The three main elements addressed by FloodProBE are
(a) the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and high-density value assets, being the main originators of direct and indirect flood damage,
(b) the reliability of urban flood defenses by improving understanding and assessment of failure processes that have proven to be critical in recent flood events and
(c) construction technologies and concepts for flood-proofing buildings and infrastructure networks to increase the flood-resilience of the urban system as well as for retrofit and repair of flood defenses in the most economic and cost beneficial manner.
The aforementioned elements will be integrated into state-of-the-art flood risk management strategies and will be developed, tested and validated via pilot study sites. A wide range of stakeholders will be involved in the project from the outset through an Associate Partner programme and by an external Advisory Board. This involvement will provide guidance on the project programme to directly meet industry needs, whilst also facilitating international dissemination, supporting uptake and implementation of project deliverables.
The primary impact of FloodProBE will be a significant increase in the cost-effectiveness (i.e. performance) of investments in newly developed and existing flood protection and flood resilience measures. This will be achieved by focusing the research on risk hotspots, i.e. weak links in flood defense system performance and vulnerable assets, that, if damaged, cause very large direct and indirect adverse consequences (e.g. infrastructure networks).
PROJECT GOALS:The objectives and principal aims are:
• To improve methods for assessing the vulnerability to flooding of the urban environment, especially by extending conventional methods with the ability to assess indirect impacts of damage to networks and assets with a high value density.
• To improve the understanding and assessment of urban flood defence performance in order to develop suitable protection measures and to increase the cost-effectiveness of future investments.
• To develop and test construction technologies and concepts to improve the performance of existing and new flood defences and for flood-proofing of the urban environment.
• To integrate the knowledge developed in the project on assessment of vulnerability of urban areas and flood defences as well as the newly developed construction technologies and concepts to support holistic flood risk management strategies.
• To contribute to guidance in flood risk assessment and flood management practice in the urban context and thereby support implementation of the EU Flood Directive.
WP2 addresses issues related to the vulnerability understanding and assessment of the vulnerability of urban areas or systems.
WP3 deals with failure modes and the assessment and identification of weak spots in urban flood defences.
WP4 investigates cost-effective construction technologies and concepts for improving the performance of existing and new flood defences and for increasing the flood resilience of urban systems and assets
WP5 supports integration the research and newly developed knowledge into existing decision support models or systems, the production of industry guidance and the interaction and integration of pilot site studies across Europe.
The dissemination and stakeholder-involvement activities are addressed under WP6 whilst WP1 comprises all activities related to the management of the consortium.
Flood risk maps are the first step to draw a picture about where the flood prone areas are located. However, most of the maps do not assess the vulnerability of critical infrastructure networks and buildings. The review of construction methods produced a typology of common construction methods used in non-domestic buildings, covering external walls, internal partitions and floors. This work aimed at devising the methodology for a tool that has the inputs of flood characteristics, building structure, building construction and materials, contents, plans and activities; with the outputs which gauge the nature and extent of damage, duration of disruption, cost of repair/replacement.
Furthermore, common vulnerability assessments describe the risk and the weakness of one specific lifeline, such as water supply or electricity network. Research done focused on the assessment of interdependencies between critical infrastructure networks to understand how networked systems are resilient because societal functions are highly dependent on networked systems and the operability of these systems can be vulnerable to disasters. A methodology was developed to produce interdependent networks disturbance scenarios in order to identify the most critical components.
At the urban scale work was done to develop suitable approaches to assess and model urban floods and test the approaches in the case studies. This is following a three-stage approach comprising risk and vulnerability assessment (RVA), GIS-based analysis and ID model simulations, to make an assessment of flood risk for a selected area in the pilot site Trondheim.
This innovation is the result of the project
Title: Technologies For The Cost-Effective Flood Protection Of The Built Environment
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Role in project: Project Coordination
Contact person: Mr. VAN REE Derk
Phone: +31 88 3357404
ACCIONA INFRAESTRUCTURAS S.A.
Contact person: Mr. PARÍS TORRES Miguel Ángel
Contact person: Mr. DE GRAAF Rutger
DURA VERMEER GROEP NV
Contact person: BRANDENBURG-SLUIJTER Ellen
Contact person: Dr. SERRE Damien
HR WALLINGFORD LTD
Contact person: Mr. TAGG Andy
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX
Contact person: Mr. TINET Daniel
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE
Contact person: MÉRIAUX Patrice
METCENAS OPS - METHODOLOGY CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT ASSESSMENT
Contact person: Dr. VESELY Josef
MOSTOSTAL WARSZAWA SA
Contact person: Mr. PONETA Pawel
OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY
Contact person: Prof. WALLIMAN Nicholas
REGIONALNI ENVIRONMENTALNI CENTRUM (REC), CESKA REPUBLICA, O.P.S.
Contact person: Dr. BOUKALOVA Zuzana
SAMUI DESIGN & MANAGEMENT LTD
Contact person: Mrs. MORRIS Estelle
SOLINTEL M&P SL
Contact person: Mr. ROYO Javier
Contact person: Mr. IVERSEN Bjørn Skjold