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Minister for Ports opens expansion of world-class Australia Ship Simulation Centre

Posted: 07-Feb-2020

The Western Australian Minister for Ports, the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC opened the expanded facilities of HR Wallingford’s state-of-the-art Australia Ship Simulation Centre yesterday.

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HR Wallingford has added two new purpose-built simulators to its world-leading centre in Fremantle, bringing the total number of simulators that it owns and operates there to six. This makes it one of the largest ship simulation centres in Australia and allows a full manoeuvring team (including pilots, tug masters and vessel traffic service (VTS) operators) to conduct integrated and immersive full port scenarios. Continue reading ›

Sophisticated simulators contribute to safe navigation

Posted: 05-Feb-2020

The sophistication of ship simulators has shot up over the last 30 years, increasing their contribution to safe navigation in ports. Simulators have many uses and benefits beyond the training of new marine pilots and tug masters, and are set to develop further, as  Dr Mark McBride, Ships and Dredging Group Manager explains.


In a similar way to how the look and feel of computer games has transformed over the last 30 years, the graphics on ship navigation simulators have become much more realistic. Both sectors have benefited from advances in computer-generated imagery (CGI) and the expansion in size and definition of screens, made possible by the mushrooming of computing power. Continue reading ›

Sink or swim? How upfront research makes a big difference to the levelized cost of offshore wind projects

Posted: 17-Jan-2020

As the offshore wind revolution gears up for its next phase, the sector faces a raft of technical and environmental challenges associated with building in the sea. Michael Case, a renewables specialist at HR Wallingford, examines some key areas for consideration and explains how the right research upfront can reduce the levelized cost of energy.

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The future of Climate Change Risk Assessments

Posted: 20-Dec-2019

It’s now ten years since we prepared the first ever UK-wide Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) for the Government to meet the requirements of the Climate Change Act 2008. Since then we have taken part in two more CCRAs for the Government’s Climate Change Committee and have gone on to help organisations in the private and public sectors to understand and manage the risks of climate change.

But the future of the CCRA is changing fast, so we spoke to our resident experts Helen Udale-Clarke and Eleanor Hall to find out about what may be on the horizon.

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HR Wallingford acquires Cussons Technology’s Marine Hydrodynamics business

Posted: 03-Dec-2019

International engineering consultants HR Wallingford have acquired the Marine Hydrodynamics division of Manchester-based Cussons Technology, after they were placed in to administration on 17 October 2019. Continue reading ›

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