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Smithton and Culloden Flood Alleviation Scheme

Event organised by ICE

23 April 2024
17:30 - 19:30 BST (GMT+1)
University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
Campus 1
Inverness, IV2 5NA
United Kingdom

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A presentation on the Smithton and Culloden Flood Alleviation scheme recently completed in Inverness.

This is a multi-phase project to reduce flood risk to 132 properties in Smithton and Culloden, while creating and enhancing natural habitats and providing multiple benefits to the local community.

Speakers will be from the Highland Council and the consulting engineers JBA Consulting. They will present on the development of the area which led to the flood protection requirements and the four distinct development phases from concept to completion. 


17:30 - 18:00

Light refreshments outside main lecture theatre

18:00 - 18:45


18:45 - 19:30



Alan Fraser

Alan Fraser

Highland Council

principal engineer

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Alan Fraser

Alan is a Chartered Civil Engineer and is team leader of the Flood Team within The Highland Council.

Alan has a background in development of flood schemes from both a client and a consultant perspective. With responsibility for overseeing planning consultation responses, development of Local Flood Risk Management Plans, progression of flood studies and flood schemes, and the assessment of watercourses and existing flood defences, Alan has gained an expansive experience of the flood risk cycle.

David Bassett

David Bassett

JBA Consulting


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David Bassett

David is a director with JBA with experience of developing and leading teams and delivering sustainable projects for a wide range of clients.  He has developed the JBA team in Scotland establishing and office and developing the team to over 60 people.

He is a chartered water and environmental manager with over 30 years’ experience. He has experience of leading national mapping projects, flood protection schemes from appraisal, approval, EIA, design and construction.  He has provided expert witness at two planning enquiries, evidence for the Stonehaven FPS hearing and review of a confidential flood protection scheme in Scotland.

He sat on SAIFF and previously the Flood Bill Advisory Group for Scottish Government. David has led the appraisal, feasibility, design and construction of a number of flood protection schemes across Scotland. Schemes include storage, direct defences, restoration and the removal of culverts in Caol, Smithton and Culloden Stonehaven and the North Renfrew Flood Prevention Scheme.

In addition he has delivered feasibility studies in Drumnadrochit, four sites in Moray, Kingston, Ellon, Inverurie, Bleachfield, Brechin, Galashiels, Jedburgh, Menstrie and Peebles. 

For more information please contact:

Lyndsey Pollock