Storm surge barriers exist and are being developed around the world to reduce the risk of severe flooding to people, property and places. These 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 barrier assets age, the maintenance challenges grow. Personnel change brings a risk of losing valuable tacit knowledge and awareness of important decisions that were made at design stage.
With a changing climate and sea level rise there is growing pressure on barriers to operate more frequently, and more countries are considering developing new barriers to protect communities in the future.
To deal with all these challenges, barriers need to continuously adapt and improve ways of working, including exploring how to use new technologies. As asset management is an evolving field, it’s essential to learn from each other at an international level, so these important assets continue to perform at their very best.
I-STORM was established in 2006 to connect specialists who are involved with storm surge barriers around the world, so they can learn and work together to deal with these challenges collectively.
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