World's most reliable flood barrier

Self Closing Flood Barrier SCFB is not only the most reliable but also the most economical flood barrier in the long-term. This is because of the low maintenance and operational cost.

About the Self Closing Flood Barrier systems

The Self Closing Flood Barrier SCFB, an unique effective flood defense system to protect people and property from inland waterway floods caused by heavy rainfall, gales or rapid melting snow. This system has been developed in the Netherlands to provide optimal protection against extreme high water levels. The barrier systems have proved to be the best flood protection and has already been built and installed in several countries around the globe. In operational use globally since 1998, the SCFB is acclaimed as the world's most effective flood protection system. Its success can be attributed to the simple, but ingenious concept of using the approaching floodwaters to automatically raise the barrier; effectively using the problem to create the solution. With an unblemished 100% track record the SCFB is a highly favourable preference when specifying optimal and cost effective but passive flood defence.


The most reliable flood barrier

Rapid onset flooding usually causes the greatest damage due to the lack of time to deploy the more traditional type of manually operated floodgates and "demountable" systems, typically stored off site, and requiring human intervention. The SCFB overcomes all the issues associated with these older- generation flood defences, and has the considerable advantage of not requiring any intervention during a flood warning, which would otherwise put lives at risk. The SCFB underwent in excess of 70 tests; these tests included static load, dynamic load, buoyancy force, sand and gravel tests, duration tests (35 days) extreme cold temperature tests, earthquakes tests, and obstruction tests. These tests concluded that the barrier never stayed stuck and rose up in all tests. The SCFB remained watertight in all tests. The system is made of very durable materials designed to last for 50 to 100 years and remains virtually maintenance free of many years.

The most economical flood barrier in the long-term

With a design life of 100 years, and requiring minimal maintenance, the SCFB is not only an extremely effective flood defence system, but it makes a strong economic case too. With zero operational costs the SCFB has none of the high on-going expenditure associated with manually operated systems. When not in use the barrier is protected underground and its seals are sheltered from the elements. The SCFB offers optimal protection against extreme high water levels, and a rigorous on-going R&D programme ensures that the SCFB will remain the first choice for discerning clients seeking cost effective and superior flood defence solutions for decades to come.