Retro Fitting and Engineering Planning of Flood Prone Areas: FTS Goes Above and Beyond

22 March 2017

Flood prone areas make the news all the time. After a flood, despondent families are seen gazing at their damaged homes and water-soaked belongings. The muddy water is also a health risk. It mixes with sewage, which then creates a bacteria-infused muck. Let’s take a look at a proactive solution to this mess, a series of civil engineering techniques that Fairdinkum Technical Services (FTS) has shaped into a highly effective floodproofing solution.

Retrofitted Site Drainage

It’s the first logical step, the installation of an effective water drainage system. Flood prone areas generally build levees and below-ground storm drains as a surge compensation mechanism, but towns and cities grow. Suburban townships prosper until a once capable infrastructure no longer provides enough drainage capacity. An infrastructure overhaul is paramount. The engineered underpinnings require extensive alterations, including extra branching channels, widened drains, and, most likely, some major waterway enhancements.

Elegant Elevation Resolutions

Unlike a general repair methodology, a retrofitting project can never be perceived as some ineffectual band-aid. Indeed, the level of engineering planning implemented throughout the newly overhauled drainage system requires a thoroughly envisaged blueprint, a revised layout that extends from the humblest street drain to the largest mainline flood wall and levee junction. Similarly, the floodproofing dilemma can be approached from the opposite direction. It’s here that civil engineering professionals use topographical studies as a tool. The study clearly illustrates the lay of the land so that depressed parcels of land can be built up until they’re no longer at risk. This same method is used to control the flow of a torrential stream, to direct it to the nearest retrofitted culvert.

Stop and Consider: Retrofitting Basics

Granted, this isn’t the construction of an entirely new network of flood arbitration constructs. In point of fact, the alterations are implemented on top of the original drains and waterways. Bottlenecks, if there are any, are corrected by widening underground aqueducts. Urban renewal work supports this move by building flood walls, then elevating parcel of land. Of course, since there are probably already structures on the land, individual buildings can also be elevated.

The engineering principles and resources covered in this intimidating topic are hard to implement, but the services of an FTS team leader, a flood alleviation provider that employs advanced engineering solutions to go above and beyond the call of duty, can quickly derive a workable method of correcting flood prone situations. They include drainage improvements, site elevation techniques, and, should all else fail, the engineering acumen to entirely move the structure to a drier area.

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