Dutch abandon tried-and-true solution in favor of ‘big data’

IBM collaborating on project called Digital Delta

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Apparently no longer content to rely on the proven quick thinking, digital dexterity and dogged determination of the nation's youth, Dutch officials are abandoning a 150-year-old flood-control methodology in favor of one fashioned upon technology's flavor of the month: big data.

From an IDG News Service story on our site, which notes that 55% of the Dutch population lives in flood-prone areas:

A big data project called Digital Delta aims to investigate how to transform flood control and the management of the entire Dutch water system and save up to 15 percent of the annual Dutch water management budget.

IBM will collaborate with Rijkswaterstaat, the part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment that is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the waterways and water systems in the Netherlands. The project also involves the University of Delft, local water authority Delfland and the Deltares Science Institute, the organizations said in a joint news release Tuesday.

Noted Dutch flood-control expert Hans Brinker was unavailable for comment.

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