The ‘Economically Efficient Flood Standards to Protect the Netherlands against Flooding’ project, which calculated the optimal design for dikes throughout the country, has won the prestigious Franz Edelman Award.

Deltares EdelmanThe project enlisted a consortium of Dutch organisations, who developed and implemented a new method for calculating the most efficient levels of flood protection. Although built specifically for The Netherlands, the work that was conducted using AIMMS technologies can be applied throughout the world to determine optimal dike design for flood protection.

Deltares was involved on the analysis side of the project and drafted the final report ‘Social cost/benefit analysis for the 21st century’, which was published in 2011. The theory, the mathematical model and the software were developed in conjunction with, and in accordance with instructions from, Deltares by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, the country’s Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Tilburg University, Delft University of Technology and HKV consultants.

The Franz Edelman Award is granted annually by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS®), an international scientific society with a membership that includes Nobel prize laureates. INFORMS organises the award to attest to the contribution of Operations Research, which uses advanced analytical methods to improve or optimise organisational processes. Award-winning projects have had, and continue to have, major impacts on society, industry or the corporate sector.

To watch the Dutch Delta team accept the 2013 Edelman award, click on the video below.