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A new risk-based design approach for hydraulic engineering

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Hydraulic structures providing flood and coastal protection facilitate economic development as well as living areas and often converge with other infrastructure. There is a need for general guidance for analysing risks of hydraulic structures. This paper analyses two actual hydraulic engineering projects in the UK in which acceptable risk levels are incorporated in the design using a new risk-based design approach, taking consciously into account the influence of stakeholders, the legal framework as set by the Government, design-elements from different design-disciplines and funding.

Keywords: acceptable risk; flood and coastal protection; policy; stakeholders

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: HR Wallingford, Engineering Support Section Howbery Park Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8BA UK 2: Faculty of Civil Engineering (Hydraulic Engineering Section) Delft University of Technology Stevinweg 1, Room 3.87 PO Box 5048 2600 GA Delft The Netherlands

Publication date: September 1, 2004

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