Development of Embankment Asset Management System (EAMS), Bihar, India

Consultancy services for design, development and deployment of Embankment Asset Management System for Bagmati-Adhwara Basin

The Flood Management Improvement Support Centre (FMISC) had an objective of setting up tools for the Bagmati-Adhwara basin in India and Water Reseouces Development (WRD) maintained embankments in Nepal to ensure a better management of the embankments built along the many rivers of the area to optimize and reduce the risks of flooding in the region. Egis assisted WRD through GIS, combined with Water Management Information System Tools.

Date: June 2013 - Ongoing
Client: Flood Management Improvement Support Centre (FMISC)
Funding: World Bank

Project overview

The project involves preparation of a comprehensive Embankment Asset Management System (EAMS) for Bagmati-Adhwara basin up to Dumri bridge in Bihar, supported by detailed modern river/ embankment surveys that are being undertaken under a separate assignment, including visual and scientific inspection of the embankment status in the Bagmati-Adhwara basin, that is partially embanked and where substantial investments for new embankments are planned. The EAMS would support flood management functions including maintenance and strengthening of existing embankment, anti-erosion works and flood-fighting measures etc. It would also assist in developing further flood management measures which may include planning of additional new flood control structures. The development of community participation for embankment surveillance and to update embankment safety information in the EAMS will be piloted.

Our missions

The project involved following major aspects:

  • Design and Development of Embankment Asset Management System
  • Preparation of Embankment Database, Functional Modules and Integration in EAMS
  • Development of User Manual, Operational Manual and Training
  • Sustainability of EAMS

The sustainable and effective use of EAMS would need to be ensured through user and operational manuals, training programmes, and developing protocols for operation, maintenance and updating at FMISC and Flood Monitoring Circle (FMC). Updating protocols may cover data-flow in specified formats from field offices to FMC/ FMISC and downstream upgradation required in the field offices for data exchange with EAMS, updating maps & text data when additional and superior data becomes available, additional management functions as needed for future flood risk management etc.