Study of Flash Flood Hazards at an Industrial Site, Industrial Zone East of Beni Suef



  • Complementary to the ESIA study carried out for the Egyptian Steel – IIC plant at the industrial zone east of Beni Suef, Environics cooperated with the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) to prepare a flash flood hazard assessment study over two phases:

Hydrological Assessment Study, which:

  • Comprised a survey & hydrologic analysis of all the wadis affecting the industrial area.
  • Employed several tools to investigate and analyze the topographic and hydraulic data and information, such as: ETM-LANDSAT images, Digital Elevation Model (DEM), and mathematical models, for example, Watershed Management System.
  • Described and analyzed the topography and geology of the wadis, collected and analyzed meteorological data, and evaluated flash flood risk hazards.
  • Recommended further topographic and hydraulic investigations, in addition to preventive infrastructure works at the factory site.

Detailed Flash flood Protection Study, which:

  • Built on the hydrological assessment. It entailed more technical and field investigations.
  • Surveyed all the wadis affecting the factory site & involved further topographic surveys.
  • Included further hydrological, geological, hydraulic, and meteorological studies.
  • Recommended alternatives for protection against flash flood hazard, if evident.
  • Provided conceptual and detailed designs of the works needed for each alternative.
  • Provided specifications and estimated costs and quantities, as well as the necessary Request for Proposal (RfP) for the recommended works.


  • In 2014, IIC decided to construct a power transmission station needed for plant operation. Environics was commissioned to assess the potential flashflood impacts within the proposed station site. The assessment relied on both the results of the 2012 and further investigations required after plant modification and time interval.
  • The study included the following:

    – Hydrological assessment of the rain subsequent to the first study, as well as comparing results.
    – Assessment of the potential flood risks on the station site.
    – Area segmentation and conducting a hydrological study to calculate the depth and speed of water at the borders of the site.
    – Recommending construction works to protect the site from potential flood risks, taking into consideration and complementing previously recommended protection works.
    – Preparation of the design for the new protective measures; engineering and technical specifications; bid documents and specifications, and the bill of quantities needed for implementation.

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