Storm surge barriers are often our first line of defence against the rising tides. These barriers exist and are being developed all around the world to reduce the risk of severe flooding to people, property and places.

I-STORM is the international knowledge sharing network for all those working in the storm surge barrier industry. Within our network specialists around the world are getting together to face common challenges. We enable continuous improvements in storm surge barrier design, operation, maintenance and management.

The challenge

Storm surge barriers are unique structures that require personnel with specialist knowledge to operate and maintain them, so the barrier can be relied upon to perform whenever it is called into action. However, as storm surge barriers age the maintenance challenges grow. Changing climates and sea level rise also cause a growing pressure on barriers to operate more frequently. To deal with all these challenges, barriers need to continuously adapt and improve ways of working.

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About us

I-STORM is an international knowledge sharing network for all those who have a part to play in achieving reliable storm surge barriers. We facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration between our members, to help them deal with common challenges at an international level, and enable continuous improvement in storm surge barrier design, operation and management.

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2020-10-23

I-STORM gets a new look

As the I-STORM network grows and becomes more and more professional, we are happy to announce we have launched today a new I-STORM website, logo and look.

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"We are convinced that, although each storm surge barrier is unique, we face similar challenges. By developing relationships and learning from each other, we can ensure maximum reliability of our barriers."

Andy Batchelor & Marc Walraven

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As the I-STORM network grows and becomes more and more professional, we are happy to announce we have launched today a new I-STORM website, logo and look.

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Over the last decade I-STORM has continuously evolved and strengthened its organisation and connections across the globe, to grow into the international knowledge sharing network for all those working with storm surge barriers. As our network continues to grow, we agreed that our I-STORM network needs an updated look and a new website that would be of key benefit to all our members. So over the past 6 months I-STORM’s coordination team have been busy developing an image that suits the network for now and the future.

Over the next few months, we will be developing the website further and adding more content and features, so watch this space!

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I-STORM held two webinars for members in June 2020. The first was an update from Galveston, Texas on the Coastal Texas study, the second was an open discussion on how members have been managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in their respective organisations. Here is a short review.

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10 June: Coastal Texas Project Update Webinar

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Texas General Land Office’s (TGLO) Coastal TX Study Team are designing flood defences in the Galveston region to protect this area from storm surges. As there is a lot of knowledge in the I-STORM network, in March 2019 I-STORM members took part in the Gate Design Workshop, to explore different barrier concepts to be taken forward to the next level of feasibility analysis. This June the team gave an update on the project, which was informative and really well attended.

Attendees were very enthusiastic, so our thanks go to our colleagues at the USACE and TGLO for their fantastic and interesting presentation and their time answering the many questions members had! 

17 June: COVID-19 Working Practices Webinar

The second webinar was an open discussion on how members have been managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in their respective organisations. The attendees heard from the Environment Agency (UK), Rijkswaterstaat (NL) and South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East (USA) on how they have continued maintenance and operations during this time. This webinar also highlighted many of the challenges regarding testing and social distancing. Many thanks to all our presenters from the above organisations for their time and contributions to the discussion! Further information about this webinar can be found on our Events page.

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"We are convinced that, although each storm surge barrier is unique, we face similar challenges. By developing relationships and learning from each other, we can ensure maximum reliability of our barriers."

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