Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The 14th* MIKE by DHI UK User Group Meeting was a great success!

We would like to extend our thanks to the 65 clients – both present and potential users – who participated in the event; particularly those who delivered the many varied and informative keynotes and user presentations.

The full list of presentations – including abstracts – will be added to the UGM page soon. Some users have already given permission for us to make their presentations available online. These papers are available below, and we hope to add download links for other papers soon.

On the second day, 45 users attended the various training sessions. The training materials, and accompanying documents, featured in the sessions will be made available to all participants upon request – some are available below.

Aquifer Storage and Recovery in a Confined UK aquifer: FEFLOW - Artificial recharge modelling (Mike Streetly, ESI International) Recent Experiences in Regional Scale FMHD Modelling: A Case Study of The Pentland Firth, UK (Jack Shipton, ABPmer)
1-2-3D ‘Dee’ - River Dee Project: An Update and snapshot of a multi-dimensional MIKE Model at a single site Other Random Musings (Simon Matthews & the UK DSP Team, DHI) Introductory MIKE FLOOD seminar, including discussions on model stability, and a detailed look at some of the new features of MIKE FLOOD Release 2012 (Torben Strange Jensen, DHI)
Shoreline Management Workshop: How to Protect and Develop your Coasts (Karsten Mangor, DHI) Shoreline Management Guidelines: eBook (Karsten Mangor, DHI)

Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have any questions or unresolved feedback.

Thank you again!

* we think!
Wednesday, 14 March 2012

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Spring 2012 User Group Meeting on the 20th of March 2012, and Seminar Day on 21st of March 2012, at the Lion Quays Waterside Resort, Oswestry, UK.

The User Group Meeting will include a mixture of presentations of forthcoming software features and technologies, as well as practical case studies and papers presented by UK users.

2012 MIKE by DHI UK User Group Meeting: Agenda

Tuesday 20th March 2012

In addition to the user presentations listed below, we will be detailing the new features and technologies available to you in the forthcoming MIKE by DHI Release 2012, as well as outlining our future plans for the software portfolio: -

Keynote Presentation
  • Urban Flood Flows: The suburb of Merewether in Newcastle is providing engineers with critical data that will inform emergency personnel on how to plan better for the floods which have wreaked havoc across Australia in the past few years. A model of the suburb has been created in Sydney's Water Research Lab (Grantley Smith, University of Newcastle, NSW)
Client Presentations: MIKE BASIN – MIKE 21
  • River Don - Integrated Catchment Management for Yorkshire Water: Integrated Catchment Management using MIKE BASIN (Sally Bielby, JBA)
  • Reservoir Discontinuance and River Restoration using MIKE 21 FMST: Design Background to a Reservoir Project – The Hydraulic Model and lessons learnt (Mark Bailes, MWH)
  • Maritime Archaeological Modelling using MIKE 21 - Later Prehistoric Seafaring in Scilly: Modelling of changing ocean/sea conditions for the Holocene around North West Europe, with more detailed focus on the Isles of Scilly (Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz, Southampton University)
Client Presentations: RENEWABLES - MIKE 21 – MIKE FLOOD – MIKE 11
  • Wave resource assessment for Oyster farms using MIKE21: Ocean Power – Energy Field Characterisation (Ian Harris, Aquamarine Power)
  • Modelling the Severn Barrage: A Review of Modelling Strategies for a major UK Renewables Project (John Osment, Halcrow)
  • Tellisford Mill – Green Electricity from Run of River Hydro in an Historic Setting: A Low-head Hydro Scheme 7 years on from the initial Flood-risk Assessment (Anthony Battersby, FBA / Mendip Power Group)
  • Validation of a MIKE 21FM Spectral Wave model: For the purpose of an Offshore Wind Farm Coastal Processes Assessment (Emma Holland, METOC)
Client Presentations: MIKE 21 BW – MIKE 21 SW – MIKE 21 AD
  • Wave Modelling with MIKE 21 BW & SW, and Cliff Recession Review: The ‘Baroque on Lamma’ Marina Project in Hong Kong - A MIKE 21 SW & BW Model, and a Review of Empirical Techniques for Analysing Cliff Recession (Vicky Tonks, Mott MacDonald)
  • Long term coastal water quality predictions using convolutions: A MIKE 21/3 AD Water Quality Study (James Tomlinson, ATKINS)
  • Recent Experiences in Regional Scale FMHD Modelling: A Case Study of The Pentland Firth (Jack Shipton, ABPMER)
Client Presentations: FEFLOW – HABITATS – MIKE FLOOD 1-2-3D
  • Aquifer Storage and Recovery in a Confined UK aquifer: FEFLOW - Artificial recharge modelling (Mike Streetly, ESI International)
  • Compliance with The Habitats Directive and Wetlands Ecology at a SSSI: Review of a Wetland Creation Project - 5 Years On (Michael Limbrey, Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust)
  • 1-2-3D ‘Dee’ - River Dee Project: An Update and snapshot of a multi-dimensional MIKE Model at a single site Other Random Musings* (Simon Matthews & the UK DSP Team, DHI)

    *time permitting!
Wednesday 21st March 2012

Here there is a choice of three separate 'Tracks'. We will also endeavour to add Ad Hoc inset 'How To...' sessions which can be mixed and matched according to your requirements: -
  • Water Resources: A detailed look at the new features of MIKE FLOOD Release 2012 (with example applications), followed by an introductory MIKE FLOOD seminar, and discussions on model stability
  • Ground Water: An Introduction to 3D Visualisation using FEFLOW
  • Shoreline Management (Marine): How to Protect and Develop your Coasts
The above 1-day course on Shoreline Management will include an overview and discussion of the following topics: -
  • Introducing coastal and estuarine processes (physics)
  • Understanding sources of shoreline impact (anthropological effects)
  • Accounting for future variations in environmental conditions (climate change & policy)
  • Fitting the complexity of the modelling to the level of the study (regulator response)
The free 1-day Shoreline Management course is a shortened version of a comprehensive 4-day training course, if you are interested in the full course please contact us.

Participation in the User Group Meeting, and the Training Seminars, is free of charge. The Hotel is offering a special B&B rate of £88.50 per person, per night, including Breakfast & Dinner. There is also a non-participant ‘Partner’ package available @ £48.50 extra per night, including Breakfast & Dinner.

Online booking is now available via, so get your name on the most sought after list of the year so far!

If you would like more information about the content of the event please contact: -
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Previews of MIKE by DHI 2012 Release

As detailed in the February 2012 issue of our newsletter, we would like to present some previews of the upcoming MIKE by DHI software package 2012, which is scheduled to be released this September. The release will contain various new and exciting features, which we hope will improve your experience when using the software products, both with regard to usability, productivity, and enhanced applications.

FEFLOW 6.1: Selective Mesh Smoothing for Finite-Element Meshes

Now you can look forward to improved model quality and even faster modelling with the upcoming FEFLOW 6.1!

Smoothing a finite-element mesh can significantly improve the quality of a mesh that, in some cases, might be unsatisfactory after the generation process due to the presence of too many triangles with acute angles. Within groundwater modelling it is essential to keep hydraulic structures, e.g. well locations and other structures defined by the user at their original position. In FEFLOW 6.0, only a global mesh-smoothing option was available, which does not provide the means to exclude selected mesh nodes from shifting positions during the smoothing process.

With the upcoming version of FEFLOW 6.1, we have improved the smoothing functionality significantly: Smoothing can now be applied in selected areas of the finite-element mesh, only allowing maintaining the original positions of boundary conditions etc. as defined by the modeller.

WEST: How to convert plant layouts and experiments from older WEST versions?

The new WEST3 conversion tool allows for converting plant layouts and experiments from WEST 3.7.6 to WEST 2011. It will be available with the release 2012 and via download at the MIKE by DHI website.

Layouts that are based on the standard WEST model library are supported without further ado. During conversion, the user can choose whether to adopt the new WEST 2011 icons, or the old WEST 3.7.6 icons for the converted layout. The conversion tool does not require WEST 3.7.6 to be installed. However, it does require a valid WEST 2011 license.

Please do not hesitate to contact MIKE by DHI support if you have any questions related to WEST, or how to get the most out of the software.

MIKE URBAN: Storm Water Tools

With the release of MIKE URBAN 2012, the Storm Water Tools will be fully implemented into MIKE URBAN using either MOUSE or SWMM as simulation engine.

The MIKE URBAN Storm Water Tools focus on building the Storm Water model within a 1D framework. The tools supplement the standard MIKE URBAN installation by empowering the user with the ability to carry out:
  • Lateral snapping of digitised rivers to the lowest point in DEM
  • Cross section extractions from DEM
  • Auto connections of overland network to sewer network
  • Sequential labelling of nodes
  • Catchment slope and length calculations
Highlights from The Network (March 2012)

The latest MIKE by DHI NetWork newsletter has been published, and a selected article is presented below: -

Application Examples
  • Protecting clean drinking water from Lake Ontario, Canada:

    Most of the North American region and in particular Ontario’s 13 million residents are highly dependent on clean drinking water from one of the Great Lakes. Thus, as contamination of the lakes could have severe consequences for many communities, a study was initiated to investigate potential threats to the water quality of Lake Ontario.

    As a part of Ontario’s Source Water Protection program, a group called the Lake Ontario Collaborative was formed to study the potential threats to the drinking water. They have investigated potential impacts that activities on land, such as potential spills from surrounding waste water treatment plants, nuclear power plants, petroleum pipelines, and industrial facilities could have on the contamination of the water quality at the areas of intakes. For this purpose, they used an events-based approach, where potential spills were modelled by calculating the hydrodynamics as well as different aspects of the water quality. By using a full three dimensional illustration of water motion, including thermodynamics, it was possible to make accurate simulations and predictions of water currents in the lake and simulate the potential damage of a spill scenario.

    As a result, they were able to develop intake protection zones. The zones were used to help raise awareness of the potential environmental and health risks that potential spills could entail as well as guide the preparation of emergency response planning in the event of a spill in the future. Want to read more? Click here.
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Welcome to DHI UK

DHI is an independent, international consulting and research organisation with the global objective of advancing technological development and competence with respect to water, in all of its environments.

Worldwide, we offer a wide range of consulting services and leading edge technologies, software tools, environmental laboratories, and physical model test facilities, as well as field surveys and monitoring programmes. Designated as a not-for-profit organisation, DHI is able to invest a considerable portion of its resources in research and development. Today we co-operate with many Universities, and research organisations, and are recognised globally for our innovation and expertise.

In the UK, DHI offers niche or specialist consultancy services in the water and environment market to government agencies, commercial entities and selected research organisations. We fulfil a research based specialist advisor role; a ‘Consultant to the Consultants’. We also supply and support the renowned MIKE by DHI suite of integrated water modelling tools.

MIKE by DHI software is the result of years of experience and dedicated development and has, in many regions, become the standard modelling tool. It transforms our science into practice and gives you the competitive edge and, through the DHI Academy, you can rest assured that there is a local team of highly skilled experts committed to train and support you every step of the way.

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