With the noble goal of educating future generations of water professionals, the Levee Challenges were organised as one of the main events of the Polder2C's project. These challenges aimed to involve university students in our activities and raise their capabilities in dealing with water dam issues.
About the Levee Challenge
The Levee Challenge is an event of which the main objective is to promote the creativity of university MSc students and to get them interested in technical training and civil/geotechnical engineering through project work as a team.
"Can we protect a damaged levee? And how would we implement this reparation?"
The 1st Levee Challenge
February - March 2021
This Challenge was a physical challenge in which groups of students were asked to repair the outer slope of a damaged grass-covered levee against overflow.
The Challenge included two teams:
- Team TU Delft - Use of Tyvek waterproof, damp open material and gripple anchors.
- Team KU Leuven - Use of Coconut Tensile Grid Mat.
The main objective of this challenge is to repair a damaged levee (2 m wide) in the Hedwige-Prosperpolder as well and efficient as possible to withstand steady overflow tests. The steady overflow tests that took place in November 2020 revealed that the traditional grass covered levee is quite resistant to overflow. Therefore, the levee stretches were artificially damaged with shovels.
Curious to learn more about the first Levee Challenge?
Read the article Levee Challenge: educational, innovative and unique
The 2nd Levee Challenge
The Levee Challenge was a physical challenge in which groups of students and professionals were asked to repair the outer slope of a damaged grass-covered levee. The groups needed to take into account the efficiency, innovative and durable solutions for their protection measures. The reparation of the levee needed to be sufficient to withstand a series of wave overtopping generated with a wave overtopping simulator.
The Challenge included four teams:
- Team Rijkswaterstaat - Use of erosion-resistant clay and rock bags
- Team CTW - Use of Wiepen (bundled wooden branches)
- Team De Vlaamse Waterweg - Use of swelling clay
- Team KU Leuven - Use of rigid plate
Read more about the second Levee Challenge and find out who won this challenge in the article Winner of the Levee Challenge 2022.
Curious to learn more about the Levee Challenges and the data collected during these events? Visit the Polder2C's SmartData website.