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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 ›

State-of-the-art modelling for Nigerian coast

Posted: 22-Nov-2019


A 3D scale model of a Nigerian beach near Lagos has been put through its paces this month in our state-of-the-art modelling hall. New coastal defences are needed where the beach has retreated at the residential Maiyegun Beach Estate following major development farther along the coast. The designers of the coastal protection scheme, CDR International, asked us to build the model to show how the proposed sea defences would influence the response of the beach. Continue reading ›

Forecasting service to better manage environmental impacts of dredging

Posted: 13-Nov-2019

Dredging companies are able to better plan their schedules in advance thanks to our new service which can provide improved forecasting of sediment plumes caused by dredging. The service enables dredging contractors to improve their ‘adaptive management’ of dredging works thereby helping to ensure that environmental objectives are hit. The response-based forecasting model has already been used successfully at Doha Port. Snapshot of our forecast (above) and the observed (below) satellite sediment plumes arising from trailer hopper suction and cutter suction dredgers in the Doha channel Continue reading ›

Corsica considers results from 6km coastline model

Posted: 30-Oct-2019

We presented the results from a study using our largest ever physical model of a mobile bed to the Corsican authorities earlier this month. The model was built to examine the long-term impact on the nearby beach of developing a new port in Bastia. Continue reading ›

Bayonet GPE overtopping – a modelling tool at the cutting-edge of coastal engineering

Posted: 10-Jul-2019


Bayonet GPE – the free online overtopping tool developed at HR Wallingford – is now live for coastal engineers at www.overtopping.co.uk. The tool builds on more than three decades of computer modelling in the field, and employs sophisticated statistical modelling to predict overtopping with a wider range of information than ever before. Continue reading ›

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