BoxBarrier: Flood Defence System

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.

Product specification

Dimensions (lxhxw)

90cm x 60cm x 60cm

Controllable flood height


Installation speed

100m/hour with 3 persons

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!

Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland about BoxBarrier

“ The trial placement was a success. The BoxBarriers were quickly put into position, when you compare this with the conventional sandbags. The advantages of the system are mainly due to the limited time required to construct the temporary barrier, the limited required storage area and the easyness to handle the units (in advantage of safety, health and welfare). ”

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Videos & Tests

View demonstrations and tests of the BoxBarrier flood control system in various situations.

BoxBarrier® - The movie


BoxBarrier® testing in Australia

BoxBarrier® - FloodProof Holland

STOWA -TU Delft - FloodProof Holland

Opening - Expanded FloodProof Holland Polder 

BoxBarrier® Versus Sandbags Demonstration


BoxBarrier® Flood Control System Demonstration

3D Presentation BoxBarrier®


Test at Waterschap Rijnland

Test BoxBarrier® 's-Hertogenbosch


Test report BoxBarrier® at Drempt

Please download the test report of BoxBarrier at Drempt. 


Test Stability BoxBarrier® 

Please click the following link for a video of one of the tests of this Bachelor Thesis: