STANDARD RANGE

STANDARD RANGE

An innovative concept against the risk of marine submersion.

THE FIRST REMOVABLE SEAWALL

Between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, the storms named Dirk, Hercule, Pétra and Christine devastated the Atlantic coast with submersion waves, in particular on the Basque coast.  That was when we came up with the idea to build removable seawalls to avoid further damage to coastal infrastructures.

Thus, WAVE BUMPER developed the first removable seawall protection which is installed during the storm period and then removed to avoid degrading the environment.

« I wanted it to be totally removable so that it does not remain on the seafront and spoil the beauty of this beach in Biarritz. » – Romain Chapron, Founder of WAVE BUMPER

The idea is that a curve made of composite materials and weighted with re-usable sandbags, constitutes a strong enough shield to return the energy of the wave towards the ocean and to diminish the impact of the next wave.

In comparison with a vertical wall, our technology limits penetration. It absorbs the shock of the waves and accelerates the withdrawing wave (called the uprush) which strikes and slows down the following waves.

There are many disadvantages of normal “hard solution” methods (like concrete seawalls, rock fills, spikes, etc.) which includes introducing permanent elements onto the coastline which are not part of it, it making it more fragile and considerably spoiling its appearance. There are many examples of concrete seawall breakages. Indeed, as soon as we introduce a hard point into a perpetually moving ecosystem, the erosion process is accelerated and the coastline becomes more vulnerable. In contrast, the composite materials which we use accompany the movements of the ecosystem without creating a barrier.

Removable seawalls from WAVE BUMPER are particularly light and easy to handle. The fact that they are removable and quick to install, means that they have a very low environmental impact and that they can be installed between two tides.

BigBump®

A solution designed to protect buildings

BigBump® is the first level of defense. These re-usable bags, weighted with sand, have been specifically developed and reinforced for coastline protection. They can be installed alone, in one or several rows according to the intensity of the expected submersion hazard.

They can also be combined with BumperBlade® units made from composite materials to stabilize the seawall. In addition, they can be used to strengthen cofferdams to protect buildings against flooding.

Filling the BigBump® is done with a hoisting machine equipped with a funnel. This action can be done directly on-site. Our BigBump® products are available in two versions: the classic one or one with an evacuation system at the top. 

Technical features
  • Polypropylene structure
  • Double thickness of fabric for increased resistance
  • A closing cover to enable geometric support
  • Four lifting straps integrated into the structure of the bag
  • A low ground surface footprint
  • Easy storage (elements which can be folded and/or piled)
  • Optional funnel
  • Possible customization (color, slogan, logo, etc.)
  • Delivered with an instruction manual

BumperBlade®

Innovation against marine submersion

Innovation against marine submersion

BumperBlade® is a unique “anti-submersion” system. Its originality can be found in its patented curve in composite materials which is able to resist and reduce the destructive impact of submersion waves. This system returns the energy of the waves by generating a return movement towards the ocean.

This “coastal airbag” can be deployed quickly. Removable, light and re-usable, it respects the ecology of the site where it is used. Its modular aspect enables it to adapt to a large majority of sites.

Positioned at the top of the beach, all of the BumperBlade® modules associated with the BigBump® elements, make up a stable sturdy seawall.

There is also an angular version called Blade d’Angle®, which can be positioned at the extremities of a BumperBlade® seawall. The Blade d’Angle® splits the waves in two and reinforces the overall support of the seawall.  

Technical features
  • Composite material structure
  • Weighted by BigBump® elements filled with sand
  • Resistance to impacts from floating debris
  • Possibility to assemble the BumperBlade® elements together
  • A low ground surface footprint
  • Easy storage (stackable elements)
  • Possible customization (color, slogan, logo, etc.)
  • Delivered with an instruction manual

BumperBlock

The self-weighted solution for protecting buildings

The self-weighted solution for protecting buildings

The BumperBlock® solution is comprised of a series of concrete modules with the same patented curve as the BumperBlade® elements with the same features.

These self-weighted, removable and re-usable structures are perfect when it is difficult to fill BigBump® units. They are ideal for beaches on which sand bags cannot be filled.  

Positioned at the top of the beach and put together thanks to mounting plates, they constitute a stable, sturdy seawall.

Technical features
  • Concrete structure
  • Possible mounting of the BladeBeton® elements thanks to mounting plates
  • A low ground surface footprint
  • Easy storage (stackable elements)
  • Possible customization (color, slogan, logo, etc.)
  • Delivered with an instruction manual

CERTIFICATIONS

The shape of the removable seawall as well as all the principles of WAVE BUMPER have been patented.

WAVE BUMPER is one of the companies in the ESA BIC incubation program with the European Space Agency and Aerospace Valley. The team at WAVE BUMPER works alongside engineers, in particular, at ESTIA (Higher School for Advanced Industrial Technology) and start-up companies and local businesses to develop and validate the components of their protection system.

WAVE BUMPER is a French solution as it was imagined, designed, developed and made 100% in France. The quality of the selected composite materials give our removable seawalls a high level of resistance, enabling them to bear the destructive impact of submersion waves.

La forme de la digue amovible ainsi que l’ensemble des principes de WAVE BUMPER font l’objet de dépôt de brevets.

WAVE BUMPER fait partie des entreprises incubées du programme l’ESA BIC avec l’Agence Spatiale Européenne et l’Aerospace Valley. L’équipe WAVE BUMPER travaille en collaboration notamment avec des d’ingénieurs de l’ESTIA (École Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées) et des start-ups et entreprises locales sur le développement et la validation des composants de son système de protection.

WAVE BUMPER est une solution made in France car elle est 100% imaginée, conçue, développée et fabriquée en France. La qualité des matériaux composites sélectionnés confère à nos digues amovibles un haut niveau de résistance supportant l’impact destructeur des vagues de submersion.