Client: Rijkswaterstaat, Project Office Noordwaard
Location: Noordwaard, Biesbosch, the Netherlands
Last updated: December 2009
At the town hall in Werkendam a kiosk is installed where visitors can operate the Virtual Scale Model themselves.
For more information, visit the Rijkswaterstaat Ruimte voor de Rivier website.
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The Noordwaard is one of the 39 measures resulting from the desire to protect the Netherlands in the future against an increase in river discharge and surge, without primarily raising dikes. The Noordwaard in its present form is a polder where people live and work. This relates in particular to agricultural use.
"The choice for the Virtual Scale Model was made primarily to offer the residents and farmers a good perspective. It was difficult to express this in words", says Erik-Jan Houwing of the Noordwaard Office. "Everyone knows what actions must be completed to place the polder outside the dikes. It is unclear however what flowing water in the Noordpolder will look like."
"The Virtual Scale Model provides a clear picture which communicates what is normally only expressed in words." With the Virtual Scale Model a clear picture of what the new situation will look like can be obtained. "It allows stakeholders to express what suits and what doens't suit the new situation from their feelings."
According to Houwing, 3D capacity understands what a client wants to do with a Virtual Scale Model. "3D capacity makes a clear proposal and is often checking whether expectations are still being met. The cooperation is based on complete trust and eventually leads to a product that can do more than what was originally intended."