Wim Kanning


Wim Kanning is working part-time for the All-Risk project that looks into methods to improve assessment and design of levees based on the new safety standards. Next to this, He is working for Deltares as a senior consultant/researcher on levee reliability and flood safety challenges.

Most of Wim's work has focussed on flood risk assessment and mitigation, especially on levee reliability. This was mostly triggered by working on the flooding of New Orleans in 2005. This also motivated to do his PhD on levee reliability.


Wim's work for the All-Risk project mostly consists of being daily supervisor of three PhD candidates. With Wouter Jan Klerk he works on optimal investment strategies for flood defence improvements, as well as applying monitoring and inspections. With Joost Pol he works on time-dependent progression of backward erosion piping. With SAFElevee’s Job Kool he works on the hindcasting of slope stability failures. Furthermore, he works on length-effects and the hindcasting of old piping failures.

Educational Activities

His main educational activity is the supervision of MSc students with their theses.

(Key) Publications

Kanning, W. (2012) The weakest link – spatial variability in the piping mechanism of dikes. PhD thesis Delft University of Technology.

Kanning, W., E.O.F. Calle (2013). Derivation of a representative piping resistance parameter based on random field modelling of erosion paths. Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards, 7:2, 99-109

Parekh, M. W. Kanning, C. Bocovich, A.R. Koelewijn, M.M. Mooney (2016) Backward Erosion Monitored by Spatial–Temporal Pore Pressure Changes during Field Experiments

Jongejan, R.B., F. Diermanse, W. Kanning, M. Bottema (2019). Reliability-based partial factors for flood defences. Reliability Engineering & System Safety 193

Kool, J.J., Kanning, W., Heyer, T.  Jommi, C., Jonkman, S.N. (2019). Forensic Analysis of Levee Failures: The Breitenhagen Case. International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories, 5 (2), 70-92

Kanning, W. , T. Schweckendiek (2019) Bayesian Inference of Piping Model Uncertainties Based on Field Observations. Conference: Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk (ISGSR 2019).

Click to see a list of publications on TU Delft Repository

Wim Kanning

Researcher All-Risk

Presence: irregular

Secondary company: Deltares