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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 ›

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 ›

Planning in advance for floods and dam failures can save lives

Posted: 26-Nov-2019

Emergency planners can use our tool, the Life Safety Model, to develop emergency plans for floods to help save lives. Technical Director Darren Lumbroso explains the vital role that such tools can play in planning how to deal with the consequences in areas where a dam is at risk of collapsing or an extreme flood is likely to occur.

Teton Dam Flood (photo courtesy of www.waterarchives.org)  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 ›

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