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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 ›

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 ›

Water dam failure: space-based monitoring system gets the go-ahead for expansion

Posted: 06-Aug-2019

HR Wallingford will broaden our space-based dam monitoring system, DAMSAT, to include water dams in a bid to reduce the risk of failures. The UK Space Agency has extended our funding following a pilot project to monitor tailings dams used to store toxic mine waste in Peru. Ultimately the technology could be employed worldwide to reduce the risks to those living downstream of dams.  Continue reading ›

ARCboat widens its image

Posted: 05-Aug-2019

HR Wallingford has been working in collaboration with ITER Systems to trial its Bathyswath-2 swath sonar system on HR Wallingford’s remotely-controlled survey vessel, the ARCboat. The swath sonar - deployed on the ARCboat - allowed a wide area of the River Thames bathymetry to be mapped in a single pass, compiling a detailed picture of the morphology and depth profile of the river bed. Continue reading ›

Rigorous lab testing for Dawlish sea wall design

Posted: 01-Apr-2019

During the severe winter storm of February 2014, a section of the sea wall at Dawlish collapsed, destroying part of the main railway line to Devon and Cornwall. Government funding has been announced to upgrade the sea wall to provide better protection for the railway and residents. Arup, who are designing the new sea wall, have commissioned HR Wallingford to conduct physical modelling tests in the laboratory to verify the performance of the proposed design. Continue reading ›

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