ILC Dover Granted Patents for Three Flood Protection Systems

ILC Dover has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company patents for its unique Flex-Gate®, Flex-Wall®, and Flex-Cover® dry floodproofing systems. These three systems form the heart of the company's infrastructure-protection product line. Each is designed to be stored at the point of use, and provide fast one- or two-person deployment. That allows owners and managers who use ILC's systems to protect their critical assets, to safely make last-minute deployment decisions, after forecast models have converged.

Time to Rethink Floodproofing

In addition to the hurricanes 
and catastrophic floods making national headlines, a damaging flood happens frequently in the United States, caused by heavy rainfall, dam failures, land development runoff, drainage problems, inland remnants of tropical storms, or many other conditions. Flooding is the country’s leading cause of deaths related 
to severe weather. Additionally, almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a flood disaster.Given the devastating effects, it is time to rethink how we approach the mitigation of flooding’s impact. To that end, this article examines the current situation—from regulations and floodplain management basics to the role of standards in improving buildings’ resiliency in the face of potential disaster. It examines traditional dry floodproofing challenges with respect to setup efficiency while exploring the benefits of newer ‘soft’ technologies.

The NYC Subway Is Still Getting Ready for the Next Hurricane Sandy

"...To repair and floodproof these tunnels NYC Transit has awarded 63 contracts so far, 37 of which have been completed. One of these contracts went to ILC-Dover, among the handful of firms contracted to come up with retrofitted coverings for the thousands of varyingly-sized openings (stairways, grates, manholes, elevators, and escalators, etc.) which need to be plugged. ILC-Dover addressed this issue with its “point of storage” technology."