1953-2013 North Sea Flood in 3D in Science Centre Delft

28 January 2013 by Webredactie M&C

On Wednesday, 30 January 2013 TU Delft will present a new exhibit in Science Centre Delft in which visitors can virtually fly over the area affected in 1953 and can zoom in and out to see how the disaster unfolded.

3D landscape

On 1 February 2013 it will be 60 years ago that the dykes broke in more than 400 places in the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland. What did the disaster look like? It is now possible to show this in detail by combining a virtual 3D landscape of the Netherlands with flood models.

Among other things, the methods developed by the 3Di consortium offer administrators insight into the capricious and often unexpected course of floods and therefore act as cautionary tales on how to deal with these types of disaster. Are evacuation plans realistic; how self-reliant should people be in such situations?

Rubbish bags

One of the lessons to be learned in combining the newest visualisation and modelling techniques is that far more emphasis should be placed on self-reliance during disasters such as floods. The visualisations demonstrate that major dyke failures do not generally involve a closed waterfront but rather that the water reaches the hinterland far quicker by means of drainage ditches and canals, for example, resulting in people being surrounded. During the meeting it will also be explained why rubbish bags should form an essential part of every survival package.

More information

The exhibit is open to the general public from 31 January. See the programme on 30 January (only in Dutch).
There are limited spaces still available for media representatives, to reserve these and for more information please contact the science information officer Ineke Boneschansker on 015-2781751 or i.boneschansker@remove-this.tudelft.nl

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