The International Levee Handbook (C731), 2013
Levees, otherwise known as flood embankments or dikes, are a
vital part of modern flood risk management. Many towns and cities would
be uninhabitable without them. It is estimated that there are several
hundreds of thousands of kilometres of levees in Europe and the USA
The International Levee Handbook (ILH) offers international
good practice on levees based on current knowledge and experience from
six countries in one single, comprehensive handbook. This 1350 page
handbook provides a guide to the evaluation, design, implementation,
maintenance and management of levees.
Beach management manual (second edition) (C685), 2010
Beaches play an important role either as the sole
barriers to coastal flooding and erosion, or as part of manmade
defences. Beach management in the UK has evolved significantly in
design and execution over the last 10 years, motivated by increased
expenditure on capital schemes aided by guidance from CIRIA’s Beach management manual, first published in 1996.
This second edition includes the latest information on
state-of-art methods, guidance on beach monitoring and maintenance,
evaluation of the state and performance of a beach, design, procurement,
execution and the after-care of beach improvement schemes. It is
divided into four parts and makes use of case studies to illustrate
popular management techniques and draw from experience of existing
management approaches, reflecting the wealth of experience gained since
The use of concrete in maritime engineering - a good practice guide (C674), 2010
The guide combines current information and new material authored jointly
by HR Wallingford, CETMEF and Halcrow into a guide for use within the
maritime engineering industry. This guide aims to distil conclusions
from existing research and practical experience, develop good practice
guidance on marine concrete materials selection and design, and set
out guidance on pre-casting of a variety of elements.
A guide to cost standards for dredging
equipment (C684), 2009
This guide is for use by all stakeholders in dredging projects, which
include consultants, existing and potential clients, project financiers,
insurers and dredging contractors. The publication offers a standard
method to establish the capital and related costs of various types of
dredging plant and equipment commonly in use.
Guidelines for the use of metocean data through the lifecycle of
a marine renewable energy development (C666), 2008
This guide has been developed to identify and recommend on the uses of metocean
data through the life cycle of a marine renewable energy development and serve
as a helpful reference to inform project developers, engineers, marine surveyors,
environmental consultants and other key stakeholders who will benefit from
a wider appreciation of metocean issues. The document includes a review of
metocean data types, data sources and identifies the importance for good data
Flood resilience and resistance for critical infrastructure (C688), 2010
This publication is the main output from CIRIA Research Project RP913, which provides an overview of the regulatory
framework and outlines the main issues now faced by the industry.
A brief introduction is given to the principles of flood risk management to
place flood resilience and resistance into a wider context. A range of case
studies describe the lessons identified by infrastructure
owners and operators who have suffered flooding problems in the past.
risk management for CI (critical infrastructure) across the UK is then considered
with respect to flood risk assessment, adopting resilience and resistance
measures and investment prioritisation.
Culvert design and operation guide (C689), 2010
A culvert provides the means of allowing infrastructure to cross a watercourse.
Culverts are superficially simple structures, but they have the potential
to restrict flow (causing flooding), and to adversely affect the aquatic environment.
This guide replaces the Culvert design manual (R168) published by CIRIA in
1997. It adopts a whole-life approach to the design and operation of culverts,
with a focus on asset management, reflecting the significant changes that
have occurred in the business of asset management over the past 10 to 15 years.
The publication also addresses the management of culverts in the context of
both the drainage basin in which they sit, and the infrastructure that they
form part of.
Coastal and marine environmental site guide (C584), 2003
Coastal and marine construction works are commonplace in the UK. There is
a growing requirement and acceptance that construction in water, as well as
on land, has to be carried out at little or no detriment to the environment
and, where possible, to enhance it.
Much published guidance on the effects
on the environment from construction activities already
exists. However, this is usually focused on land-based construction
sites. So, there is an
absence of guidance relating to coastal and marine
presented for use on site and easy to use. This publication
addresses this need by providing
an easy-to-understand site guide with practical and accessible
information for working on coastal and marine construction projects.
Marine sand and gravel in north-west Europe – a fact-finding scopingstudy (PR68), 1999
This book should be of interest to all organisations involved in the marine sand and gravel
industry in north-west Europe.
It reviews the state of information
and practice concerning marine aggregate resource on the north-west European
continental shelf, identifies the principal holdings of information that are
in the public domain and indicates their currency and completeness.
Regional seabed sediment studies and assessment of marine aggregate dredging(C505), 1998
Seabed sediment mobility study – west of the Isle
of Wight (PR65), 1999
Essential reading for anyone needing to understand the forces that shape the
seabed topography and the effect this has on the coastline of the British
Isles. C505 provides a structured approach to studies of regional seabed sediment
mobility, plus guidelines for studies needed to assess the impact on the coastline
of proposed dredging operations. PR65 describes the seabed and coastal geology
west of the Isle of Wight, as well as the waves and tidal processes.
Scoping the assessment of sediment plumes (C547), 2001
This report aims to address how plumes should be assessed, having considered
the likely or possible effects of dredging operations. It also outlines the
necessary components of a structured framework for assessing the environmental
effects arising from dredging plumes. It considers the steps required to inform
the decision-making process and details the data and tools required to inform
the steps. This publication is an important source of information for the
dredging industry, developers, regulators and conservationists concerned with
marine aggregate and capital and maintenance dredging.
Other CIRIA publications
The following CIRIA publications (available form the CIRIA Bookshop) may also be of interest: