Risk-based Asset Management

Six international counterparts from the Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) have visited the Thames Barrier to view gate test operations and share their experience on Risk-Based asset management, this  November. Our Dutch colleagues gave a series of presentations on various topics, including: external risk assessment of ship collision and fire.

Thames Barrier staff and members of the Thames Estuary Phase 1 Programme were on hand to listen to the latest ideas and approaches from the Netherlands and discuss emerging best-practice in risk-assessment and planned preventative maintenance.

Peter Blanker, Risk Analyst at the RWS, explained that  “as storm surge barriers are such unique structures they need continuously special care and attention from all kinds of people: operators, maintenance crews, risk analysts, management and public! Due to the unique character of storm surge barriers our own focus on the reliability of the Dutch Barriers is also not widely spread, providing us with little peers to test ourselves against. The I-STORM network has proved itself as a valuable resource for knowledge exchange, not only by learning from each other, but also through benchmarking our own practices”.   

Andy Batchelor, TTD Operations Manager said such visits help us learn from each other, identify opportunities and share knowledge and information on the management and operation of flood defence structures. This helps I-STORM members implement best practice and strive for excellence in our management and understanding of flood risk.

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