TU Delft start-up ShoreMonitoring helps free houseboats in Gennep

19 January 2017 by Webredactie Communication

Damage to the barrage in the River Meuse near Grave has led to a drop in the water level at the Port of Heijen/Gennep. As a result, some houseboats are tilted, some are taking on water, while the strain on the hulls of others is becoming critical. The longer the water level remains low, the more damage will be done. The TU Delft start-up ShoreMonitoring used a jetski to chart the shallow areas around the houseboats, the mouth of the port and the lake. With this information, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) aided by another start-up, Mobiele Dijken, constructed a temporary dike to keep more water in the port.

Given the low level of water, a jetski is a smart way to examine the situation under water. On Friday, 13 January, a temporary dike measuring 7 m wide, 3.5 m high and 76 m long was constructed around the port, enabling water to be pumped into the port and the houseboats towed to a safer location.   

See Rijkswaterstaat 
See also NOS and the results after the weekend  

LiDAR Drone

In addition, ShoreMonitoring and partner Skyvision are using a LiDAR (laser radar) drone to measure the dike around the port and monitor how it reacts to the rising water level.   

Flood Proof Holland 

The temporary dike is the creation of the start-up Mobiele Dijken, which just like ShoreMonitoring did extensive testing in a TU Delft testing ground: Flood Proof Holland, a testing and demonstration ground for innovative solutions for effective water management of the EU-financed programme VPdelta.  

Additional information 
Rijkswaterstaat talks about the situation concerning the barrage in Grave   

Roeland de Zeeuw of ShoreMonitoring

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