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Short term assessment and mitigation of flood risks

To achieve an innovation in the dike safety monitoring, namely the use of geotextiles and "smart" cables to assess the acute risk of flooding in order to take appropriate action, like reinforcement of embankments or the installation of a permanent monitoring system.

The purpose of the STAMFOR project is to continue in the contemporary research (projects IMPACT (FP5), Floodsite (FP6) and eGMS (EUREKA)). The aim of the project is to achieve an innovation in the dike safety monitoring, namely the innovative use of geotextiles and „smart“ cables for full-time monitoring of dike seepages and deformations. Monitoring will be based on the measurement of temperature and stress changes in optical fibers, caused by shifts (deformations) in the dike body. Possibly, there will be tested „smart“ cables based on another principle (e.g. measurement of resistivities, electric potentials). The described technology is currently started to be used for geotechnical monitoring of large transport structures. Deformations of large embankments are monitored or safety is ensured in this way during the remediation of collapses. Under the project, we assume cables to be installed into a large reconstructed dam body and into a selected segment of reconstructed or newly built flood control dikes. The new method of monitoring will be combined with repeated geophysical measurement (GMS methodology, developed by IMPACT project and verified in the EUREKA project eGMS and tested in FP7 project Floodsite). Geophysical measurement will be used to detect anomalous dike segments with seepages and based on this measurement an optimal way of installation of „smart“ cables will be selected. The project output will be a verification of technology of smart cables for the purpose of monitoring of large dams and flood control dikes. Methodology will be designed for the installation of cables and evaluation of measured data in terms of monitoring of dikes and technical survillance. STAMFOR develops an embankment stability and risk assessment system that can be used by SME’s, dam owners and local stakeholders. It comprises a particle embankment inspection kit, in situ sensor systems and an online service. Here the monitoring kit will deliver all the information for a calculation of the inner composition of the damming structure whilst the sensor systems measure the actual parameters related to loading. The service will determine the risk of flooding from a combination of the strength of a damming structure and its loading. It allows assessing the acute risk of flooding and taking appropriate action, like reinforcement of embankments or the installation of a permanent monitoring system. In this project utility design of measuring systems will be developed and tested on two types of damming structures: - Embankments (damming structures parallel to a river) - Dams (damming structures perpendicular to a river) Each of these structures has its own dynamics and specific problems. These measuring systems, together with STAMFORs online service, allow SME's and dike owners to assess the strength of embankments. In STAMFOR a technology is developed providing non-experts measuring instruments which they can obtain data relevant to the composition of dikes. This data can be uploaded to the DIKINS internet services (developed in eGMS project) which calculate and visualize the dike's actual composition. Furthermore non experts will be able to place sensors in dikes that will provide real time information on the hydrological conditions relevant for the strength of the dike. It is this combination of existing measuring systems (GMS and sensors) together with advanced monitoring and calculation methods that makes the STAMFOR project unique. Business wise it enables local non-expert SME's (e.g. construction companies) to play a part in the maintenance of dikes and in crisis situations a role in the in time prevention of flooding. Worldwide no other system has these capabilities. Thus STAMFOR's technologies and online services address the need of managers of water construction works and local water administrative bodies all over the world.
Acronym: 
STAMFOR
Project ID: 
8 688
Start date: 
01-03-2014
Project Duration: 
34months
Project costs: 
1 210 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Safety technology
Market Area: 
SERVICES

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