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HR Wallingford and the University of Rostock are conducting a research on the development of scour on offshore substation jacket foundations located in the German part of the North Sea.
UK-based consultancy HR Wallingford and G-tec, a Belgian survey and monitoring specialist, have joined forces to deliver services to support developments in the marine environment which will include modelling, fieldwork and specialist consultancy relating to underwater sound.
HR Wallingford is currently conducting physical modelling in its Fast Flow Facility to test the scour development and the performance of a frond mat scour protection system to protect the jacket piles for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.
UK-based specialist engineering consultancy HR Wallingford today marked one year from the official opening of their Fast Flow Facility, a 75-meter-long flume designed to simulate the interaction of waves, currents and sediments at large scale and in more detail than was previously possible. Since its official opening on 30 October 2014, the Fast Flow Facility has been involved in several […]
HR Wallingford is working with DONG Energy as part of a project to develop the next-generation of wind turbine foundations. Work underway in HR Wallingford’s Fast Flow Facility will help inform the design of a novel suction bucket foundation, and will ultimately lead to more cost effective seabed foundation solutions for the renewable energy industry. […]
The UK government has given the go-ahead to a £1 billion project to build the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, Wales. Specialist engineering consultancy, HR Wallingford, worked with TLP on preliminary studies for the scheme, and has now been appointed by TLP’s preferred bidder, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) to support them […]
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Heseltine CH will be amongst the first to see some of the world’s most sophisticated marine modelling facilities in operation today (30 October) when he officially opens HR Wallingford’s UK Ship Simulation Centre and the Fast Flow Facility at Howbery Business Park in Oxfordshire. Developments in the ocean can be […]
Bruce joins HR Wallingford from UK-based Fugro EMU, a marine survey and consultancy, where he was Managing Director. With more than 25 years’ experience in the maritime industry, Bruce brings high level strategic business experience to HR Wallingford as well as a wealth of technical expertise in the international marine, environmental and energy sectors. Bruce […]
Dr Giovanni Cuomo has been appointed as Research Director at HR Wallingford. Giovanni joined HR Wallingford in 2008, having previously worked with them as a visiting researcher. He has since helped to develop their expertise in the modelling of coastal structures, both numerically and with physical models. His appointment as Research Director follows the retirement […]
Work to create one of the world’s largest maritime test facilities has entered its final stage following the completion of a £3 million development at the HR Wallingford’s site in Oxfordshire, UK. Keys to the new 1,600 m2 building were presented to HR Wallingford by Kier Construction on Thursday 17 April, and work has now begun on the […]
HR Wallingford’s noise model within its Hydro-Acoustic Model for Mitigation and Ecological Response (HAMMER) tool has been validated using pin-piling and ambient noise data collected from a boat based hydrophone during the construction of the SeaGen tidal turbine in Strangford Lough, in Northern Ireland. Data provided by Marine Current Turbines (MCT) for both discrete frequencies […]
HR Wallingford and the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) have launched SMARTtide, a unique tidal energy modelling tool. SMARTtide stands for Simulated Marine Array Resource Testing model and is designed for use by the tidal industry. It covers the UK’s continental shelf and north-west European coastline. The powerful suite of models identifies the most efficient sites […]
HR Wallingford’s tool to investigate the impact of underwater noise on animals, the Hydro-Acoustic Model for Mitigation and Ecological Response (HAMMER), will soon have increased data to model the behaviour of animals. The Natural Environment Research Council in the UK is funding a four month project to collect data on the behaviour of European sea […]
HR Wallingford and Baker Consultants recently hosted a workshop to discuss the issue of underwater noise pollution related to marine renewables at the tenth RenewableUK Wave and Tidal Conference. The aim of the workshop was to facilitate knowledge exchange between the industry, regulators and academics. Roger May from Marine Scotland opened the workshop by highlighting […]
HR Wallingford has hosted a summer school for some of the brightest renewable energy engineers in the country. The summer school is part of the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) programme, which delivers an industry focused course that aims to expand and sustain a community of high-quality post-doctoral staff for the UK […]
HR Wallingford has appointed Samantha Dawson as business manager to work across a portfolio of power sector projects. From 1 August 2012 Samantha will be working with Mark Liddiard, power sector business manager, to support existing projects and to grow new opportunities in the thermal, nuclear and marine renewable energy sectors. Mark explained: “Our recent […]
HR Wallingford, the international hydraulic and environmental engineering consultancy, has formed a partnership with Loughborough University to develop a new underwater acoustic propagation and noise-impact model. Designed to work with proven HR Wallingford ecological models, the new model is an important first step in assessing the impact of underwater noise on fish and sea mammal […]
Hydraulic engineering and offshore renewable energy specialist HR Wallingford is conducting physical model testing for a new offshore wind foundation known as the Gravity Tripod. The company is working with Offshore Design Engineering (ODE), DNV-GL, Cambridge University and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to test and certify the new offshore wind foundation concept designed […]
HR Wallingford has completed a ten week project with Oxford University’s Department of Engineering and Science and E.ON as part of the research aiming to minimise the effects of scour on wind turbine foundations.
European scour researchers have kicked off PROTEUS, a new EU Hydralab+ project, which aims to improve the design of scour protection around offshore wind turbine monopiles and future-proof them against the impacts of climate change.
Aberdeen Harbour Board officially approved a GBP 350 million development plan to expand the habour last month, after receiving construction and dredging operations licenses from the authorities. Following the project go-ahead, Aberdeen Harbour signed a contract with Dragados UK for the construction of additional facilities at Nigg Bay to the south of the existing harbour. HR Wallingford, […]
Norfolk Marine Ltd has installed its Tyre Filled Net (TFN) Scour Remediation System at E.ON’s Scroby Sands Offshore Wind Farm. The system has been installed on 5 monopile foundations at the site to provide protection against further scouring of the seabed at the foundation bases. After extensive testing and development, including scale modelling at HR Wallingford’s new Fast Flow […]
An interest group has been formed for an EU-funded project looking at technology to measure seabed scour, erosion and silting. The EXPOSURES project aims to establish a new marine information data collection system, which can be exploited for the benefit of commercial marine applications such as the measurement of scour around wind turbine foundations and the […]
SeaZone, the specialist marine mapping division of HR Wallingford, has been appointed to lead the North Sea Check Point, a key European Commission initiative to drive forward the blue economy. The blue economy is driven by the sustainable exploitation of marine resources, and access to effective and appropriate data is key to its success. EMODnet, […]
Developer of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd, has completed testing of its two-dimensional physical model at HR Wallingford in Oxfordshire. A section of bund wall has been constructed to scale in a 1.2-metre deep flume at HR Wallingford, where the stability of rock armour was tested under various design conditions and […]
A three-year Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between HR Wallingford and the University of Exeter has been launched this month, funded through NERC’s Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange (MREKE) programme. The partnership builds on HR Wallingford’s existing experience in both underwater noise research and development of modelling tools for monitoring species […]