Innovative crisis management solutions assessed in realistic simulation of a flooding scenario in The Netherlands

Practitioners assessing innovative solutions • 23 May 2019

On 22nd and 23rd May 2019, five innovative solutions were assessed in a realistic simulation of a flooding scenario in The Hague, The Netherlands. The simulation was part of a two-day tabletop DRIVER+ Trial hosted by the Safety Region Haaglanden and DLR from Germany.

The Trial

The​​ Netherlands Trial assessed five socio-technical solutions designed to improve current crisis management capabilities by addressing shortcomings in three specific areas:

  • The planning of resources in the context of large scale and long-term crises.
  • The ability to exchange crisis-related information between various agencies and organisations (interoperability).
  • The planning and managing of large-scale evacuations of population in urban areas, including the management of the side effects such evacuations can cause.

With a strict selection process, the following five innovative Crisis Management solutions were chosen for this assessment: 3DI from Nelen & Schuurmans, KEEPOPERATIONAL from DLR, CrisisSuite from MerlinCrisis, HUMLOG from the University of Münster , SIM-CI from SIM-CI. ​

The Participants

Practitioners from the police, fire service, military, local authority, water and electricity utilities, The Hague’s public transport system and several international organisations, actively participate in this Trial.


DRIVER+ (Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience) is a EU funded project, helping Crisis Management practitioners find the best ways to address disasters that require complex responses. DRIVER+ improve the way capability development and innovation management are tackled, by assessing and validating solutions that are addressing the operational needs of crisis management practitioners. A total of four Trials and a Final Demonstration will take place within the project's lifespan. The two first Trials were successfully conducted in Poland and France, the final Trial will take place in Austria in September 2019, and the Final Demonstration in Italy and Poland in November 2019.

The role of TNO

TNO is the technical coordinator of the DRIVER+ project, leads the development the technical Test-bed infrastructure and supports the development of the Trial Guidance Methodology​. With the effects of climate change and new threads emerging, TNO is happy to support the Dutch government in coping and consistently implementing new solutions to prepare against potential nightmare scenarios.More information

More information about The Netherlands Trial or on DRIVER+ activities and the results? Contact us at TNO: Marcel van Berlo and Marijn Rijken.

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Human Behaviour and Organisational Innovation

We develop and apply knowledge in the field of social innovation. On the one hand, the focus lies on interventions for behavioural change to accelerate the acceptance of 'new' behaviour by customers and... Read more

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