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Flood protection
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Flood prevention and aftercare with sustainable, safe solutions made of geosynthetics

With geosynthetic building materials and flood protection systems, you can improve the technical flood protection in vulnerable areas in the long term. Geotextile solutions can also contribute to fast and efficient reconstruction after a flood event.

Flood protection with geosynthetics and systems - your advantages
Helm und Zahnrrad als Zeichen des technischen Schutzes gegen Hochwassergefahr
Technical protection
Long-term safe flood infrastructure with geosynthetic solutions.
Bagger als Zeichen von Wiederaufbaumaßnahmen nach einem Hochwassereignis
Efficient reconstruction
Products and systems for fast and safe reconstruction.
Nachhaltigkeit durch klimafreundliche Geokunststoffe
Safe and CO2-friendly solutions.
Schneller Wiederaufbau durch Geokunststoffe nach einer Hochwasserkatastrophe
Faster construction and reconstruction compared to conventional construction methods.
Hochwasserschutz durch multifunktional anwendbare Geokunststoffe
Reinforcement, drainage, erosion control, waterproofing, stabilisation, pollutant filtration, etc.
Hochwasserschutz durch eine sichere Anwendung von Geokunststoffen
Consultation and planning of your flood protection measures by our engineers
and experts.

Application examples of geosynthetic flood protection actions

Technical flood protection with geotextiles

Long-term safe structures with geobuilding materials and geosystems

With our geosynthetic building materials, you can construct safe levees and dykes for reliable flood protection in the long term. Erosion-protected and securely sealed channels, spillways and stormwater retention basins can also be realised quickly and efficiently with geosynthetics. In this way, structures with geosynthetics offer the best possible protection even during heavy rainfall events.

For an individual system configuration, we have concrete mats, erosion protection and reinforcement solutions, geotextile container solutions, drainage hoses, bentonite mats and other geotextile product solutions in our portfolio. Protect your region in the best possible way with innovative products and top engineering performance, even in the event of a disaster.

Optionen zum technischen Hochwasserschutz durch die Hilfe Geo-Baustoffen und Geo-Systemen
Deich mit erosionssicherem Kern aus geotextilen Containern und gegen Erosion gesicherten Böschungen mit Schüttsteindeckwerk und Erosionsschutzmatte
Damm mit überströmbarer Dammscharte, gesichert mit kohärentem DeckwerkDeichbauwerk mit eingebauter Bentonitmattenabdichtung und AuftstandsflächenbewehrungEinbau von Incomat Flex zur Erosionssicherung und nachhaltigen Abdichtung eines Deiches in Samara Mit Incomat Crib abgedichter und überwachsener Deich an der Uferseite eines Flusses
Levees and dikes
Reliable flood protection

Increased safety

The use of certified and tested geosynthetics can substantially reduce the risk of failure in the event of flooding and sustainably extend the service life of a structure. The filter-stable packaging of a dike core with geosynthetics almost completely eliminates, among other things, the failure of the dike body due to internal erosion processes. With the help of an adequate geotextile filter, the costly and error-prone installation of mineral filter layers, especially under water, becomes unnecessary.

Economical and safe waterproofing

Due to industrial production, geosynthetic clay liners enable the rapid installation
of sustainable waterproofing compared to natural waterproofing materials. Subsequent sealing of a dam or dike is also possible with minimal intervention in the structure. Transport is much more cost-effective due to the lower construction height of approx. 1 cm in the unswollen state compared to the usually 50 cm thick clay seal. In this way, additional CO2 can be saved.

Exemplary dyke structures with our geotextile materials

  • Dike with erosion-proof core made of geotextile containers
  • Embankment with overflowing embankment opening, secured with continuous concrete mat revetment
  • Dike with contact area reinforcement and bentonite mat sealing

Geotextiles in flood protection: levees and dikes

Footprint reinforcement
  • Stability in soft soils
  • Settlement uniformity
  • Simultaneous filter and separation effect
Deich mit Aufstandsflächenbewehrung zur Standsicherheit bei weichen Böden
Building core
  • Erosion protection through the use of geotextile packing elements
  • Elimination of potential failure mechanisms in the structure
  • Economical thanks to the use of locally available building materials
Deich mit erosionssicherem Kern aus geotextilen Containern
  • Quick and efficient installation of the clay waterproofing membrane
  • Reduced layer thickness compared to equivalent mineral sealing
  • Subsequent installation without major intervention in the cross-section
Deich mit Bentonitmattenabdichtung zur Erosionssicherung
Filter and separating layer
  • Easy installation of the filter
  • Constant filter layer thickness
  • Reduced revetment height
Deich mit eingebauter Filter- und Trennanlage
Top layer
  • Concrete mats and reinforcement grids with erosion protection function
  • Application also for overflow sections
  • Construction of highly loadable whole revetments
  • Subsequent installation without major intervention in the cross-section
Mit Betonmatten und Bewehrungsgittern abgedichteter und mit kohärentem Deckwerk verkleiderter Deich
Mit geosynthetischen Betonmatten abgedichtete Hochwasserentlastungsrinne zur Erosionssicherung und einfacheren Sanierung des Kanals
Eingebaute Incomat Betonmatten zur Abdichtung  und zur Sanierung von Hochwasserentlastungsgerinnen und KanälenMit Betonmatten und Schüttsteindeckwerk abgedichteter Gewässerkanal beim Kraftwerk RitzersdorfRegenrückehaltebecken mit Betonmattenabdeckung an den Uferseiten zur ErosionssicherungAbdeckung des Gewässerkanals durch den Einbau von Betonmatten und anschließender Sandfüllung mithilfe eines BaggersAn den Uferseiten mit Betonmatten abgedichteter Gewässerkanal in Dryden
Flood relief channels and canals
Sealing and erosion protection for disaster situations

Sealing during damming

Especially when rehabilitating permanently water-bearing spillways, the drainage required to install the seal and the associated failure in the event of a flood pose a potential risk. Geosynthetic concrete mats offer the solution: a seal without complete or partial drainage of the channel. The concrete seal also provides permanent erosion protection.


Sealing in dry condition

HUESKER's product portfolio also includes innovative solutions for the dry sealing of spillways and canals. Among other things, geosynthetic clay liners are used here.

Advantages of structural elements made of geosynthetics for spillways and channels

Filter and separation layer
  • Constant filter and protective layer
  • High robustness
  • Reduced revetment height
Hochwasserentlastungsgerinne mit eingebauter Filter- und Trennanlage
  • Constant concrete thickness on steep slopes and under water
  • Installation possible during operation
  • Simultaneous erosion control function
Auf den Böschungen und unter Wasser mit Betonmatten abgedichtete Hochwasserentlastungsgerinne
Erosion protection
  • Individual system structures according to local conditions
  • Installation during operation possible
  • Erosion protection possible in combination with sealing
Individueller Systemaufbau der Hochwasserentlastungsgerinnen und Kanälen zur Erosionsschutzsicherung
Hochwasser- und Regenrückhaltebecken mit Betonmattenabdichtung und angebauten Entwässerungsschläuchen
Abgedichtetes und mit Wasser gefülltes RegenrückhaltebeckenEinbau von Betonmatten zur Abdichtung und Erosionssicherung des RegenrückhaltebeckensMit Betonmatten und Schüttsteindeckwerk abgedichtetes und mit Wasser gefülltes RegenrückhaltebeckenNahaufnahme des Einbaus von Betonmatten zur Abdichtung und Erosionssicherung des Regenrückhaltebeckens
Stormwater storage
Efficient water retention during local heavy rainfall events

Sustainable retention effect

During short-term heavy rainfall events, stormwater retention basins are flooded to relieve the stormwater sewer system. The accumulated water volumes can then be discharged from the temporary storage into the receiving watercourse in a controlled and slowed manner. Since the surface water can be contaminated with pollutants, the basin must be sealed to protect the groundwater. Sealing is also required if local infiltration is not possible or desirable. Rainwater retention basins can sustainably reduce the devastating effects of local heavy rainfall events.


Storage space clearnce

Sludge dewatering hoses can be used to maintain the reservoir volume of the stormwater retention basin. They allow sludge to be dewatered economically and quickly. The large-format hoses offer a high process capacity with simultaneous high dewatering performance in a comparatively small space. This enables rapid construction progress or quick restoration of the required reservoir volume.

Advantages of construction elements made of geotextiles for stormwater storages

  • Use of geosynthetic concrete mattress systems
  • Constant concrete thickness on steep slopes and under water
  • Installation possible during operation
  • Simultaneous erosion control function
  • Protection against contaminated water seepage
  • Stable base for the stormwater storage
Durch ein geosynthetisches Betonmattensystem abgedichtetes Regenrückhaltebecken
Dewatering tubes
  • Absorption of very large volumes per hour
  • Complete drainage within a very short time
  • Encapsulation prevents rewetting
  • Low resource input (energy, capital, staff)
  • Processing without intermediate storage
  • Low space requirement thanks to stackability
Entwässerungsschlauch zur schnelleren Entwässerung des Regenrückhaltebeckens bei Hochwasser

Reconstruction after a flood event

Geosynthetics and geo-systems for fast and safe reconstruction

With our geosynthetic construction materials, you can set up construction roads, secure embankments, erect supporting structures and bridge abutments quickly and safely over the long term. Highly loadable working platforms on low-bearing soils as well as temporary and permanent dumps for contaminated sludge, rubble, waste, etc. can also be realised without complications. Products such as concrete mats, erosion control and reinforcement solutions, contaminant surface filters, bentonite mats and much more are available for safe reconstruction after flood situations.

With our HUESKER product solutions, engineering services and flood protection systems, we offer you a wide range of solutions to rebuild your region quickly and safely after a disaster.

Wiederaufbaukonzepte nach einem Hochwasserereignis durch Geobaustoffe und Geosysteme
Brückenwiderlager aus geogitterbewehrten Erdkonstruktionen zum schnellen Wiederaufbau von Brücken
Dammbau für Bahnstrecken aus bewehrten Erdkörpern mit Geogittern als effiziente und sichere BaualternativeDammbau aus geogitterbewehrten Erdkonstruktionen für ein Sanierungsprojekt in AqabaDammbaukontrukt als Wiederaufbaumaßnahme an einer ehemals erodierten Uferböschung
Geogrid-reinforced earth structures
Fast and resource-efficient reconstruction

The construction of steep slopes and retaining structures is a typical and often unexpectedly challenging task in earthworks and foundation engineering. With our geogrid-reinforced systems, we offer you innovative and economical solutions for engineering structures. Due to flexible design options, high stability and fast construction, these can convince with many advantages compared to conventional construction methods. Settlement-resistant systems, even with oversteepened slopes, are possible with HUESKER in a simple, efficient and ecologically sustainable way.

Especially in the reconstruction of infrastructure in flood-damaged regions, plastic-reinforced earth structures impress with their efficiency, resource-saving sustainability and speed of construction progress. Plastic-reinforced earth structures are used in reconstruction in the form of bridge abutments and dam constructions for e.g. railway lines, reconstruction of eroded embankments and much more.


  • Space-saving, fast and cost-effective construction method

  • Maximum interaction between soil and interaction flexible geogrids

  • Space and material saving due to small footprint

  • Ecological due to use of overburden/soil material available on site

  • Project-specific coordinated system components

  • Construction heights of up to 60 m possible

Construction roads and working platforms
Access roads for the development of disaster areas

Wherever insufficiently stable soils have to be driven over permanently or temporarily, measures for soil stabilisation are necessary. Alternating high loads on soils of varying softness place different demands on base layers. Geosynthetics have proven their worth in base course stabilisation because, in addition to maximum resistance to mechanical stress, they offer decisive advantages, especially in economic and ecological terms. Geosynthetics are particularly well suited for the development of disaster areas or destroyed road infrastructure. Due to reduced mass transports and reduced base course thickness, the reconstruction of the road network is accelerated in the long term.

Advantages of temporary roads

  • Increased load bearing capacity
  • Bridges ground inconsistencies
  • Significantly reduces ruts
  • Can even be used on extremely soft ground

Advantages of working platforms

  • Enables large loads to be placed even on difficult surfaces
  • Volume of any soil replacement is reduced or eliminated altogether
  • Fast and simple construction
Kran auf einer temporären Arbeitsplattform aus Geweben und Kompositen zur Stabiliserung des weichen Untergrundes am angrenzenden Flussbett
LKW auf einer Baustraße aus Geweben und Kompositen als stabile Straßenalternative zum weichen Untergrund des angrenzenden FlussbettesBaustraße aus Geokunststoffen zur Tragschichtstabilisierung des Straßennetzwerkes in JacksonvilleEinbau von Geokunststoffen in den Unterbau des Gleisbettes zur Verstärkung der TragschichtstabilisierungEinbau von Geokunststoffen zur Straßenbau zur BodenstabilisierungAbdeckung der eingebauten Geokunststoffe mit SchüttsteindeckwerkEinbau von Geokunststoffen und Schüttsteindeckwerk zur Tragschichtbewehrung und Bodenstabilisierung des Straßennetzwerkes
Ein Radlader lädt Hochwasserschutt in ein Deponieabdichtungssystem zur temporären bzw. langfristigen Verbringung der Abfälle
Ein Radlader lädt kontaminierten Schlamm in ein Deponieabdichtungssystem zur temporären bzw. langfristigen Verbringung der AbfälleMithilfe eines Krans und speziellen Geokunststoffen wird eine alte Deponie abgedichtetVogelperspektive auf die Errichtung zweier Deponien, die durch den Einbau von Geokunststoffsystemen abgedichtet werdenMithilfe von zwei Radladern und dem Einbau von Geokunststoffen wird eine Deponiekörper errichtetEinbau von Geokunststoffsystemen zur Erweiterung und Zwischenabdichtung der Deponie zum Schutz gegen Flüssigkeitseintritt in den AltdeponiekörperMithilfe eines Krans werden die Geokunststoffe von den Rollen abgerollt und zur Abdeckung des Deponiekörpers eingebaut
Temporary and permanent landfills
Prompt creation of required landfill volume for flood debris and sludge

Extraordinary amounts of waste and contaminated sludge accumulate in the course of floods or heavy rainfall events. The temporary or long-term transfer of these "wastes" requires landfill sealing systems that are quick to erect and permanent, which can be easily constructed with our solutions. In order to securely seal and stabilise the landfill body permanently, we offer you the right systems for every construction phase:

Systems for bottom lining system

  • Reliable protection of soil and groundwater
  • Protection against contaminated leachate
  • Stable base for the landfill body

Systems for intermediate sealing

  • Ascending extension of landfill bodies
  • Protection against liquid ingress into the old landfill body
  • Secure base for additional waste volumes

Systems for cover lining

  • Barrier against water ingress and gas emissions
  • Sealing in accordance with relevant standards and regulations
  • Stable basis for surface renaturation

    Flood protection for prevention and aftercare: solutions at a glance

    Incomat concrete mattresses
    • Erosion protection
    • Sealing
    SoilTain Tubes
    • Erosion protection
    • Packaging
    Tektoseal Clay
    • Sealing
    • Erosion protection
    Tektoseal Sand
    • Filter, Separate, Protect
    • Erosion protection
    HaTe Nonwoven
    • Filter, Separate
    • Protect
    • Reinforce
    • Protect
    Fortrac 3D
    • Erosion protection
    • Reinforce
    • Reinforce
    • Separate, Filter
    SoilTain Dewatering
    • Packaging
    • Filter

    Jack Christmas

    Your contact person

    As Hydraulic Product Manager for HUESKER North America, Jack Christmas leads in the execution of design, product development, and sales strategies throughout various waterborne applications. He has extensive experience in designing solutions utilizing geosynthetics for Berth & Scour, Sludge Dewatering, Coastal Protection, and Buoyancy and Uplift Protection in Pipelines. Jack received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University and currently has extensive experience providing product recommendations throughout North America.