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Peat soil – often breaks

https://www.ad.nl/alphen/dijkdoorbraak-zet-weilanden-in-reeuwijk-onder-water-rivierkreeft-zou-niet-de-boosdoener-zijn~af466319/ In the west of the Netherlands a peat “dike” failed today The original soil is the core of the dike, the surrounding soil has subsided and oxidized. The dike probably failed due to the fact it dried out, the recent abundant rainfall is only the trigger. The polder consists of agricultural land

A first step in trying to understand and document what occurred between July 12th and July 23rd in the Meuse river basin, and the effects on the Netherlands

A first step in trying to understand and document what occurred between July 12th and July 23rd in the Meuse river basin. This was an exceptional weather event. However it was correctly predicted. In Germany in the Eifel region (mainly tributaries to the Rhine) they had 3 months of rainfall in 36 hours and in …

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new geotechnical software

Rijkswaterstaat has launched new geotechnical software for slope stability on November 28th This was developed together with Deltares and our dike reinforcement program HWBP (The Slope Stability Project / POV Macrostabiliteit). Raymond van der Meij from Deltares was the main driving force behind the development. Meindert Van was one of the initiators. We have merged …

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Research in the Netherlands for Flood Defenses

May, 24th, 2018 Robert Slomp, Robert.slomp@rws.nl Marcel Bottema, Introduction In the newsletter we have given an abstract of the relevant research for Flood Defenses. The present overview covers the research in somewhat more detail. First some general principles are highlighted: Flood-defense research is polydisciplinary, including several scientific disciplines relating to various loads and strength aspects …

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