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Relevant publications

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 alone.

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 1996.


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 management.

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.

Flood 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 construction activities 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:

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