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Geodesign Barriers. Innovative Flood Protection Solutions.

Welcome to Geodesign Barriers, where Swedish engineering meets innovative design to create the strongest and most flexible mobile flood barrier on the market. With 25 years of global success, we pride ourselves on using high-quality steel to defend against the toughest floods.

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Protect Your Property from Devastating Floods with Geodesign Barriers' Innovative Mobile Flood Barriers

Geodesign Barriers, a world-leading provider of mobile flood barriers, offers a reliable and versatile solution to protect against even the most severe floods. Our barriers are built using top-quality, high-strength steel and feature state-of-the-art Swedish engineering. With over 25 years of global success, Geodesign Barriers has been recognized for our innovation and excellence in flood protection, having received the prestigious "Genève Grand Prix for Best Innovation of the Year" award and certifications from both FM Approval and BSI Kitemark. Trust in Geodesign Barriers to provide protection from devastating floods.

  • 25+ years expereince
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  • Trusted by large corporations

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Discover the Geodesign Flood Barriers Series

Introducing the Geodesign Flood Barriers series - an extensive range of flood protection barriers specifically designed to address various flooding scenarios. Our three product ranges are based on the same engineering principle but vary in dam heights and technical design, providing you with the flexibility you require to protect your property from floods. It is imperative to note that none of our products require any tools for installation, making them extremely easy to deploy even in high-pressure situations.

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Product Applications for Flood Protection and Cofferdams

Geodesign flood barriers are versatile solutions designed to hold back water in challenging conditions. With their strong steel structure and innovative design, they are ideal for large-scale flood protection and cofferdam applications.

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”The defences we have chosen are the most versatile on the market, which is precisely what we need in Osney, and they have already been proven successful in other parts of the country.”

- Rob Alexander, Flodd Risk Manager @ Environment Agency, UK

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"We are very happy with the levee. The only reason there isn’t floodwater throughout the city is the levee stoppning the water. We are very very relieved.”

- George Seymore, Mayor of Fraser Coast, AUS

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Join us in making a meaningful impact on the world.

We are seeking technical experts and sales professionals who are looking for an exciting new opportunity. Whether you are an individual or represent a company, we are interested in collaborating with those who share our vision and are passionate about our products.

With the demand for flood protection solutions continuing to rise, we are committed to expanding our reach and introducing our products to new regions. Our business model is designed to offer flexibility, with three distinct types of collaborations available. Whether you are interested in becoming a distributor, licensee, or strategic partner, we are excited to explore how we can work together to drive meaningful change and create a better, more resilient future for all.

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As Agent

Represent Geodesign Barriers as a self-employed entrepreneur and promote our flood barriers, as well as our brand. You will earn commission based on sales, which are handled by Geodesign and the end customer.

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As Distributor

If you are an established company working in a relevant field, you can add Geodesign Barriers to your portfolio of solutions offered to your clients. As a distributor, you are not expected to represent Geodesign as a company or brand, but you should promote our products in accordance with our contract. Sales are handled by the distributor and the end customer.

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Do you work in a relevant field and know of opportunities where the Geodesign Flood Barrier System could be used? If so, we offer referral fees to people who can provide information and relevant contacts that lead to actual sales. Please contact us for more information.

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Trusted by Top Companies and Authorities Worldwide - Our Distinguished Clientele

With over 25 years of experience, we have built a reputation as a trusted provider of flood barriers to some of the world's largest companies and authorities. Our clientele includes global corporations such as ExxonMobil and Duke Energy in the USA, and leading UK organizations such as the Environment Agency, National Grid, SSE, UK Power Networks, and Northern Powergrid. We are proud to serve clients worldwide and look forward to continuing to provide exceptional flood protection to our valued partners.

What do you want to know about Geodesign Barriers?

Is There Any Risk of Damage, Theft, or Vandalism?

Geodesign Flood Barriers are designed with durability in mind. Their underlying structure is made of high-strength steel, which significantly reduces the risk of damage from floating debris and makes them less susceptible to vandalism. Sharp objects such as knives or any floating debris are unlikely to cause severe damage that would compromise the barriers' functionality.

However, despite their robustness, we still recommend that the flood barrier setup be monitored throughout the duration of the flood. This is important not only to stay alert and ensure a successful flood fighting operation but also to minimize the potential risk of vandalism. The level of surveillance may vary based on the location and circumstances, but generally, it’s advisable to have someone responsible for inspecting the barrier regularly. This person should ensure that any necessary repair work is carried out promptly and effectively, maintaining the barrier's integrity throughout its deployment.

In summary, while Geodesign Flood Barriers are built to withstand harsh conditions and resist damage, ongoing vigilance and maintenance are still crucial for optimal performance and security.

How Much Water Pressure Can the Flood Barrier Resist?

Geodesign Flood Barriers are engineered to be highly stable and withstand significant water pressure. They maintain stability all the way to the top, offering maximum protection at their designated water depth. These barriers are designed to be stable at 100% full static load, and they also incorporate a structural factor of safety that accounts for added dynamic loads caused by lateral currents and waves.

The barriers have undergone rigorous testing and are certified according to Kitemark BS 851188-2 standards. They have been proven to resist a Designated Maximum Water Depth (DMWD) of 1.00 meter. This certification ensures that they meet stringent safety and performance criteria.

Additionally, the barriers are FM approved, meaning they comply with the high standards set by FM Global, a leading property insurance and risk management organization. This approval signifies that the barriers are reliable, effective, and capable of withstanding the pressures and challenges posed by flood conditions.

In summary, Geodesign Flood Barriers are robustly designed and thoroughly tested to resist high water pressure, ensuring effective flood protection in demanding scenarios.

What Underlay Can the Flood Barriers Be Placed On?

The Geodesign Barrier system is designed to be versatile and adaptable, capable of being deployed effectively on a variety of surfaces that provide sufficient friction. These include tarmac, various sizes of gravel, grass, clay, and even mud.

Given that both urban and rural environments often present challenges like uneven terrain and solid obstacles, the system's flexibility is a significant advantage. It can be used effectively on almost any type of ground surface. The system's ability to build corners and connect to walls allows it to protect almost any building or infrastructure asset, regardless of its location. It also handles shifts in level, such as curbs, steps, or uneven ground, with ease.

In cases where the underlay is smooth concrete, which provides less natural friction, an anchor pin is used to help stabilize the support. This ensures that the barrier remains secure and effective even on less ideal surfaces.

In summary, the Geodesign Barrier system is highly adaptable, making it suitable for a wide range of terrains and surface types, ensuring reliable flood protection in diverse conditions.

What Specific Knowledge is Required to Use the Flood Barriers?

Using Geodesign Flood Barriers effectively doesn't require a specialized professional background. To ensure competent deployment, we recommend that at least two members from the responsible authority undergo proper training in temporary flood protection, in addition to receiving product-specific instruction.

The beauty of the Geodesign Flood Barrier system lies in its simplicity. Our comprehensive instruction manual is designed so that individuals without specialized training can assemble the barrier correctly. The assembly process is manual, eliminating the need for tools or heavy machinery. Additionally, there are no loose parts that require complex mounting onto the steel structure.

In essence, the combination of straightforward instructions and the system's design makes it accessible for users with various levels of experience, ensuring reliable and efficient setup during crucial times.

How Do Geodesign Flood Barriers Work?

Geodesign Barriers are temporary, mobile flood barriers that can be rapidly deployed without tools whenever and wherever needed. Their core structure consists of interconnected A-frames made of extra strong, galvanized steel with aluminum panels, enabling them to withstand extremely tough conditions. The angled frames utilize the downward water pressure to self-anchor the barrier, and the design also relies on ground friction, typically eliminating the need for additional fixings. Once the Geodesign plastic membrane is in place, any leakage behind the barrier is pumped back, and it's essential to block any drains, manholes, or cavities to prevent surcharging.

These barriers serve two primary functions:
1. Flood Containment: They can surround communities and infrastructure to hold back floodwaters.
2. Flood Diversion: They can divert water away from vulnerable areas, redirecting it to fields or similar areas.

Usage Scenarios:

  • Pre-Flood Deployment: Often set up in advance when flood risk is imminent, then removed once the risk subsides.
  • Dedicated Sites: Used repeatedly in the same location, with nearby storage for quick assembly.
  • Flood Emergency Toolkit: Incorporated into broader flood management plans, these barriers can be sent to various sites as needed. They are stored in stackable metal crates for easy forklifting and transport.

Post-Flood Deployment:

  • Critical Infrastructure Recovery: Deployable even after flooding has occurred, they can expedite recovery in flooded areas, including critical infrastructure and residential zones.

Adaptability and Versatility:

  • Geodesign barriers are highly adaptable, suitable for both urban and rural settings, and can navigate angles, undulations, and obstacles like kerbs, steps, lamp posts, and slopes.
  • In addition to flood management, they can be configured as basins or pools for temporary containment of water, oil spillage, or similar.

In essence, Geodesign flood barriers are versatile, robust, and an integral component of effective flood management and emergency response strategies.

Are Flood Barriers Expensive?

Evaluating the cost of flood barriers involves considering their life cost rather than just the initial expense. This cost must be weighed against the potential damage and expenses of even a single flooding event. Flooding not only causes immense human suffering and mental health impacts, but also leads to significant economic costs. These include the displacement of residents, often for extended periods, the drying and repair of flooded properties, disposal of damaged goods, and heightened costs for crucial infrastructure like electric substations, hospitals, and airports.

By preventing these costs even once, a flood barrier can prove its worth many times over. Thus, when assessing a flood barrier’s price, this broader cost-benefit comparison is essential.

Additionally, it’s important to consider the lifespan and durability of the barrier. A worthwhile investment would be in a barrier that is robust, reusable for many years, and made of corrosion-resistant materials. Opting for a barrier with the potential for extension to accommodate future higher water levels can also be prudent.

Lastly, ensuring proper deployment training from the barrier manufacturer maximizes the barrier's effectiveness and minimizes deployment errors. This training is a crucial part of making the most out of your investment.

In summary, while flood barriers might seem expensive upfront, their ability to prevent far greater costs and damages in the event of flooding makes them a valuable and cost-effective investment in the long run.

How Do Temporary Flood Barriers Work?

Temporary flood barriers are engineered to create an effective defense against floodwaters. For optimal effectiveness, they must be deployed following the manufacturers' guidelines. These barriers generally consist of a durable metal frame covered by an impermeable plastic membrane, blocking the water flow. The weight of the water itself helps to anchor the barrier, with additional stability provided by friction against the ground.

In addition to the barrier, pumps are employed to manage water levels, and any ground inlets or drains are sealed to prevent leakage. The plastic membrane is extended towards the water to slow underground water movement. While the permeability of the ground can affect dryness behind the barrier, these systems are designed to withstand significant water pressure and control water flow, thereby mitigating flood impact. Temporary flood barriers are a strategic blend of robust construction and effective water management, aimed at controlling and minimizing flood damage.