Introduction

FRIAR 2020 is the seventh conference of this successful series. The conference started at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London 2008 and was reconvened in Milan in 2010, Dubrovnik in 2012, Poznan in 2014, Venice in 2016 and A Coruna 2018. 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.

The meeting aims to attract researchers, academics and practitioners actively involved in improving our understanding of urban water systems and flood events.

Flooding is a global phenomenon that claims numerous lives worldwide each year. Apart from the physical damage to buildings, contents and loss of life, which are the most obvious, impacts of floods upon households and other more indirect losses are often overlooked. These indirect and intangible impacts are generally associated with disruption to normal life and longer term health issues. 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. 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. This conference also considers these problems and deals with two main urban water topics: water supply networks and urban drainage.

FRIAR 2020 will generate 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.

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

Topics

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

Floods

  • Flood risk management
  • Flood warning and forecasting
  • Flood response and recovery
  • Flood protection
  • Flood modelling
  • Flood mitigation
  • Flood vulnerability
  • Climate change impact
  • Flood damage assessment
  • Socio and economic impact
  • Community engagement
  • Emergency planning
  • Blue-green infrastructure
  • Resilient approaches
  • Catchment-based approaches
  • Natural flood management
  • Remote sensing in flood applications

Urban Water Systems

  • Water supply networks
  • Leakage and losses
  • Modelling and experimentation
  • Safety and security of water systems
  • Water quality
  • Water savings and reuse
  • Wastewater treatment and reuse
  • Urban drainage systems
  • Stormwater management
  • Watershed management
  • Structural works and infrastructure
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs)
  • Greywater
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Water and sewage systems in urban areas
  • Water retention

Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at FRIAR 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

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

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.

Networking

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

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering (ISSN: 2041-9031; Digital ISSN: 2041-904X).

Publication of Papers

Peer review

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

Publication

Papers presented at FRIAR 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering (ISSN: 2041-9031; Digital ISSN: 2041-904X).

Location Information

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Situated on the eastern coast of Spain, Valencia is the third largest city and has one of the biggest ports on the Mediterranean, famous for having recently hosted the America’s Cup. A large historic city centre makes Valencia a popular tourist destination with many ancient monuments, museums and sights of interest. Traditionally, visitors have been drawn to the region for its food, with “Paella” having originated from the city. In recent years, the city has seen an increase in tourism due to “The City of Arts and Sciences” project designed by Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava. The structure houses an IMAX cinema, Europe’s largest aquarium, interactive educational exhibits in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the avant-garde Opera House.

Starting in the mid-1990s, Valencia, formerly an industrial centre, saw a rapid development that expanded its cultural possibilities and transformed it into a newly vibrant city. Many local landmarks were restored, including the ancient Towers of the medieval city (Serrano Towers and Quart Towers), and the San Miguel de los Reyes monastery, which now holds a conservation library. Whole sections of the old city, for example, the Carmen Quarter, have been extensively renovated. The Paseo Marítimo, a palm tree-lined promenade was constructed along the beaches of the north side of the port (Playa Las Arenas, Playa Cabañal and Playa de la Malvarrosa).

The river Turia used to run through the centre of the city, but it was redirected in 1957 and replaced by a beautiful park called the Turia Gardens which covers 9km and stretches from the west to the east of the city. This is a very nice place to spend any free time you have on a sunny day.

Places of interest:

The City of Arts and Sciences

Just a short distance from the conference venue, The City of Arts and Sciences is the work of Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava. This is an example of architecture at its most futuristic. The structure houses an IMAX cinema (situated in the Hemisfèric), Europe’s largest aquarium – the Oceanogràfic, interactive educational exhibits in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the avant-garde opera house - Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Furthermore, the impressive l’Assut de l’Or bridge and the Agora.

Valencia Cathedral

The largest church in Valencia, the cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, with construction starting in 1262 and lasted until the 18th century. Before the cathedral was built, a Roman temple stood on this site, then a mosque. The building shows a range of architectural styles with Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque features. The museum contains a chalice recognised by the Vatican as possibly the original Holy Grail. You can see paintings by Goya and other major artists, and walk up the Micalet belltower for excellent city views.

The Royal Marina and Valencia's beaches

The Juan Carlos I Royal Marina is one of the city’s most important landmarks, not only due to the events that are held there but also due to its unique buildings. It houses the 19th Century Harbour Sheds, the Edificio del Reloj and the Veles e Vents building, the emblem of the new Marina. There are also shops, terraces and restaurants with spectacular views, as well as a children’s park, the Superyachts Berthing with its amazing yachts, and the North and South Marinas, filled with numerous boats.

Just a few metres away are the beaches of El Cabanyal (Las Arenas) and La Malvarrosa, next to the attractive Paseo Marítimo promenade. You can try paella in one of the seafront restaurants, or have a drink in one of the bars.

Weather:

Valencia enjoys a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 17ºC with warm summers and very mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.

Further information about visiting Valencia can be found online using the Valencia Tourist Information website: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en

Conference Venue

Hotel Valencia OceanicThe conference will take place at the Hotel Valencia Oceanic in Valencia. The hotel is situated near the centre of Valencia. Only a short distance from the City of Arts and Sciences, the harbour and downtown, the hotel is close to most that the city has to offer. With 200 rooms all with high-speed internet access, a 24-hour fitness centre, pool, sauna, bar and restaurant, the hotel has all the amenities guests may require.

The address of the hotel is:

Hotel Valencia Oceanic,
Carrer del Pintor Maella, 35,
46023 Valencia,
Spain

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, Hotel Valencia Oceanic in Valencia.

A booking form will be made available once confirmed with the hotel, check back here for details.

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Additional Information

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The conference was well organized. The topics were very interesting. The breaks provided the nice breathing room for discussions and networking with other participants. Merci beaucoup :)

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RH Zomerman, Netherlands (attended Sustainable Development and Planning 2018)


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