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Recent storms unearth a piece of our history

Posted: 24-Mar-2020

A laminated card that was released to monitor surface currents more than 50 years ago was returned to HR Wallingford last month. The card, probably unearthed by February’s storms, was discovered by two Dutch beachcombers near dunes on the island of Terschelling in the Netherlands.
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The future is bright for physical modelling

Posted: 12-Mar-2020

Predictions of the downfall of physical modelling due to improvements in computer power have been made for several decades, and yet our extensive modelling laboratories continue to operate at, or near to, full capacity. Dr David Todd explains why physical modelling of coastal and offshore structures is still relevant and necessary.

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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.

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Innovative tsunami generator forces building guidance rethink

Posted: 03-Dec-2019

Understanding of the forces exerted by tsunami waves on sea walls and coastal buildings has leapt forward through research that we conducted with University College London (UCL) using a third generation tsunami simulator.   

HR Wallingford’s tsunami simulator - in a 70m long and 4m wide channel - is the largest device in Europe. Pictured with Ian Chandler and Esther Gomes from the Urban Waves project team. Continue reading ›

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