The project

Deltares opened three new research facilities in 2015.

The new Delta Flume, a test facility for conducting full-scale studies of how extreme waves affect dikes, dunes, breakwaters and offshore structures. The Delta flume can generate the highest artificial waves in the world: 4.5 metres.

The iD-Lab, an interactive data lab where relevant data can be collected and displayed rapidly.

The Utrecht Castel environmental laboratory, where we are working with TNO and Utrecht University to study soil, the deep subsurface, water and air in interaction with the aim of applying the resulting knowledge.

Delta Flume

The Delta Flume was opened on 5 October 2015 by Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs and Minister Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and the Environment. After the opening, a study was launched to look at the strength of dikes with boulder stone revetments.


Work in the iD-Lab began as soon as it was completed and staff were trained in lab operations. We received many international visitors who were interested in the iD-Lab and the potential uses. A group of international researchers meet regularly to discuss modelling in the iD-Lab.

Utrecht Castel

The Utrecht Castel environmental laboratory opened on 28 September 2015. As well as being a research facility, it is a joint venture with Utrecht University and TNO that is open to other partners and that is constantly looking for ways of teaming up with other research institutes, companies and government authorities.

Deltares Annual Report 2015