Each of the project's five pilots covered different aspect of flood risk management and types of flood risk assets.
Hamburg (Germany): Optimising the management of flood protection gates
The pilot covered the improvement of the maintenance concept for the flood protection assets and the integration of all relevant data in a single, web-based, intuitive information system. Among other aspects, the pilot evaluated the risk of human and tecnical errors and also included a critical review of the supplier's guidelines for maintenance.
Helsingborg (Sweden): Managing flood risk in the central city
This pilot identified critical points and objects in the city centre. With the help of this documentation and previous reports, a risk and impact analysis was carried out. For the first time, Helsingborg Municipality was able to produce a socio-economic cost analysis for inner and outer protection of the city on a longer time scale, as well as for mobile protection feasible in the near future.
Ribe Polder (Denmark): Managing multiple flood risk sources
Through FAIR, The Danish Coastal Authority and Esbjerg Municipality have gained understanding of the system surrounding Ribe. The FAIR project has created closer and increasingly beneficial cooperation between internal teams in Esbjerg Municipality for asset management, river management, and climate adaptation planning.
Middelkerke (Flanders): Innovative renewal of a sea dike
The pilot explored dunes and beach nourishments in response to the expected sea level rise. This pilot included a stilling wave basin reducing the wave energy - the first of its kind on a large scale. The site will also be the first to test the "dune before dike principle". The chosen measures are adaptive - the beach can be strengthened or the dune can be heightened according to needs. The new dike and dune can be used for multiple purposes.
Hollandsche Ijssel (the Netherlands)
Dikes along the river Hollandsche IJssel (operated by the regional water authority, HHSK) no longer meet the statutory standard. The river can be isolated from the main river, Nieuwe Maas, by a storm surge barrier (operated by Rijkswaterstaat, RWS) which controls hydraulic loads on the dikes. The partners managed to trade off costs and benefits between dike and barrier improvements, reducing lifecycle costs without compromising standards.