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Climate change, subsidence, the rising economic value of our land (homes, businesses, industry, etc.) and the strict safety requirements mean that the Netherlands will have to invest substantially in minimising the chance of flooding. Events such as in Wilnis, Stijn, Terbregge, near-disasters such as in the Betuwe in ’94, ’95 and ’96 and the evacuation in Groningen in January 2012 make it clear that better understanding of the water barriers is as necessary as ever. A new type of dike is required: the dike of the future.


Stichting IJkdijk and its partners are using sensor technology to develop the dike of the future. Sensors have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives: the thermostat in the heating systems of our homes, navigation systems, anti-burglary equipment, lighting that automatically activates when it gets dark, sun blinds that deploy when the sun shines on a building, and so on. This technology can also be used to gain an insight into a dike's current strength. Stichting IJkdijk’s development programme focuses not only on water barriers and the related science, but also on the necessary information and communication technology, the interface with the practical management of water authorities (water boards, Directorate General for Transport, Public Works and Water Management, the provincial authorities), the marketing of technology and the related economic development both at home and abroad. The Netherlands is an international front runner when it comes to water management and safety. The IJkdijk programme strengthens that position scientifically, managerially and economically.

Intensive partnership

Stichting IJkdijk works in partnership with knowledge institutes, the business community and water barrier managers. The business community supplies technology, know-how, funding and manpower. The management authorities (end-users such as the water boards, the Directorate General for Transport, Public Works and Water Management and the provincial authorities) are also closely involved in this process. The developed technology is applied in practical management with the LiveDijken. LiveDijk Eemshaven is the first example of this. The knowledge institutes provide expertise concerning the interface between IT and dike technology.



  • Gaining a clearer understanding of the behaviour and current quality of water barriers makes it possible to build and improve dikes less robustly and to design them more accurately on the basis of validated information. That can save hundreds of millions or even billions of euros. 
  • Prompt evacuations can be carried out in emergencies. That means not too soon, too late or unnecessarily. It is also easier and cheaper for third-world countries to properly monitor existing dikes than to reinforce them.
  • Dike management can be even further optimised, which makes cost savings possible.
  • The Netherlands is extending its leading international position in the area of water management. A big market is open to us.
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