News: “Dutch test-levee experiment helps strengthen U.S. levees, dams”

Civil engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (The Netherlands) were part of an international research team that collapsed a full-scale dike in The Netherlands last month. The test dike was embedded with advanced sensors and traditional measurement instruments, and results of the study are expected to help validate powerful new technologies for monitoring the health of aging flood-control infrastructure.

The study was led by Dutch research institute Deltares, in partnership with Rensselaer and fourteen other companies and universities from around the world. It was the research team’s third full-scale levee test collapse this summer.

Results will be presented at the Flood Risk Conference in November 2012, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Source: Homeland Security News Wire – 25 Sept 2012

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