A lack of appropriate guidelines for the design and assessment hampers the development of multifunctional flood defenses like parking garages in quays and houses in dikes. The aim of the present paper, therefore, is to gain insight in the structural performance of multifunctional flood defenses and to provide a tool to evaluate design alternatives. For this purpose we have developed a generic method to determine the function of structural elements regarding flood
protection. A study of diverse multifunctional flood defenses showed that the derived structural element types are indeed generic. We then applied the method to a real case, which showed that it factually provides more clarity and insight in the advantages and disadvantages of adding functions to flood defenses. This method will therefore advance the design and application of
multifunctional flood defenses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Structures and Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2015
Subtitle of host publicationBoston, MA, September 9 - 11, 2015
EditorsLouise Wallendorf, Daniel Cox
Place of PublicationReston, Virginia, USA
PublisherASCE - COPRI
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7844-8030-4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2017
EventInternational conference "Coastal structures and solutions to coastal disasters" - Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Sep 201511 Sep 2015


ConferenceInternational conference "Coastal structures and solutions to coastal disasters"
Abbreviated titleCOPRI Coastal 2015
CountryUnited States
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    Research areas

  • flood defences, coastal protection, engineering design

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