The Concept of the New Waterway Storm Surge Barrier: Reliability as an Integral Part of a Nation's Sea Water Defense System

by Rob Houben, Ministry of Transport and Public, Works, Netherlands,
Hans Janssen, Ministry of Transport and Public, Works, Netherlands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability


In the southwest of the Netherlands a storm surge barrier is to be built in the waterway that gives access to the port of Rotterdam. Strict design conditions ensure that only very slight hindrance to shipping will occur. Combined with dikes along the rivers, the barrier will provide the required safety at lower costs and in a shorter period of time than was envisioned in the original scheme, derived from the Delta Plan. The purpose of the barrier design is reducing design water levels for the river dikes. Reliability aspects are integrated into the computation of design water levels.

Subject Headings: Storm surges | Waterways | Stormwater management | Gates (hydraulic) | System reliability | Integrals | Sea water | High-rise buildings | Netherlands | Europe

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