ABPmer, a UK-headquartered numerical modelling and dredge specialist, has been commissioned by the Port of Waterford in Ireland to develop hydrodynamic and sediment models of the Waterford Estuary.
By replicating present conditions the model will be used to optimise the port’s current dredge commitment along with informing feasibility studies, environmental assessments, designs and construction plans for the port’s ongoing growth.
Heidi Roberts, head of physical processes at ABPmer, said: “We are delighted to be asked to support the Port of Waterford in its future ambitions.
“As the in-house marine science advisor to Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest ports group, we know that successful design and operation of ports is dependent on understanding the natural environment.”
To inform and calibrate the models, it is essential to have a good understanding of the tidal and flow conditions both spatially and temporally within and throughout the estuary. ABPmer has therefore contracted Hydrographic Surveys Ltd, a local survey company to undertake water quality surveys and to assist them in deploying instruments.
ABPmer is a leading provider of technical services to the port and harbour sector based on its technical capabilities, experience and diverse nature of its parent company ABP, that owns and operates 21 ports and several marinas across the UK.
Based in Southampton, UK, ABPMer has supported similar projects around the globe.