The Thames Barrier

The single most successful engineering feat which prevented Greater London and centre of global finance and trading houses from being submerge whenever the English Channel tide is unusually high is the Thames Barrier.

The mechanical wonder of 520 metres barrier spanning across the Thames, constructed between 1974-82 at the cost of then GBP 532 million at a site on the Thames estuary 10 miles east of the Westminister Palace.

The Thames Barrier

It was the solution many drainage and irrigation and civil works engineers wanted to develop for the ever so often re-occuring problem. In fact, the idea came about in the 50s.

After the 1953 North Sea flood in the United Kingdom recorded 307 deaths, the idea was given more prominence and serious attention. The fact that British environmental engineers and scientists recorded that in 100 years, the water level rose by 20 cm, they anticipated that the flooding on the Thames would just be worse if a more drastic strategic solution is not put in place.

In the age where global warming is growingly problematic as the water level and earth temperature are rising, this is probably the most suitable strategic solution for a more comprehensive flood mitigation program.

Published in: on December 13, 2013 at 01:30  Comments (3)  

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  1. Big Dog,

    It would be wonderful if we have somethng similar in Malaysia which can prevent flooding to the poor sods on the East Coast of Semananjung.

    The very prospect of such a massive project will have some parties salivating at the prospect of how much money can be skimmed off.

    Malaysians will simply end up with another Serdang Hospital which cost us a mint, but the roof keeps caving in or in this case, the gates will be stuck on open.

    Unless and until you can prevent the corruption which is bound to occur, there is no point talking about it or you will be accused of encouraging those corrupt bastards who are robbing you and me blind.

    • Yes, those salivating will include Khalid Ibrahim who, after wanking huge salary increases for him and cronies from the mint he proudly proclaimed he saved, would want another kind of wanking Selangor state funds.

      After all Khalid has a pretty good idea about the wanking business. He and goons did it on the Talamgate fiasco.

      And Dear Leader Lim would also salivate in the prospect of another huge project. He’d say no fun just wanking sales commission from selling State land at Bayan Mutiara, Taman Manggis, etc.

      The kickbacks, profit share and proxy arrangement technique has been perfected after the RM1 billion sPICE Project and the RM6 bill Undersea Tunnel Project. Must roll up sleeves now with this suggestion of more huge projects that DAP can propose soon after RoS stops the “harassment” of ordering DAP CEC not to make decisions until the CEC Re-election issue is resolved.

      • IKWYA,

        How in {insert your favourite deity}’s name would Pakatan politicians get a share in a BN-controlled project in a BN-controlled state?

        Here I am, trying to contribute to Big Dog’s suggestion that we should think of our fellow Malaysians in Pahang, Johor, Terengganu, Kelantan and there you are dredging up some party political matter on DAP and PKR.

        I don’t really care who is being corrupt, UMNO, DAP, PKR, or whoever. You may or may not have noticed I did not mention politics in my original post.

        If the Malaysian “Thames Project” run the risk of having substandard work done, we should say something – no matter who we support, UMNO, DAP or PKR or whatever.

        I only care that Malaysians in the aforementioned states do not face floods.

        What next from you? A suggestion that only houses supporting UMNO should have flood protection?

        BTW, if you do know who I am, why don’t you tell me? 🙂 I am pretty sure you are wrong but I will be fair to you by telling you if you are right 🙂 Go on, have a shot.

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