Ringscaff and Delta Works, marvel of modern engineering

Ringscaff and Delta Works, marvel of modern engineering


The Delta Works in the west of the country is considered a marvel of modern engineering. The system integrates dams, sluices, locks, dykes, levees, and storm surge barriers to protect a large area of land from the violent action of the cold North Sea.

The government of Zeeland province recently commenced a large-scale maintenance programme on the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier.

Over the next eight years, the conservation systems on 32 sluice gates will be fully replaced and some parts of the remaining sluice gates will be subject to major maintenance work. All in all, the project requires large volumes of reliable, sturdy, adaptable scaffolding work.


OSK Conserveringsgroep BV — an alliance between Van der Ende Steel Protectors Group BV and GSB BV — was contracted by the government’s Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management for this strategically important maintenance project. Scafom-rux has been assigned by WIKO to provide the supporting materials and services. Indeed, the orders have already been placed.

According to Mr Sterk, the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier is a complicated and demanding project with a long start-up period.

“All of the sluice gates, which are around forty metres wide and vary in height from 6 to 10 metres, will be taken to hand over a period of 8 years. It is complex operation…with a long start-up period.”

“The Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management places strict requirements on the performance of the works and exceptional Dutch engineering standards. Scafom-rux engineers are experts in the field of modern building and construction techniques. We have developed a solid plan together with WIKO and OSK Conserveringsgroep BV that meets all aspects of the required working conditions. It has been approved by the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management,” Mr Sterk said.