Mapping of the processes in Courroux and Hec-Ras modelling
Cartographie des processus à Courroux et modélisation Hec-Ras

Scheulte river project: flood protection, revitalisation and development of fish biotopes


  • Arrondissement des digues de Courroux-Courcelon
  • Commune de Vicques
  • Commission Cantonale des Dangers Naturels (CCDN)


2009 - 2010


  • ATB SA (Pilot)
  • BIOTEC (Environment)

Project Description

The cities of Vicques and Courroux were strongly affected during a flooding episode on the 9th of August 2007. A common plan for flood protection and the Scheulte river revitalisation was therefore engaged.

The study zone hydrology was analyzed on the base of the regional study on floodings and using flowrate measurements.

On this basis, and by means of identification of the various processes and the hydraulic modelling of the river and hydraulic structures (HEC-Ras and Basement 2D), the hazard maps were developed. The amount of damages were then estimated.

Finally a protection concept was proposed in order to protect the cities of Vicques and Courroux against floodings and to improve the environmental state of rivers. The list of measures includes, for example, river widening measures, upstream retention measures or rehabilitation of structures.

The Birse confluence stretch is particularly sensitive and was thus dimensioned using a 2D model.


Phase 0: Strategic planning

Phase 1: Compilation of baseline data

  • Collect of baseline data
  • Hydrologic modelling
  • Process identification

Phase 2: Hazard maps

  • Hydraulic modelling (1D and 2D)
  • Development of the hazard maps
  • Assessment of damages

Phase 3: Protection concept

  • Development of the flow management concept
  • Design of the structures
  • Hydraulic dimensioning of the structures using a 2D model

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