Rapid onset flooding usually causes the greatest damage due to the lack of time to deploy the more traditional type of manually operated floodgates and "demountable" systems, typically stored off site, and requiring human intervention. The SCFB overcomes all the issues associated with these older- generation flood defenses and has the considerable advantage of not requiring any intervention during a flood warning, which would otherwise put lives at risk. The SCFB underwent more than 70 tests; these tests included static load, dynamic load, buoyancy force, sand and gravel tests, duration tests (35 days) extreme cold temperature tests, earthquakes tests, and obstruction tests. These tests concluded that the barrier never stayed stuck and rose in all tests. The SCFB remained watertight in all tests. The system is made of very durable materials designed to at least for 100 years and remains virtually maintenance free of many years.
With a design life of 100 years, and requiring minimal maintenance, the SCFB is not only an extremely effective flood defense system, but it makes a strong economic case too. With zero operational costs the SCFB has none of the high on-going expenditure associated with manually operated systems. When not in use, the barrier is protected underground, and its seals are sheltered from the elements. The SCFB offers optimal protection against extreme high-water levels, and a rigorous on-going R&D program ensures that the SCFB will remain the first choice for discerning clients seeking cost effective and superior flood defense solutions for decades to come.