Flood safety in The Netherlands is regulated by law. The
Dutch Water Act (2017) provides flood safety standards for all primary flood
defences. These standards are based on three risk measures: personal risk,
group risk and economic risk. A determining parameter in each of these risk
measures is the evacuation fraction: an estimate of the fraction of the
population that will have been evacuated before exposure in case of flooding.
The evacuation fractions used in the flood risk calculations upon which the
Dutch flood safety standards are based, have been determined for different
types of flood prone areas in the Netherlands (Evacuatieschattingen Nederland,
HKV, 2012). These vary by the type and source of flooding
of the way these estimates are applied is that a single evacuation fraction is
assumed representative for very large areas, prone to many different flood
scenarios. This often results in rather conservative estimates. There are
areas where the arrival time of a specific flood scenario is more than 5 days
after the start of flooding, while an evacuation fraction of only 56% is used.
The evacuation fraction has a direct relation with the personal risk (10 times
higher fraction results in 10 times lower risk) and as flood casualties are
monetized and included in the estimate of the economic risk, the evacuation
fraction also influences this risk measure. This shows the importance of
evacuation in risk quantification and consequentially also the required flood
safety standards for different areas. Therefore, the development of well
substantiated and realistic evacuation fractions is an important measure to
quantify and mitigate flood risks in flood prone areas.
do as a Graduate Intern
of this assignment is to determine the Impact of
evacuation on flood risk and flood safety standards in The Netherlands. As graduate
intern you aim to derive realistic evacuation scenarios for a selection of
flood scenarios in The Netherlands. This should clarify:
- The impact of alternative (substantiated) evacuation fractions on the Dutch flood safety standards
- Whether improved evacuation strategies can function as effective measure to reduce flood risks (for instance as targeted alternative measure to flood defence improvement)
Where you will work
Royal HaskoningDHV is a worldwide independent
engineering, project management and consultancy firm which integrates 140 years
of engineering expertise with digital technologies and software solutions. Our
6,000 colleagues are working from offices in more than 25 countries across the
world. Through our mission Enhancing Society Together, we take responsibility
for having a positive impact on the world. As our new [job title] you will become part of the team [enter team].
You will become
part of the Advisory Group Resilience & Maritime the Netherlands. This
team consists of around 180 colleagues and is based in the Netherlands across
three offices (Rotterdam, Amersfoort and Nijmegen). As a team we excel in a
wide variety of services and skills in the fields of Climate Resilience and
We provide our clients, both
private and (semi)governmental, with a range of services throughout the
various phases of a project: from inception, through master planning,
feasibility, design all the way to construction supervision. We have a strong
foothold in The Netherlands but we operate worldwide.
What you bring
You are a MSc student Civil Engineering, and you are fluent in Dutch. Besides that, you:
- Work on the assignment preferably full time
- Have experience with ArcGIS software
- Are interested in flood risk in The Netherlands
What we offer you
During your internship at Royal HaskoningDHV you will
learn what it is like to work in a consultancy firm and more specific the kind
of projects implemented by the advisory group Resilience & Maritime. You
will be fully part of the team and as such you are invited to participate in
all team activities both project
related and social activities.
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