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Flood protection
with geosynthetics

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Jack Christmas
Geo-Applications Engineer - Hydraulics
3701 Arco Corporate Drive
NC 28273 Charlotte

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
Helmet and cogwheel as a sign of technical protection against flood danger
Technical protection
Long-term safe flood infrastructure with geosynthetic solutions.
Excavator as a sign of reconstruction work after a flood event
Efficient reconstruction
Products and systems for fast and safe reconstruction.
Sustainability through climate-friendly geosynthetics
Safe and CO2-friendly solutions.
Rapid reconstruction using geosynthetics after a flood disaster
Faster construction and reconstruction compared to conventional construction methods.
Flood protection through multifunctional geosynthetics
Reinforcement, drainage, erosion control, waterproofing, stabilisation, pollutant filtration, etc.
Flood protection through safe application of geosynthetics
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.

Options for technical flood protection through the help of geo-building materials and geo-systems.
Info map about dam with overflowing dam embankment
Info map about dam with erosion resistant core
Flood Relief Channel Info Map
Info map for dike with footprint reinforcement
Rainwater Retention Basin Info Map
Info map about dam with overflowing dam embankment
Info map about dam with erosion resistant core
Flood Relief Channel Info Map
Info map for dike with footprint reinforcement
Rainwater Retention Basin Info Map
Embankment with erosion-proof core made of geotextile containers and embankments secured against erosion with rubble revetment and erosion protection mat
Dam with overflowing embankment, secured with coherent revetmentDike structure with installed bentonite mat waterproofing and contact surface reinforcementInstallation of Incomat Flex for erosion control and sustainable sealing of a dike in SamaraDike sealed and overgrown with Incomat Crib on the bank of a river
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
Infographic on geotextiles in flood protection, including dams and dikes.
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
Dike with erosion resistant core made of geotextile containers
  • 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
Dike with bentonite mat sealing for erosion control
Filter and separating layer
  • Easy installation of the filter
  • Constant filter layer thickness
  • Reduced revetment height
Dyke construction with reduced revetment height
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
Dike sealed with concrete mats and reinforcing grids and covered with coherent revetment
Flood relief channel sealed with geosynthetic concrete mats to prevent erosion and simplify channel rehabilitation
Incomat concrete mats installed for waterproofing and rehabilitation of spillways and channelsWater channel sealed with concrete mats and riprap revetment at Ritzersdorf power plantView of a water channel with surrounding vegetation and walkwayWaterproofing and erosion control in the event of floodingWater channel in Dryden sealed on the banks with concrete mats
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
Flood spillway with built-in filter and separation system
  • Constant concrete thickness on steep slopes and under water
  • Installation possible during operation
  • Simultaneous erosion control function
On the embankments and under water flood relief channels sealed with concrete mats.
Erosion protection
  • Individual system structures according to local conditions
  • Installation during operation possible
  • Erosion protection possible in combination with sealing
Customized system design of spillways and channels for erosion control.
Flood and stormwater retention basin with concrete mat liner and attached drainage tubes
Sealed and water-filled stormwater retention basinInstallation of concrete mats for waterproofing and erosion control of the stormwater retention basin.Rainwater retention basin sealed with concrete mats and riprap revetment and filled with waterClose-up of the installation of concrete mats for waterproofing and erosion control of the stormwater retention basin.
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
Stormwater retention basin sealed by a geosynthetic concrete mat system.
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
Drainage hose for faster drainage of the stormwater retention basin during floods

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.

Reconstruction concepts after a flood event using geobuilding materials and geosystems
Bridge Repository Info Map
Temporary Work Platforms Info Card
Info card about dams from earth bodies with geogrids
Construction road info card with fabrics details
Info Map on Temporary and Permanent Landfills
Bridge Repository Info Map
Temporary Work Platforms Info Card
Info card about dams from earth bodies with geogrids
Construction road info card with fabrics details
Info Map on Temporary and Permanent Landfills
Geogrid reinforced earth structures for bridge abutments
Embankment construction for railroad lines from reinforced earth structures with geogrids as an efficient and safe construction alternativeDam with geogrid-reinforced earth structures from Huesker for fast and resource-efficient reconstructionDam structure as a reconstruction measure on a formerly eroded embankment
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
Crane on a temporary working platform made of fabrics and composites to stabilize the soft ground at the adjacent river bed
Truck on a construction road made of fabrics and composites as a stable road alternative to the soft subsoil of the adjacent riverbedConstruction road made of geosynthetics for base course stabilization of road network in JacksonvilleInstallation of geosynthetics in the substructure of the track bed to reinforce the base course stabilization.Installation of geosynthetics for road construction for soil stabilizationCovering of the installed geosynthetics with riprap revetmentInstallation of geosynthetics and fill stone revetment for base course reinforcement and soil stabilization of the road network.
A wheel loader loads flood debris into a landfill liner system for temporary or long-term waste transfer
A wheel loader loads contaminated sludge into a landfill liner system for temporary or long-term waste transferWith the help of a crane and special geosynthetics an old landfill is sealedBird's-eye view of the construction of two landfills sealed by the installation of geosynthetic systemsWith the help of two wheel loaders and the installation of geosynthetics, a landfill body is constructedInstallation of geosynthetic systems for extension and intermediate sealing of the landfill to protect against liquid ingress into the old landfill bodyWith the help of a crane, the geosynthetics are unrolled from the rolls and installed to cover the landfill body
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
    Incomat Standard concrete mat for surface waterproofing and erosion control, suitable for underwater installations and uneven substrates.
    SoilTain Tubes
    • Erosion protection
    • Packaging
    SoilTain Tubes for coastal and bank protection, with scour protection mat and anchor tubes for high positional stability
    Tektoseal Clay
    • Sealing
    • Erosion protection
    Tektoseal Clay bentonite mat for high-performance sealing in landfill construction and groundwater protection
    Tektoseal Sand
    • Filter, Separate, Protect
    • Erosion protection
    Tektoseal Sand Geocomposite for filter installation under difficult conditions, with quartz sand intercalation
    HaTe Nonwoven
    • Filter, Separate
    • Protect
    HaTe nonwovens for separation, protection, filtration and drainage in various geotextile robustness classes
    • Reinforce
    • Protect
    Fortrac geogrids for soil reinforcement, made from high modulus, low creep synthetic raw materials.
    Fortrac 3D
    • Erosion protection
    • Reinforce
    Fortrac 3D geogrid for slope stabilization and soil erosion protection, made of high-tensile polyester
    • Reinforce
    • Separate, Filter
    Stabilenka geogrid, the world's strongest reinforcement fabric with strengths of up to 2,800 kN/m
    SoilTain Dewatering
    • Packaging
    • Filter
    SoilTain dewatering tubes for fast and efficient sludge dewatering with special high-performance filter mesh

    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.