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State of the art in Storm-surge protection : the Netherlands Delta Project
Watson, I.; Finkl, C.W. (1990). State of the art in Storm-surge protection : the Netherlands Delta Project. J. Coast. Res. 6(3): 739-764
In: Journal of Coastal Research. Coastal Education and Research Foundation: Fort Lauderdale. ISSN 0749-0208, more
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    Marine; Brackish water

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  • Watson, I.
  • Finkl, C.W.

    A multi-billion dollar complex of coastal construction protects the delta-estuarine region of the south-west Netherlands from a repeat of the 1953 storm-surge flooding that killed 1835. The Delta Project became effective in terms of flood protection in 1986, but sections of it are still under construction. One of the world's greatest civil-engineering projects, its 11 major and multiple secondary components have the function of closing off three main estuaries which shorten the coastline by approximately 720 km, creating a non-tidal waterway, the Scheldt-Rhine link, which facilitates inland shipping between Antwerp and Rotterdam (120 km), two of the largest ports in the world, and ensuring the partial environmental preservation of the Delta area. This case history addresses geology and foundation problems, planning and construction sequence, site investigation and foundation preparation, methods of construction, and foundation/structural interaction. The main focus is the megascale control barrier completed i

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