SAFETY PHILOSOPHY FOR DIKE DESIGN IN THE NETHERLANDS

A.W.C.M. Vrouwenvelder, P. Struik

Abstract


This paper describes the history and present state of the art with respect to safety philosophy for flood defence systems in the Netherlands. It is explained that present day philosophy is based on a so called dike-ring approach and on a probabilistic treatment of all load and strength parameters. Both target safety levels as well as verification procedures are discussed. Simplification rules for application in every day practice are given.

Keywords


Netherlands; safety; dike; dike design

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