flood defence Articles

  • Understanding flexibility for multifunctional flood defences: a conceptual framework

    Flexibility is often proposed as a valuable capability to cope with uncertainty and change. However, there is no consensus about what constitutes flexibility across the literature. A review of publications on flood management, real options and manufacturing reveals remarkable commonalities along with substantial inconsistencies in the use of flexibility. These observations are used for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Innovative Glass Flood Defence for Keswick, Cumbria

    In September 2011, IBS Engineered Products Ltd was awarded a contract by main contractor VolkerStevin to design, supply and install a glass wall flood defence system for Keswick, Cumbria. The glass wall panelling formed part of the Environment Agency’s £6.1 million flood risk management scheme in Keswick.  ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Mangroves for coastal defence

    The role of mangroves in protecting our coasts against natural hazards such as storms, tsunamis and coastal erosion has been widely promoted. But the supposed coastal protection services of mangroves have also been subject to debate. The Nature Conservancy and Wetlands International together with the University of Cambridge set out to map the current state of knowledge about the role of mangroves ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Developing optimum solutions to flooding

    Developing optimum solutions to flooding With a very long period of wet weather in the summer overlaid by intense rainfall, 2007 was the wettest summer in the UK on record. This unusual weather pattern resulted in very high localised runoff, with three events in England exceeding the 1 in 100 year return period over that time – some of the worst flooding that has ever occurred in ...


    By Innovyze

  • Living with floods in the Mahanadi Delta, India

    In October 2013, one of the fiercest cyclones to hit the Bay of Bengal for many years made landfall on the low-lying delta coast of the Indian state of Odisha. With winds battering the coastline at more than 200 kilometres per hour, the structural damage from cyclone Phailin was intense. Thousands of straw, timber and bamboo homes were destroyed across the delta of the River Mahanadi, one of ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Flood Protection: Freuchie Mill, Freuchie, Fife, Scotland

    Client: Kingdom Housing Association Project Detail: The small community of Freuchie Mill in Fife, Scotland, was devastated by flooding of the notorious culvert running through its cul de sac in August 2008. More than a dozen homes were flooded, elderly residents were trapped in their homes, and in one case part of a garden collapsed, leaving a gaping hole 12m ...


    By UK Flood Barriers Limited

  • Flood and Coastal Risk Management - Case Study England

    The Environment Agency is the principal flood risk management operating authority. It has the power (but not the legal obligation) to manage flood risk from designated main rivers and the sea. These functions in relation to other rivers (defined as ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Are the Government doing enough to protect communities from flooding?

    Despite it being the official start of British summer, many locations have continued to be hit by severe flooding in the last few weeks. Locations all over the UK have been struck by severe weather warnings, and many properties have been left damaged by the continued rainfall. Unfortunately this is not considered remarkable. The UK has already seen heavy flooding since the year started, following ...


    By AQUAREAD Limited

  • Flood Risk Mapping for Scotland Takes Off

    Untitled Document Scotland has an area of roughly 79,000km2 and a population of five ...


    By Innovyze

  • Early Flood Warning System prevents village from a potentially devastating flood - Case Study

    Aquaread's LeveLine-EWS system proving to be a huge success story for Essex Village Parish councillor and local residents comment on their experiences with their new flood alert system, provided by Aquaread, as it issues it's first alerts to the community. According to the Met Office, December was the wettest month the UK has seen in over a century. As a result flooding has ...


    By AQUAREAD Limited

  • Flood protection wooler fire station, south road, wooler, Northumberland

    Client: GB Building Solutions on behalf of Northumberland County Council Contract Period: 2 weeks Installed April 2011 Project Detail: The Northumbrian market town of Wooler high in the Cheviot Hills experienced the worst floods for 100 years in September 2008, having already been badly flooded four years earlier in August 2004. 7 ...


    By UK Flood Barriers Limited

  • Over a million log on to SEPA’s flood map and InfoWorks RS

    On average, over 11,000 people a day look at the maps, peaking at 40,000 to 60,000 during wet weather – a staggering 222,552 people accessed the maps on one particular day just after the map was launched. The map provides web-based flood outlines indicating the flood hazard that exists at any particular location (for instance, whether an area may be inundated by a fluvial flood event of one in ...


    By Innovyze

  • Self closing flood barrier: Carrick on Suir, county Tipperary, Ireland

    Client: Office of Public Works, Ireland Project Detail: The historic river side town of Carrick on Suir in County Tipperary in Southern Ireland has long been prone to river and tidal flooding. This is an area which is heavily dependent upon having good access to the river since it is from the town’s North and South Quays, that fishermen launch ...


    By UK Flood Barriers Limited

  • BLOBEL Flood Barrier Systems – Protection from Floodwaters and Mud!

    In recent years we have experienced more and more extreme weather conditions which have caused damage and devastation to the environment and local infrastructure.BL/HSW-SB at work, designed to protect private and commercial assets from rising floodwaters and mud.The BL/HSW-SB, a fully demountable Flood Protection System responds to this need, according to Blobel. It is designed to protect private ...


    By Blobel Umwelttechnik GmbH

  • InfoWorks RS aids priority river flood modeling in New Zealand

    Project Background Innovyze’s InfoWorks RS has been the key software in helping to formulate flood risk reduction strategies throughout the Northland Region of New Zealand, an area of approximately 14,000 km2 on the northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. The Northland Region has a predominately tropical climate. In recent years a number of tropical storms have ...


    By Innovyze

  • Case study - Freuche Mill, Scotland

    The small community of Freuchie Mill in Fife, Scotland, was devastated by flooding of the notorious culvert running through its cul de sac in August 2008. More than a dozen homes were flooded, elderly residents were trapped in their homes, and in one case part of a garden collapsed, leaving a gaping hole 12m wide. Freuchie Flood Action Group was instrumental in subsequently bringing an ...


    By AGGERES

  • Propositions for using risk acceptance criteria

    Risk acceptance and tolerability criteria are tools that are used to evaluate and control risks. Although such criteria have been used for many years in different sectors of applications, their rationale and use are still being discussed. Three issues commonly addressed are: 1) the type and form of the criteria (e.g., general formulations compared to tailor-made criteria for specific ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Case Study - Klaas Kamminga - Narrabeen, New South Wales

    Type: Private development - New house Architect: Con Vink, Robert Bird + Partners, International Consulting Engineers, Sydney Timing: 2007 The Problem Narrabeen is a beachside suburb in northern Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia.  It is located 23 kms north-east of the Sydney ...


  • What are the true costs of rising sea levels?

    A simple relationship between sea level rise and the massive potential costs of future coastal flooding has been established by scientists in Germany. As sea levels rise, the damage to human economies rises even faster. And as sea levels rose by an estimated 14cms in the last century, and could rise by up to 130cms ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Water pollution prevention guidelines for UK construction works

    Construction and maintenance activities in or near water have the potential to cause serious pollution or impact on the bed and banks of a watercourse and on the quality and quantity of the water. Some activities with the potential for affecting watercourses or groundwater may require either consent in England and Wales under the Water Resources Act 1991 or an authorisation in Scotland under the ...

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