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BMT to Present at Upcoming Modelling and Simulation Conference

27-Nov-2015

Yarra River 220x150Experts from BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the leading international maritime design, environmental and engineering consultancy, will share their insight and knowledge at this year’s 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2015) in Australia which starts on the 29th November.

The conference is being held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland and will follow the theme of: ‘Partnering with industry and the community for innovation and impact through modelling.’

Rob Holmes, Senior Environmental Scientist – Catchments & Receiving Environments will take to the stage to present a suite of 3D models of estuaries in southeast Queensland, developed on behalf of Healthy Waterways Limited. The models were developed using TUFLOW FV coupled with Aquatic EcoDynamics (AED2) and it is envisaged that these tools will assist environmental managers in the region to make informed decisions on matters impacting water quality. Rob will discuss the modelling approach taken and the metrics used in assessing the models’ predictive skill.

Matt Barnes, Senior Coastal Engineer will present 3D modelling of the Yarra River estuary in Melbourne using TUFLOW FV undertaken in collaboration with Monash University and the University of Western Australia and funded by Melbourne Water and the Australian Research Council Linkage Program. Under normal conditions the lower Yarra River can be classified as a “salt-wedge” estuary whereby a fresh water layer forms above the saline coastal water. Matt will discuss the modelling approach required to simulate the complex mixing that occurs in the Yarra River estuary and demonstrate the model’s predictive skill using high-resolution datasets.

The modelling system will ultimately form the basis for a 3D hydrodynamic-microorganism model (developed by Monash University) through the coupling with the Aquatic EcoDynamics (AED2) modelling library (developed by the University of Western Australia). It is anticipated that this tool will be used by industry partners including Melbourne Water to make scientifically-informed management decisions for improvement of water quality in the Yarra River estuary.

Dr Ralph Rayner, BMT Group Sector Director for Energy and Environment comments: “BMT has been pioneering flood modelling and flood plain management in Australia for more than 30 years and its in-house software, TUFLOW, is now one of the leading flood models across the globe. The TUFLOW products continue to evolve and now support detailed water quality assessments. Both Rob and Matt’s presentations reinforce the breadth and depth of BMT’s expertise, as well as its commitment to share high value insight and knowledge to industry and the wider community.”

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