and intangible impacts are generally associated with disruption to normal life as well as longer-term health issues including community displacements and stress-related illnesses. Flooding represents a major barrier to the alleviation of poverty in many parts of the developing world, where vulnerable communities are often exposed to sudden and life-threatening events.

As our cities continue to expand, their urban infrastructures need to be re-evaluated and adapted to new requirements related to the increase in population and the growing areas under urbanization. This conference also considers these problems and deals with two main urban water topics: water supply systems and urban drainage.

Topics such as contamination and pollution discharges in urban water bodies, as well as the monitoring of water recycling systems are currently receiving a great deal of attention from researchers and professional engineers working in the water industry. Water distribution networks often suffer substantial losses which represent wastage of energy and treatment. Effective, efficient and energy saving management is necessary in order to optimize their performance. Sewer systems are under constant pressure due to growing urbanization and climate change, and the environmental impact caused by urban drainage overflows is related to both water quantity and water quality.

FRIAR seeks to develop an improved understanding of emerging flood risk management and urban water management challenges, drawing on the expertise of numerous disciplines and considering a range of responses. The conference provides a rich forum for the development of innovative solutions that can help bring about multiple benefits toward achieving integrated flood risk and urban water management strategies and policy.

The meeting is aimed to attract researchers, academics and practitioners actively involved in improving our understanding of urban water systems and flood events. It will bring together social scientists, surveyors, engineers, scientists, and other professionals from many countries involved in research and development activities in a wide range of technical and management topics related to urban water and flooding and its impacts on communities, property and people.

Papers presented at this conference, as all other meetings run by the Wessex Institute, are archived in the Institute eLibrary ( and permanently and freely available to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at FRIAR 2018. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.


  • Flood risk management
  • Flood warning and forecasting
  • Flood response and recovery
  • Flood risk adaptation
  • Flood protection
  • Flood modelling
  • Flood mitigation
  • Flood vulnerability
  • Urban flooding
  • Flood risk assessment
  • Coastal flooding
  • Climate change impact
  • Flood damage assessment
  • Socio and economic impact
  • Emergency planning
  • Blue-green infrastructure
  • Resilient approaches
  • Flood case studies
  • Catchment based approaches
  • Natural flood management

Urban Water Systems

  • Water supply networks
  • Leakage and losses
  • Modelling and experimentation
  • Safety and security of water systems
  • Water quality
  • Water savings and reuse
  • Waste water treatment and reuse
  • Urban drainage systems
  • Flood control
  • Storm water management
  • Watershed management
  • Urban strategies
  • Structural works and infrastructure
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs)

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers
Papers presented at FRIAR 2018 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering instead.

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

Open Access
WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work. All WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free from the WIT eLibrary (

Indexing and Archiving
Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings
At registration, delegates will be given copies of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the final publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive
All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are permanently and freely available to the International Scientific Community.

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students
The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

*Google Scholar Indexation  WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary ( totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at FRIAR 2018 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering (ISSN:2041-9031; Digital ISSN:2041-904X).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are permanently and freely available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.


La Coruña

Originally an important Roman trading port, A Coruña is a busy city in the north-west of Spain whose character is distinctly different to that of Mediterranean Spain.

Located in the verdant agricultural region of Galicia, A Coruña is home to Roman remains, castles, museums and impressive produce markets, and is perhaps most famous for it’s excellent fish and seafood. A new promenade frames the waterfront, extending the length of the city and linking its many attractions, shopping areas and beaches. The nineteenth century centre is noted for its unusual Galerias – glazed balconies on the front of almost all buildings which allow the city’s residents to enjoy the Atlantic views year round. A landmark of the city, the 2,000 year old tower of Hercules is the oldest lighthouse in existence, a World Heritage site and National Monument of Spain.

A Coruña is home to a number of innovative museums as well as a number of interesting galleries. Located in the “Parque de Santa Margarida” in the city centre, the ‘Casa de las Ciencias’ science museum and planetarium is an interactive and much acclaimed addition to the city. The park also contains a large amphitheatre, remains of several old windmills and an ornamental waterfall. The “Casa del Hombre”, or Museum of Man, can be found close to the waterfront and includes an 3D IMAX cinema. Other museums include the Collegiate church sacred art museumRegional Military Museum, built on the site of a Franciscan monastery, a Contemporary Art Museum (MACUF) and a Fine Arts museum which includes pieces by Goya.

In the centre of A Coruña, the 150 year old “Xardins de Mendez Nuñez” contains several notable monuments and an extensive arboretum. Like many of the city’s attractions, the park has strong links with the sea having been built on reclaimed coastline. The Castle of San Anton, perched on an outcrop of rock on the edge of the sea, marks the tip of the headland upon which most of the old centre of A Coruña is built, and now contains a museum. The castle is a focal point along this part of the promenade, where the city meets with the beach, and is popular with both keen surfers, locals and tourists.

Beyond the city centre, the Tower of Hercules remains A Coruña’s most prominent landmark. Close by, a sculpture park exhibits 15 open air artworks, and the parks of Monte San Pedro and Bens offer numerous walks through the recently landscaped area. A Coruña’s large aquarium can be found here and remains very popular with visitors to the region.


Galicia is one the most verdant regions in Spain, thanks to a milder, temperate climate. A Coruña experiences wet winters with drier, warmer summers. Temperatures in May and June are usually between 16-20°C with occasional rainfall.

Santiago de Compostela

Futher inland, the historic town of Santiago de Compostela lies one hour south further inland than A Coruña and is renowned as the final point along the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James, pilgrimage route. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a spectacular cathedral, traditional narrow shopping streets and large squares. The wealth of older buildings in the centre have a unique Romanesque style, and many of the towns plazas, the palaces and the buildings of the university district have notable facades. The town’s striking architecture and interesting history make Santiago de Compostela a popular day trip from A Coruña.



Travel Information

Conference Venue:

Meliá Maria Pita Hotel
Avda. Pedro Barrie de la Maza, 3
A Coruña
Tel: +34 981205000

VISA - Please ensure that you are aware of the entry requirements to visit Spain and apply for VISA if necessary. For further information, please visit

By Air

There are two airports within reach of the venue. A Coruña Airport is located 8km from the conference venue and offers flights from Madrid and Barcelona for most international connections. Santiago de Compostela Airport-Lavacolla is 52km from the conference venue and offers flights from a range of other European cities including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London and Rome.

A Coruña Airport

Most delegates will find it easiest to fly to Madrid or Barcelona, and take an onwards flight to A Coruña. These airports are well-served by flights from all major airports worldwide. Flights are available daily to A Coruña from Barcelona with Iberia and Vueling, and Iberia and Air Europa from Madrid. Direct flights to A Coruña are also offered with TAP Portugal from Lisbon, and from London Heathrow and Seville with Vueling.

From the Airport

  • Bus: ASICASA buses depart every 30 minutes on weekdays between 7.15am and 9.45pm, and every hour at weekends (from 7.30am Saturday and 8.30am Sunday, until 10pm). The 25 minute journey to the city centre costs €1.50.
  • Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and cost approximately €25 for travel to the centre of A Coruña.
  • Hire Car: Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Enterprise operate at the airport, and routes to the city centre are well-signposted.

Santiago de Compostela Airport-Lavacolla

Ryanair flies to Santiago de Compostela from Frankfurt (Hahn), London Stansted, Milan-Bergamo as well as several regional airports across Spain. In addition, Easyjet offers flights from Geneva, Aer Lingus from Dublin and Vueling from Zurich.

From the Airport

  • Hire Car: Several hire car companies operate at the airport including Avis, Sixt and Hertz. A Coruña is clearly signposted following the E1 motorway.
  • Bus: Travidi operates a daily bus service from Santiago de Compostela Airport to A Coruña at 10.30 and 22:15.

By Rail

A Coruña is well connected to other Galician cities and the main Spanish rail network. The main rail station is situated in Plaza de Madrid in the city centre, opposite the bus station. Long distance rail services operate from Madrid, Barcelona (via Zaragoza) and Portugal.

RENFE – Spanish railways – 

By Road

A Coruña is easily accessed by the E70 motorway, or north on the E1 from Portugal.
ALSA operates long distance bus services connecting A Coruña to cities in eastern Spain and Barcelona, as well as to Madrid, southern regions of Spain and Portugal.

ALSA – Long distance buses – 

This information is correct as of September 2017 but may be subject to change. Please check with travel providers



Conference Venue and Accommodationmelia maria pita

The conference will take place at the Meliá Maria Pita hotel in A Coruña. Situated in an exceptional waterfront position, close to two of the city’s most popular beaches, the hotel is a short distance from the main sights and amenities in the city centre. The hotel offers a wide range of well-equipped rooms, each with air conditioning, WIFi and satellite television. WiFi is also available throughout the hotel.


Avda. Pedro Barrie de la Maza, 3
A Coruña
Tel: +34 981205000


Additional Information

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