Civil engineering - dike improvement

In summary, the conversation discusses a question about the advantages and disadvantages of reinforcement outside of dikes for civil engineering purposes. The advantages include not needing space behind the dikes and potentially avoiding expensive reinforcement measures, while the disadvantages include a smaller flow profile and reduced protection against wave attack. The original poster was able to find the answers through their lecturer's help.
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I'm a civil engineering student, and it's my first year at the University of Applied Sciences, and I'm doing an exercise but can't figure out one of its parts.
The question: what are the advantages and disadvantages of reinforcement outside the dikes?
So far I've found only general information about dyke improvement, and not the specific information about the disadvantages and advantages.
So any information related to this question by any of you will be helpful for me to be able to understand it and answer the question correctly.

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It would seem that anything that tends to stabilize the ground would help to some extent.
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Waffle24 said:
The question: what are the advantages and disadvantages of reinforcement outside the dikes?
Can you explain more what is meant by "reinforcement outside the dikes"? If it is what I think it means, I can think of at least one clear advantage...
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Sorry for not replying to the questions. Meanwhile I've managed to find the answers to the question through the help from my lecturer. My apologies for bumping the topic, but I'll share my answers in here in case anyone is interested.

The advantages:
● No space required behind the dikes.
● Present buildings along the dike may remain standing or expensive reinforcement measures may be omitted
(think of sheet piling).

The cons:
● Flow profile / passage profile of the watercourse is becoming smaller.
● Present foreland is becoming narrower, so that wave attack is inhibited less.
● Any upholstery and soil protection must be removed and reapplied.
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What is the purpose of dike improvement in civil engineering?

Dike improvement in civil engineering is the process of strengthening and enhancing existing dikes to better protect against flooding and erosion. This is important because dikes act as barriers that prevent water from overflowing and causing damage to surrounding areas.

What are some common methods used for dike improvement?

Some common methods used for dike improvement include: reinforcing the dike with materials like concrete or steel, adding a protective layer such as riprap or geotextile fabric, installing drainage systems to prevent water from building up behind the dike, and creating a slope or berm on the landward side to increase stability.

What factors are considered when determining the need for dike improvement?

The need for dike improvement is typically determined by evaluating factors such as the age and condition of the dike, the level of protection it provides, the potential consequences of failure, and the potential for future changes in water levels or weather patterns. Environmental factors such as erosion, sedimentation, and sea level rise may also be considered.

Who is responsible for maintaining and funding dike improvement projects?

The responsibility for maintaining and funding dike improvement projects can vary depending on the location and ownership of the dike. In some cases, it may be the responsibility of the government or a specific agency, while in other cases it may be the responsibility of private landowners or a combination of both.

What are the potential risks and benefits of dike improvement?

The potential risks of dike improvement include the cost and potential disruption to surrounding areas during construction, as well as potential impacts on the surrounding environment. However, the benefits can include increased protection from flooding and erosion, improved land use and development opportunities, and protection of critical infrastructure and resources.

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