Developing a substitution strategy for hydraulic structures to meet the challenges of a new century

F den Heijer, MA Wolters, JCM van Dorsser, HEJ Berger, ACL Hijdra

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The Netherlands is situated in a Delta area, in which water management is a very important issue.
Water management is necessary to keep the rivers under control, provide fresh water and to protect
against flooding. For water management and navigation hundreds of hydraulic structures are built,
such as storm surge barriers, ship locks, sluices and pumping stations. They are an integral part of the
water network. Most of the hydraulic structures have a projected life time of about 100 years. After this
period substitution due to aging becomes necessary.
The hydraulic structures in the Netherlands are aging, so the need for a substitution strategy is
growing. Objectives of a very long term (100 years) substitution strategy are to provide a higher quality
network, at lower costs for building and maintenance and to be prepared for future developments.
Future developments include climate change, demographic and economic developments and changes
in de functions of the water system.
This paper discusses the potential benefits of an integrated proactive substitution strategy. Several
explorations are carried out to get support for the development of a proper strategy for the whole
asset. These are dealing from inventories of the condition of the present asset, learning from others
and case studies to a PhD project on ‘Very Long Term Development of the Dutch Inland Waterway
System’ to provide a sound knowledge base for the desired substitution strategy.
The explorations mentioned above are still in progress. No final results are available yet. But the
interests are high, since the total asset value is estimated at 15 billion Euros (price level 2002), which
is a lot of money for a small country.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32th PIANC MMX Congress
EditorsK White
Place of Publications.l.
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event32th PIANC MMX Congress, Liverpool, UK - s.l.
Duration: 10 May 201014 May 2010

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Conference32th PIANC MMX Congress, Liverpool, UK


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