Smart Resilience, Technology, Systems and Tools (SMARTeST)

The background to SMARTeST stems from the extent and consequences of recent flood events in Europe and worldwide. These showed that the existing flood defence structures do not guarantee a sufficient protection level for people and properties.

The market has seen the emergence of the flood resilience technology in recent years which involves the adaptation or construction of the buildings themselves, but it also includes the use of flood resilient technology that can be used to protect the building, including barriers, protection walls and flood products. The technology is typically temporary in nature or at most semi-permanent and it is mobilised typically when there is a flood warning or heavy rainfall is forecast. Such technology requires human intervention that may involve a householder or in more sophisticated flood technology the use of a specialised team from a local authority.

The SMARTeST project seeks to build on the drive for Flood Resilient technology.  The development of smart products that work within in system of flood resilience and can be modelled and implemented within the national regulations and policy is the basis of the project.

Funded by: 
EU Seventh Framework programme on Technologies for improved safety of the built environment in relation to flood events ENV.2009.
Principal coordinator: 
Building Research Establishment (BRE)
Lead contact: 
Project timeframe: 
January 2010 - December 2012
School of Environment and Development