This article highlights recent developments in the flood risk management in the Netherlands and approaches for asset and life cycle management for flood defences and hydraulic infrastructures. The functioning of these infrastructures is of great importance for the country as large parts of it are prone to flooding, and the adequate functioning of several hydraulic structures is vital for safety and other functionalities. The recent transition of the flood management policy toward more risk-based is summarized, resulting in new safety standards for flood defences in the form of tolerable failure probabilities. Using a risk-based framework, challenges in reliability assessment and management are discussed, such as the dynamic nature of loads, resistances and reliability requirements over time. Finally, various case studies are discussed to present advances and challenges in various subfields. Examples illustrate the utilization of risk-based approaches in the evaluation of innovative dike reinforcements and nature based solutions in flood management. In a third case life cycle cost analysis is demonstrated to be used to optimize the management and future proof reinforcement of large structures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife-Cycle of Engineering Systems: Emphasis on Sustainable Civil Infrastructure - Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Engineering, IALCCE 2016
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4987-7701-8
ISBN (Print)9781138028470
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event5th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Engineering: Life-Cycle of Engineering Systems: Emphasis on Sustainable Civil Infrastructure - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Oct 201620 Oct 2016
Conference number: 5


Conference5th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Engineering
Abbreviated title IALCCE 2016
Internet address

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