Innovative Solutions

At BAM Infraconsult a continuous research is going on in order to search for innovative solutions for daily emerging questions and problems. All innovations which were recently developed at BAM Infraconsult contribute to the improvement of the living environment. Some examples of these innovations are:


Since 2001, Delta Marine Consultants have been developing and applying an innovative interlocking armour unit designed to protect breakwaters and shores over the long term and in extreme conditions. 

This armour unit, called the Xbloc, is a simple, robust and reliable single layer concrete armour unit without reinforcement. It has considerable structural integrity as an individual element and has great hydraulic stability in the armour layer. The production and placement of the Xbloc is simple and the armour unit is the most economical armour unit in the world.

The Xbloc has been subjected to extensive research consisting of hydraulic model tests and structural tests. BAM Infraconsult has an in-house wave flume which is used to test the designed hydraulic structures before they will be constructed. Xbloc has been applied on shore protections and breakwaters all over the world already for a decade and has proven to perform outstanding.

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The BoxBarrier is a very effective temporary flood defence system, which can be used to temporarily heighten the crest of a dike, or to make a temporary dam on flat terrain. This increased  crest height prevents flooding of the areas behind the dike. The concept of the BoxBarrier is characterised by easiness, because it makes use of its opponent: it retains water with water.

The modular flood defence consists of box elements, which are connected by joint elements. The box elements are covered by lids. The box elements are filled by a pump and then the BoxBarrier is ready for all types of floods!

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