FloodControl IJkdijk

Stichting FloodControl IJkdijk is the innovative dike monitoring organisation for inspection and testing based on sensor systems. This development programme results in nationally and internationally marketable dike monitoring systems (smart levees). The smart application of the monitoring philosophy leads to significant cost savings and deferred investments for water management authorities both in the Netherlands and abroad. Stichting FloodControl IJkdijk anticipates that all Dutch water management authorities will be operating this philosophy and will be monitoring their dikes with innovative systems in cases where it is worth doing so.

Between 2007 and 2010 Stichting FloodControl IJkdijk conducted groundbreaking experiments in dike monitoring with the aid of sensor technology. The next stage of the FloodControl IJkdijk development programme began at the end of 2011. 


The objective for the years to come is to continue to develop dike monitoring systems. The IJkdijk development programme runs until the end of 2014. Once the FC IJkdijk programme has been completed, private sensor technology companies should be in a position to deliver completely validated systems to water management authorities and for all dike types. 

Development programme elements

The programme for the continued development of the FC IJkdijk monitoring systems until 2014 comprises four elements:

  1. New validation tests – experiments to establish whether the various sensor systems can predict the failure of a dike and provide vital support for the management, testing and strengthening of dikes and for disaster management.
  2. Extension of LiveDijken (‘live dikes’) – equipping existing dikes with sensor systems to measure the actual strength of these dikes and avoid incurring unnecessary costs. Intended as an early warning for emergencies, as support for forecasting management and to produce a more accurate design. When it is necessary to strengthen a dike the sensor data can be used to produce an optimum reinforcement plan. 
  3. Upscaling of the LiveDijken in size (from development setting to professional approach) – LiveDijk XL 
  4. Development of the Dike Data Service Centre – a system for collecting all data from the IJkdijk experiments and LiveDijken. The DDSC streamlined information makes data available to the water management authority in a simple form. Instruments that facilitate analyse can be linked to this. Dike managers in the Netherlands are thus given an impression of the flooding risks and crisis teams are able to make better decisions. Also, the management and design of the dike can be adapted to accurately estimated risks, which places cost savings in reach.
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