Flood protection products such as door barriers, flood doors and mobile flood barriers can be a significant investment, but with enormous benefits. The trouble has been that no full national standards have existed anywhere in the world, and so confidence in products has been under question.Now, a fully-fledged national standard (BS851188) is finally available; published in the UK but designed to give full confidence to buyers and specifiers all around the world.View Post
It is not economic to provide new multi-million dollar levees or diversion channels for all flood risk areas, but is it right to leave these areas with nothing more than a relic of world wars, with which to defend themselves from flooding? This article considers the merits of sandbags versus the technology now available.View Post
Most industries and professions are guilty of it. It makes communication easier among those in the know but jargon can often isolate or shut out those who don’t quite understand it and the field of flood resilience is no different. In an attempt to bridge the gap between two related but often disparate fields, this article will demystify some terms that are used widely within the field of flood resilience and explain how they might relate to architects.View Post
Our range of temporary barriers include Rapidam – a PVC coated fabric barrier, K50 – a metal barrier, EcoDam – a water filled barrier, Floodstop – a water (or sand) filled plastic barrier and a prototype mobile passive barrier called AquaFragma.
Having a wide range of solutions is important as they can each fulfil different roles. Some are better on hard surfaces and some on soft surfaces. Some have a large footprint and others a smaller one. Some can go to 2.4m high and others can only manage 900mm of flood waters.
Imagine having the choice though!
The flood protection industry is growing rapidly and is being pushed forward by both national policy and market forces. However, the danger of this fast pace of growth is that it is ploughing ahead without the empirical evidence needed to base design of defences on.View Post