Thursday, 19 July 2012
Queen’s University Belfast: Extensive use of MIKE by DHI for teaching and research.

During the last years several MIKE products, in particular MIKE 21 and MIKE 3, are being used extensively for teaching and research at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.

Teaching

MIKE 21 is used on various levels of teaching in coastal engineering, both in the class-room and for projects and exercises. Some of the main themes are the estimation of design wave conditions for breakwaters and the influence of dredging on flow conditions in an estuary.

Research

MIKE software has proved to be valuable tools in various research projects, of which can be mentioned (Similarly to other universities much of the research at QUB is made or initiated in connection with thesis studies): -
  • Assessment of the effects of Climate Change on wave climate
  • Assessment of the environmental impacts of farms of marine energy converters
  • Modeling of wave generation over sudden changes in topography
  • Saline intrusion and sluice operation in an estuary
  • Fate of mussel larvae and spat
  • Correlation of benthic habitat composition and hydrodynamic environment
As a part of all these activities, the Queen’s University Belfast has also tested the beta-version of the latest MIKE by DHI release (version 2011).

Dr. Bjöern Elsäßer, Senior Lecturer at the University, states: “No matter what type of research is carried out, the access to state-of-the-art modelling technology is of prime importance. The favourable conditions on which MIKE by DHI software can be made accessible to our Masters and PhD students is certainly a catalyst to our research. For a limited fee the student gets a personal software licence and our university licences can be used for other research and educational purposes. As consultant I’ve been using MIKE by DHI software for many years and have experienced the user-friendly tools and their continuous development as well as the unique support provided by the DHI experts. Based on this experience I felt very confident in introducing the MIKE by DHI modelling technology to QUB and to my students. The user-friendly GUI, the large number of tools within one shell, and the simplicity of getting from a setup to a running model is fantastic. This permits the research part of the thesis work to come into focus instead of only concentrating on setting-up and running a model. Furthermore, it is a pleasure to be able to follow the student’s development and observe how the skills enhance their employability in particular in the competitive working environment.

For further information please visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/QueensUniversityMarineLaboratory/
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