Ticopt

The Tilburg Center for Optimization aims to develop new optimization models and methods and to solve practical optimization problems in industry and governmental institutes.

Dike Height Optimization

Protection against flooding is an important issue in the Netherlands since 60% of this country is below sea level. Each year the Dutch government spends one billion Euro on protection by dikes. The government faces the decision problem of when and how much to invest in dikes such that an optimal balance is established between investment costs and damage costs as a result of floods.
Deltares asked us to mathematically analyze and solve this decision problem in order to revise the safety standards in the Dutch Act on the Water Defences.

Publications:

  • Eijgenraam, C. J. J., Brekelmans, R., den Hertog, D., and Roos, C. (2012). Flood Prevention by Optimal Dike Heightening . Working paper, Tilburg University.
  • Brekelmans, R., den Hertog, D., Roos, C., and Eijgenraam, C. J. J. (2012).
    Safe Dike Heights At Minimal Costs: The Nonhomogeneous Case . Working paper, Tilburg University. To appear in Operations Research.
  • Brekelmans, R., den Hertog, D., and Roos, C. (2009). Computing safe dike heights: A prototype optimization algorithm. CAR report, CentER Applied Research, Tilburg University.
  • Den Hertog, D. and Roos, C. (2009). Computing safe dike heights at minimal costs. CAR report, CentER Applied Research, Tilburg University.

Joint research with: Deltares , Delft University of Technology , CPB (Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) and HKV Lijn in water.