Rice Presents Mid-Bay Gate Strategy

Over the past few years, Rice University experts have been working on a new hurricane-protection options for the Houston-Galveston region.

Past discussions focused on constructing a floodgate at the mouth of either Galveston Bay or the Houston Ship Channel. Rice University has just presented a third alternative: a mid-bay gate halfway between the previously discussed sites.

In a new report, Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center describes how the mid-bay alternative could provide storm-surge protection for the heavily populated communities on the west side of Galveston Bay as well as for the industrial complex along the Houston Ship Channel.

The report also details how the mid-bay gate could be part of a comprehensive regional flood-reduction plan if it were combined with components of the “Ike Dike” like new levees, dikes and elevated roadways.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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