Thursday, 21 February 2013
An invitation to the 2013 MIKE by DHI UK User Group Meeting

Our Spring 2013 User Group Meeting is fast approaching, and we are looking forward to welcoming you to the event on the 19th of March 2013, and Seminar Day on 20th of March 2013, at the Lion Quays Waterside Resort, Nr. Oswestry, UK.

The event is now in its 15th year, and we are very pleased to announce that the event is once again free of charge to all existing and potential users of MIKE by DHI software, as well as those with a general interest in water modelling, engineering and management.

If you are new to MIKE by DHI software, this annual event attracts participants from across industry and academia. The format of the meeting allows exchange of experiences through user presentations plus formal and informal interaction with both UK and Head Office DHI staff.

On the first day, 19th March 2013, there will be a mixture of presentations of new and forthcoming software features and technologies, as well as practical case studies. The programme is nearly complete, and will feature the following presentations: -
Water Resources (incl. Urban)
  • River Almond WQ Study (Atkins): A dynamic water quality model of the River Almond has been developed using MIKE 11 ECO Lab with an overarching aim of assessing the impact of Scottish Water assets on the water quality of the river. An extensive, recent (2011) water quality data set served as the basis for the model’s development, which also included inputs from sewer network modelling. The model has been used to identify water quality parameters and specific locations of concern in the River Almond system, providing Scottish Water with a detailed assessment of catchment needs. The work will continue with identification of strategic options to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive and the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive.
  • Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Modelling of Swindale Intake (MWH): Modification to the existing arrangements at the Swindale intake could negatively impact stilling pond hydrodynamics, which could impact fish passage and gravel management. A 2D hydrodynamic (HD) and sediment transport model (ST) to has been applied to assess the potential impact of the proposed works on sediment dynamics in the upstream channel and floodplain and in the proposed stilling pond.
  • Flood Modelling with MIKE 21 (Arup): A look at two case studies of MIKE 21 flood modelling with some comments on the use of structures.
  • Tidal Energy Resources Assessment for Tamar (Plymouth) Estuary Narrows (Hyder): Two MIKE21 FMHD models covering the English Channel and the Tamar estuary were developed to carry out an assessment of the tidal stream energy output potential. The Tamar model has been calibrated using continuous ADCP measured data at 3 locations. Three areas of high tidal stream power output potential with a mean tidal turbine output power density were identified in the Plymouth Narrows.
  • A Multi-model Approach to Coastal Protection at Clacton (Mott MacDonald): Recent experiences with MIKE 21 FM ST and LITPACK while investigating the Clacton beachfront.
  • Combined Thermal Plume from Multiple Power Stations using MIKE 3 (Atkins & TechnoEconomica): A detailed study of the issues involved in modelling multiple thermal and hypersaline discharges in to a warm environment. Issues of waste water recirculation, surface heat exchange and vertical stratification will be covered. Some suggestions on ways in which this process could be improved in MIKE 3 will be offered. Specifically this will concern ground heat retention and excessive night cooling in shallow waters, and also power station sub-models.
Porous Media (Groundwater)
  • Ground Water Heat Flow (ESI): A presentation of some interesting thoughts and applications of FEFLOW.
On the second day, 20th March 2013, we will host a number of seminar style training and open discussion sessions. These sessions will focus on new and lesser know features of MIKE FLOOD, MIKE 21 and FEFLOW.

This is your User Group Meeting, and there is still a little time for you to influence content!

Online booking is now available via, so don’t miss out, make your booking now!

Participation in the event is free of charge and includes lunch and refreshments on both days. Overnight accommodation is available at the Lion Quays Resort for a special B&B rate of £88.50 per person per night, including breakfast and dinner on Tuesday evening.

If you would like more information about the event, or would like to contribute, please contact: -
We very much hope to see you at what will undoubtedly be a very interesting and informative event.

MIKE by DHI 2012 Service Pack 1 is available

Service Pack 1 for release 2012 is now available for download here. Please see the updated release notes for information about the corrections and improvements in Service Pack 1.

If you have questions about MIKE by DHI 2012 or the latest Service Pack, please do not hesitate to contact

To download Release 2012 Service Pack 1 please click below: -

Improved version of Global Tide Model now available

An improved version of the Global Tide Model for coastal and marine modelling is available in 0.125 degree resolution. The model is updated with additional four years of radar satellite measurement and two additional constituents has been added providing better predictions in shallow water. The updated model includes the following 10 constituents: -

Semidiurnal:M2, S2, K2, N2
Diurnal:S1, K1, O1, P1, Q1
Shallow water:M4

The data can conveniently be copied to the default folder for tidal constituents (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\DHI\2012\MIKE Zero\Application Data\Tide Constituents). The Global Tide Model is developed by DTU Space in collaboration with DHI.

Click here to download the model constituents for free.

The use of 3D numerical modelling in groundwater research and water quality risk assessment

Matrix Solutions Inc. in Canada is using MIKE by DHI numerical modelling for ground-breaking research and valuable solutions for their clients. Two recent examples are: -

Feasibility study estimating lithium and potash rich brine deposit reserves
Matrix Solutions developed a 3D numerical modelling tool using among others FEFLOW to represent the complex groundwater flow system and evaluate various wellfield strategies. Using FEFLOW to develop their numerical model, Matrix Solutions was able to significantly reduce simulation time and reach a conclusion supporting a long time and low cost mining operation.

The importance of groundwater–surface water interaction in water resource assessments
In order to better understand and assess the groundwater –surface water interaction, Matrix Solutions applied our integrated modelling software MIKE SHE to two municipal water quality risk assessments in order to evaluate the sustainability of municipal water withdrawals.

Read more in the Matrix Solutions newsletter.

Read the full January 2013 Edition of the MIKE by DHI NetWork newsletter here. Read other recent DHI news stories here.

Friday, 15 February 2013
Metocean Modelling for Marine Renewables (Thematic Course)

On the 21st and 22nd March 2013 we will be holding a public training course on ‘Metocean Modelling for Marine Renewables’ in Shropshire, UK.

This two-day, thematic hands-on course introduces modelling and analyses of relevance for marine renewable energy projects. It enables the practitioner to understand the benefits and limitations of metocean design data and provides guidelines on how to develop these. The course is focused on our ‘Best Practices’ for coastal and offshore projects for wind turbines wave and tidal power and marine infrastructure projects.

The course will cover the following topics: -
  • Metocean data sources and quality assessment
  • Recognised standards and guidelines
  • Introduction to wave modelling using MIKE 21 models
  • Introduction to flow modelling using MIKE 21 models
  • Metocean modelling
  • Model calibration and skill assessment
  • Hindcast and forecast simulations
  • Analysis and presentation of metocean data
  • Yield estimation for wave and tidal power plants
The course is directed towards project engineers, who need an introduction to off-shore metocean modelling and analysis, or project managers with a need to understand the advantages and limitations of best practice methods in the establishment of normal and extreme environmental parameters.

For more information please download the course flyer here. Alternatively, please telephone the UK Team on +44 (0) 1189 000745 or e-mail

The above training course is placed in continuation of the UK User Group Meeting at the same venue. Course participants are welcome to join the User Group Meeting free of charge!

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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.

MIKE by DHI truly models the world of water - from mountain streams to the ocean and from drinking water to treatment plant and beyond.

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