GENERAL REMARKS 0N THE FRENCH PRACTICE OF COASTAL DEFENSE

A. de Rouville

Abstract


This paper discusses the following items:

(a) Relative complexity of the study and completion of coastal defense structures, (b) reasons for the frequent failure to execute such projects (insufficient resources and inadequacy of technique and studies} (o)areas of high priority, where projects must be completed due to the great urgency of the problem* (d) cause of the special difficulties found only in France (length of coast line, insufficient resources of the communities interested, results of world wars)} (e) essential characteristics of sea defense structures (longitudinal and latitudinal)} lay-out, talus slope, flexibility of revetment, making talus watertight, protection of upper and rear faces of longitudinal structures, length, cross section of jetties} (f) the extent to which these beneficial ideas have been properly understood in France} (g) choice of materials (density of stones, facings, reinforced concrete, asphalt), sacrifices to be accepted and (h)development of scale model studies.

Keywords


coastal defense structures; project management; France coastline

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