Introduction

Strengthening dikes with information is the essence of the 'Smart Levees' concept. Smart Levees inspire policymakers, water managers, industry and designers to think about levee management differently. Information plays a central role in the approach to keeping levees strong and safe. By drawing on current information about a levee, management agencies can tailor designs, optimise levee upgrades and adjust management plans in line with the condition of a levee, but also make the most of the opportunities to predict the behaviour of the levee in extreme circumstances. In this way, smart levees help to make management smarter and more reliable.

FloodControl IJkdijk and its predecessors, the FloodControl 2015 and IJkdijk foundations, have conducted extensive research in recent years looking at the development and application of internationally marketable monitoring and information systems. The research includes the validation of monitoring and data analysis technology, the development of systems, and their application in practice. The resulting knowledge and experience in this field lead to increasing demand for best practices, protocols and guidelines. The Smart Levee Guideline (SLG) makes knowledge available and provides water managers with practical tools for working with Smart Levees.

The Guideline has been structured to help you find the right information, with eleven different ways of accessing the information, grouped in three different layers. From top to bottom, they are: elementary information, perspectives and detailed information. The elementary information layer supplies all the general information about Smart Levees and the SLG. The perspective layer approaches the Smart Levees concept in three ways: Making Levees Smart (the operational perspective), life cycle (the perspective of operational managers) and governance (the administrative perspective). The detailed information layer consists of background information, best practices and practical tools in various categories: Tools, Projects & Cases, Technology and Applications, and Knowledge

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