Dikes and Levees
A dike, levee, embankment, floodbank, or stopbank is an artificially constructed fill or wall that borders bodiesof water .
As a result of climate change, the design bases and associated flood occurrence probabilities are shifting.
Correct design is thus becoming increasingly difficult. The levee and dike design made possible by the geotextile tubes allows that the dike can be safely overflowed without failing.
In this innovativen construction method, geotextile tubes filled with soil, known as topotubes, are produced on site and installed directly. With the construction elements, several advantages can be achieved for the entire dike or only for partial areas, e.g. for dike reinforcement.
Overflow resilience: If a conventional earthen structure is overflown, it erodes down to the bedrock. The resilient design of the dike becomes more important as conditions change.
Erosion protection independent of the top layer: The geotextile tubes secure the dike core, so that the design of the top layer and the turf becomes less relevant.
Lower space requirement: The composite construction method allows steeper slope inclinations to be realized, which result in a smaller contact area.
Greater material variance: The tubes takes over essential properties, such as the necessary shear strength or erosion resistance. The soil material can be obtained as locally as possible.
Savings potential: Both the lower space requirement and the material variance offer opportunities for significant savings. The sustainable construction method and lower environmental impact during construction can also be included in the balance sheet. In the operation of the construction costs are generally lower, since the revetment requires less maintenance.
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