ACO Academy - 2021 Webinar Series Helping create knowledge champions

Webinar Series

In today’s ever changing construction industry, it has never been more important to ensure you are up to date with current industry trends and new innovations.

ACO has put together our 2021 Webinar series to help make it as easy as possible to access our CPD offerings. 

Below is our calendar of events and their quick registration links. For more details on each CPD, please scroll down the page.

All our CPD sessions start at 12.30pm

Date | CPD Title | Registration Link

Missed it? - Geocellular: Specify it right - Register and watch on demand

Missed it? - Blue/Green Roof Design - creating sustainable urban environments - Register and watch on demand

Missed it? - Managing Highways Surface Water - Register and watch on demand

Missed it? - Design requirements for commercial drainage - Register and watch on demand

10/03/2021 - Super Amphibian Highway - Registration Link

11/03/2021 - Blue/Green Roof Design - creating sustainable urban environments - Registration Link

17/03/2021 - Managing Rail Surface Water - Registration Link

24/03/2021 - Effective Grease Management - Registration Link

31/03/2021 - Practical and Sustainable Surface Water Management - Registration Link


We've split our CPDs up by level, if you would like to find out more, click on the box below.

Levels of CPD

ACO have identified 3 levels of CPD in line with leading Construction Institution guidance. These levels assist you and ACO to select the educational program required for your professional development. For a full description please contact us. 

Level 1 – Basic knowledge and understanding

Level 2 – Application of knowledge to a subject

Level 3 – Reasoned advice, depth and synthesis of technical knowledge and its implementation

Up Next

Super Amphibian Highway

10/03/2021 - Super Amphibian Highway

Level 2


This presentation will focus on biodiversity in the highway and the reasons for the decline of species in the UK, how construction, fragmentation and climate change have all played a role in the huge decline of species. We delve into some of the protective measures that have passed into legislation and future legislation like The Environment Bill, specifically Biodiversity Net Gains and how this will effect sites. We’ll look at Highways England's Environment and Biodiversity strategies over the course of RIS 2 with an optimistic outlook on what can be achieved.

Moving on to look at some of the technical solutions to help prevent fatalities, fragmentation, increase genetic diversity and achieve biodiversity net gains on the road network. Finishing with a series of case studies, where ACO products have been used to protect the natural world and help it prosper. 

Learning outcomes

• Understand the factors affecting biodiversity and species decline

• Learn guidance and legislation that protects natural systems and biodiversity  

• Understand the principals of biodiversity net gains

• Learn about Highways England's Environmental and Biodiversity Strategy on the road network

• Better understand solutions and technologies that can mitigate species decline in and around the highway

• Learn how to protect animals from road traffic accidents and fatalities through design 

• Get best practice advice and learn from case studies

10/03/2021 - Super Amphibian Highway

Register Now using the form below.

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Blue/Green Roof Design - creating sustainable urban environments

11/03/2021 - Blue/Green Roof Design - creating sustainable urban environments

Level 3


This presentation will explain the role of Blue/Green Roofs in the creation of sustainable urban environments and cover key design considerations. Tailored specifically for architects, civil and building engineers, this session will define the different types of blue/green roofs and their benefits, give highlights and explain key drainage design considerations. Details will also be shared about the new ACO (patent pending) Blue/green roof design.

Learning outcomes

• What is a Blue Roof?

• Why are they needed?

• How do we design a blue roof?

• Design Considerations?

• The ACO Patent Pending Solution

• Overview of the ACO RoofBloxx Software

Managing Rail Surface Water

09/12/2020 - 12.30pm - Managing Rail Surface Water

Level 2


The UK Rail industry goes back to the 18th Century and HS2, Crossrail and Crossrail 2 are transporting us into the future. The rail industry has a huge amount of infrastructure. Each of these areas come with a variety of restrictions and health and safety requirements for design.

In this presentation we look at the codes of practice used for the design of surface water management systems on Network rail and TfL’s networks. Providing in depth knowledge of the Surface Water Management solutions on offer and how the effect specific scenarios.

Finishing the presentation with a flurry of case studies and how ACO have worked on a variety of different projects covering the areas of; station buildings, platforms, maintenance sheds, light rail, parking and roads in line with the standards set out and how we implement SuDS within our designs. 

Learning outcomes

• Learn about the history of the Rail industry and its prospective growth

• Understand Issues associated with surface water on Rail Infrastructure and the associated problems

• How to calculate channel drainage systems using the simple index approach

• Standards and guidance that effect the design, install, operation of surface water management systems

• The application of surface water management products

• SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) and how these fit within Rail Infrastructure

• The design requirements for maintenance of surface water management systems

• Case studies referring to different design scenarios; Station Buildings, platforms, Maintenance depots, light rail, station car parks and roads

Effective Grease Management

24/03/2021 - Effective Grease Management

Level 1


Aimed at kitchen designers and consultants, contractors and commercial kitchen operators, this webinar explains the problems caused by fats, oils and grease (FOG), provides expert specification guidance for different grease management solutions and highlights industry best practice.

Learning outcomes

• What is FOG? – An explanation of the term FOG (Fat, Oil and Grease).

• The problem with grease – section goes into what happens when FOG is left untreated.

• Guidance – elaborates about the benefits of grease management, legislation and the water companies

• System options – Explains the different Grease Management Systems.

• Optimising the solution – Touches upon sizing calculation for some of the grease management solutions

• Operational best practice - Maintenance, commissioning and service

• Support – Organisations that can help and advice in grease management issues

• Clear the FOG – Summary of the learning points

Practical and Sustainable Surface Water Management

Level 3


This presentation focuses on the future of surface water management, where climate change, urbanisation, population growth and water scarcity are the key drivers for change and underline the importance of SuDS.

We look at the desirable attributes of SuDS in the form of infiltration, evaporation and evapotranspiration and, why maintenance is a crucial factor to consider when implementing a SuDS feature.

For any design, there are three ideal solution attributes; economic construction, the concept of ‘resilience’ in design and sustainability. Delivering these attributes is a challenge that all designers face and will be vital to maintaining a competitive advantage as the industry evolves.

We consider managing runoff, using both soft and hard solutions to deliver an optimised scheme, taking advantage of site topography and features of the local environment.

As members and sponsors of the new CIRIA Suds manual (C753), we explore how to instigate design features that enable compliance with Government guidance while delivering value-added benefits to the client and community.

Learning outcomes

• Learn the history, evolution and drivers of SuDS

• Understand the fundamental principles of a SuDS design

• Where to access legislation and guidance in the field of SuDS design

• Understand the balance between economics, resilience and sustainability

• Learn about government standards for water quantity

• How The SuDS Manual (C753) designs for rate and volume control

• Learn about rate management and interception losses using surface storage and green SuDS

• Understand pollution levels and the important of molecule sizing

• How to design treatment trains using The SuDS Manual Mitigation Indices

Accessing Professional Development

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ACO has recognised that knowledge transfer is fundamental in keeping up-to-date with these latest advancements in surface water management and has unique professional development and training offers for industry professionals. These can be accessed in a number of different ways to suit your learning requirements; online, in-company, or at the state of the art training facility at ACO UK headquarters.

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The extensive range of professional development material we offer is constantly updated and refreshed. Availability of certain programmes fluctuates according to demand. For both these reasons we recommend you register your interest by providing a few details in order for us to be able to keep you up to date. 

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