UrbanFlood is a European funded project under the EU 7th framework Programme investigating the use of sensors within flood embankments to support an online early warning system for real time emergency management. Application of the concepts to support routine asset management, which includes the regular inspection of dikes, is also considered.
The UrbanFlood project is creating an EWS framework that will be used to link sensors via the Internet to predictive models and emergency warning systems. The data collected from the sensors are interpreted to assess the condition and likelihood of failure; different models can be used to predict the failure mode and subsequent potential inundation in near real time. Through the Internet, additional computer resources required by the framework are made available on demand. UrbanFlood will validate the EWS framework and method for implementation in the context of dike performance (failure) in an urban environment, but it can also be applied to monitor other possible disasters.
UrbanFlood started in December 2009 and runs for 3 years; the final UrbanFlood workshop will be held during the FLOODrisk2012 conference. Partners of UrbanFlood are TNO Information and Communication Technology, the University of Amsterdam and STOWA (Dutch acronym for the Foundation for Applied Water Research) from the Netherlands; HR Wallingford in the UK, ACC Cyfronet AGH in Poland and OOO Siemens in Russia.
To find out more about UrbandFlood, visit www.urbanflood.eu.
The IJkdijk is an international test setup for new inspection and monitoring technologies for water barriers. The purpose of the IJkdijk is to look into whether these inspection and monitoring technologies can be used to improve the inspection of levees in order to gain a clearer understanding of their behaviour. The ultimate aim is to establish the current strength of levees so that the authorities in the Netherlands can intervene sooner and more reliably should that prove necessary. The levee of the future is being designed and tested by the IJkdijk.
The IJkdijk foundation is an initiative of N.V .NOM, STOWA, Stichting IDL, Deltares and TNO; the test dikes are situated in a small polder near Nieuweschans, Groningen, the Netherlands, in the management area of Waterschap (water board) Hunze en Aa?s
Ludolph Wentholt from STOWA says: "We are delighted to be sponsoring FLOODrisk 2012 because it provides us with an international platform to promote and disseminate the important work carried out by both UrbanFlood and IJkdijk. Our involvement in FLOODrisk 2012 will not stop at sponsorship though, we also plan on submitting several papers and sending over 50 participants to the event
To find out more about Ijkdijk, visit www.ijkdijk.eu
Grundfos is a global leader in advanced pump solutions and a trendsetter in water technology. We contribute to global sustainability by pioneering technologies that improve quality of life for people and care for the planet.
To find out more about Grundfos, visit www.grundfos.com.
BFDS, Benelux Flood Defence Systems is the first company in the Benelux to respond to the flooding problems causesd by climate change. With a full range of intelligent flooding barriers, BFDS provides tailored solutions to flooding that are perfectly adapted to customers' needs.
To find out more about BFDS, visit www.bfds.be
The goal of the Dutch Room for the River Programme is to give the river more room to be able to manage higher water levels. At more than 30 locations, measures will be taken that give the river space to flood safely. Moreover, the measures will be designed in such a way that they improve the quality of the immediate surroundings. The Room for the River programme will be completed by 2015.
Managing-director Ingwer de Boer from the Room for the River project says: "As well as sponsoring FLOODrisk2012, we are also organising the International and Scientific Conference ‘Room for the River’: An international benchmark for a new governance approach in flood risk management? on the 19th of November just ahead of FLOODrisk2012 and will be holding a special session during this Conference on the 20th of November. We chose to associate with FLOODrisk2012 because it enables us to reach a high quality international audience of industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers".
To find out more about the Room for the River Conference, visit: http://www.ruimtevoorderivier.nl/meta-navigatie/registration Or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Room for the River: safety for four million people in the Dutch delta
With rivers losing space, flood hazards are increasing in the Netherlands. The rivers are sandwiched between ever higher dykes sheltering growing populations. Meanwhile, the land behind the dykes is subsiding apace. And with rain becoming both heavier and more frequent, there is more water for the rivers to handle. This means rising water levels and a greater chance of flooding add to this a major impact on residents, livestock, infrastructure and the economy.
1995: a quarter-million evacuees
Extreme levels and the borderline floodwaters of 1993 and 1995 in the country’s river region were a serious warning signal: 1995 in particular marked a narrowly averted disaster. A quarter of a million people and a million head of livestock had to be evacuated.
New approach to flood protection
Higher dykes are not enough to avert the increasing danger of floods. Water levels must be reduced. To this end the Dutch government is taking action to better protect the river region from flooding. At more than 30 locations rivers will be granted more ‘elbow room. Together these measures form the national Room for the River programme. This unique programme involves Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management), municipalities and provincial executives with the aim of ensuring safety for four million residents. The end result will be a safe and attractive river region in 2015.
Alongside safety, Room for the River is also good for the economy. On one hand the programme creates local potential like the new leisure openings at the Millingerwaard. Meanwhile in Nijmegen, river widening is part of an urban leisure plan in the region. In Overdiep agricultural restructuring is promoting more profitable operations and at the Avelingen industrial park there is a boost for sustainable transport on the river. On the other hand the national economy is welcoming a lift from the order book for the hydraulic construction sector for real project realizations.
To find out more about the programme Room for the River, visit: www.roomfortheriver.nl
Improving the climate for the benefit of people, the environment, and the economy; that is the challenge confronted by the collective initiators; Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam, eployers’ organization Deltalinqs, and DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond. The Rotterdam Climate Initiative creates a movement in which government, organizations, companies, knowledge institutes, and citizens collaborate to achieve a fifty per cent reduction of CO2 emissions, adapt to climate change, and promote the economy in the Rotterdam region.
To find out more about the the Rotterdam Climate Initiative, visit: www.rotterdamclimateinitiative.nl
As well as being co-organisers of the FLOODrisk 2012 conference, HR Wallingford is also sponsoring the conference dinner on Thursday 22nd November.
HR Wallingford is an independent research and technology organisation based near Oxford in the UK. Our objectives include promoting, carrying out and disseminating research in hydraulics and related fields, for the study of the natural and built environment. At HR Wallingford we inform and support scientifically sound decision-making through our use of up-to-date knowledge, information and techniques. Our research supports a diverse range of consultancy projects and clients, with more than 50% of our turnover coming from projects outside of the UK.
Our activities cover all things aquatic - from the headwaters of a river catchment, out to the shelf sea. Our work varies from exploring new ideas with the academic community through the development of models, guidance and manuals, to the provision of specialist and often bespoke solutions for industry. We have undertaken substantial programmes of research relating to water engineering and water policy funded nationally by the British Government Departments and Environment Agency and also internationally. The Company has coordinated many research projects for the European Commission (EC) and has participated in over 40 projects in the EC Framework programmes.
A vital and distinctive role of our organisation is to be a conduit for knowledge and understanding developed in the academic sector, to be transferred into practice for the greater public good. Thus we are committed to working in partnership with others on the implementation of new methods and techniques, and also to broad dissemination of the research. As coordinators of the EC project FLOODsite, (see www.floodsite.net ) HR Wallingford promoted the FLOODrisk 2008 conference; we are now pleased to be a partner in the organisation and of sponsoring the conference dinner of its successor FLOODrisk 2012. From our Flood Management Group, Paul Samuels chairs the FLOODrisk 2012 International Scientific Committee and he and Andy Tagg are supporting Deltares in their work as the lead organiser of the event
FloodProBE is a European research project with the objective of providing cost-effective solutions for flood risk reduction in urban areas. FloodProBE aims to develop technologies, methods and tools for flood risk assessment and for the practical adaptation of new and existing buildings, infrastructure and flood defences leading to a better understanding of vulnerability, flood resilience and defence performance. This research supports implementation of the Floods Directive through the development of more effective flood risk management strategies. The work is being undertaken in close partnership with industry, and is utilising pilot sites across Europe, to help provide practical industry guidance and cost effective construction solutions.