Waterways - Flood Protection

Waterways – Flood Protection

Drive Lines are involved in waterways management projects throughout the UK, supplying electro-mechanical solutions with extensive success. We supply a range of industry leading products for practical, large and small scale water management, and offering environmentally friendly alternatives to hydraulics. 

We provide solutions for projects of all scales and support your application planning with experienced technical and application advice, including product selection and CAD models

Drive Lines – and our principals, ADE WERK and Grob Antriebtechnik  have extensive experience with mitre gates,  flood barriers, gates and doors for all flood prevention applications, and have provided many successful electro-mechanical solutions to our customers. We can work to your key specifications, and we offer detailed information on recommended products to suit your concept or design for manufacture..

Make the change from hydraulic to electro-mechanical

actuators & screw jacks, for clean, reliable control

With increasing demand for eco-friendly components and clean water management solutions, we are seeing customers seeking electro-mechanical solutions over hydraulics for flood defence systems nationwide.

Our team can guide you towards the right solution for your needs, whether it’s for a single location or for multiple buildings and sites, and can help you to design the cleanest, safest solution.

Extreme weather has also seen increasing impact from floods across the UK, leading Councils nationwide investing in flood defence systems which protect the infrastructure and population from potential risk.

Drive Lines have worked in partnership with design consultants, civil engineers, and large engineering firms, on flood prevention applications, supplying and recommending the best components from industry leading suppliers. 

Flood Protection and Management

Flood management covers a wide range of engineering needs, and Drive Lines work with specifically selected manufacturers of industry leading components for flood management across the UK’s rivers and coastal regions.

 Significant investment is being made into the UK’s flood prevention schemes, and into more eco-friendly solutions for flood management, as the ongoing impact of climate change sees more incidents of extreme weather and flash flooding, which can wreak havoc on impacted areas.

 Explore the range of products which are designed for clean, efficient water management, and contact the team to discuss your application and discuss what options would best meet your specific requirements. 

ADE-WERK Case Study Video

 ADE-WERK have a range of videos showcasing their European projects, and these environmentally friendly weir gates showcase the ADE-WERK linear actuators in use in a large scale project

AUMA Products

As part of the ADE-WERK solutions, the AUMA multi-turn actuators can be  incorporated to provide a geared motor solution with positioning control and functionality. Drive Lines are a UK distribution partner for AUMA, and can incorporate their components as part of your flood and water management application. 

Grob Products

Drive Lines are exclusive agents in the UK for Grob Antriebstechnik screw jacks.  Screw jacks are used wherever controlled lifting, lowering and slewing is required. They can be installed singly, in pairs or as part of a multiple jack system.

Fairfield Control Systems Products


Integral to the electromechanical actuators solution is the electrical infrastructure and control. Our recommended control partner for these projects is Fairfield Control Systems.

Experienced in large scale canal and waterways projects, they are perfectly positioned to manage the electrical aspects of your project with the ADE-WERK and AUMA solutions.

Manual override and emergency power tools

Hand-wind manual operation is also an option for ADE-WERK and AUMA products, should power be lost in an emergency situation or for maintenance operations. Opening and closing the gate can require many handwheel turns, which can be difficult and take considerable time. A solution for this is a powerful, hand-held, battery power tool  which can fitted to the AUMA actuator for manual operation. Contact us for more details.

Example Applications

Flood Defence – Ipswich Mitre Gates

Drive Lines Technologies were recently part of the manufacturing and design process for part of the Ipswich Flood Defence Management Scheme (FDMS). Hunton Engineering Ltd. were commissioned to provide Volker Stevin contractors with a mitre gate solution with flap seals, designed to protect against flood risks.

As part of the new multi-faceted FDMS, the gate was to be electrically and mechanically driven and controlled as an important component of the larger flood defence scheme.

Elevating Bridge

Having rejected the idea of a chain drive due to the unsightly portal frame involved, two possible solutions were considered. One involved hydraulics, the other the use of screw jacks. The hydraulic solution was disregarded due to environmental factors and the danger of contamination in the river it the hydraulics should leak. This left the preferred choice the use of screw jacks.

The ground on either side of the River Tauber was excavated to conceal the mechanism and to provide a robust foundation for the bridge ends.

Synchronised Jacking Research Flumes

From flood prevention to resource protection, water represents one of today’s biggest ecological challenges. Tilting flumes are increasingly providing engineers with a key tool in the research of hydraulics and sedimentology. The latest products from Armfield offer the greatest levels of versatility, thanks to an automated jacking system supplied by Drive Lines Technologies Ltd.