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12 January 2017

Mott MacDonald and DHI Group sign new three-year deal

Global engineering and management consultancy Mott MacDonald has signed a new three-year contract with DHI Group for the use of MIKE Powered by DHI software. The new licence and support and maintenance agreement will enhance the consultancy’s work on global port, coastal and offshore developments, enabling it to develop 2D and 3D hydrodynamic and coastal models.

MIKE Powered by DHI software provides maximum versatility and quality in coastal and marine modelling. It enables the simulation of a range of flow phenomena, waves, sediment dynamics, dispersion phenomena and ecological systems, which helps companies such as Mott MacDonald to develop efficient, reliable and sustainable solutions.

The platform’s two main products, MIKE 21 for 2D modelling and MIKE 3 for 3D modelling, are used for coastal engineering and studies related to coastal developments, ports and harbours. They are also frequently applied in many types of coastal environmental studies, such as within dredging dispersion and water quality studies. It also includes LITPACK, a specialised tool for studying littoral processes such as sediment transport on open coasts whose features are enhanced further through access to the new shoreline morphology model.

Mott MacDonald has used MIKE Powered by DHI software to analyse complex challenges and develop optimal design solutions on projects such as the Clacton and Holland-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea coastal defence schemes, Deira Islands in Dubai and the Medway and Swale managed realignment.

The new contract will expand the services offered by Mott MacDonald, providing its numerical modelling team with additional capabilities to assess the impacts of developments, define design conditions and assess changes to the environmental conditions in the coastal and fluvial environments in 2D and 3D. It can be used to assess a wide range of parameters including waves, water levels, currents, temperature, salinity, sediments and water quality.

As part of the new software agreement, Mott MacDonald has become the first engineering consultancy in the world to utilise the latest technology in underwater acoustic modelling. The underwater acoustic simulator allows a 3D assessment of the propagation of noise generated by construction or operational activities within the water column. This analysis can then be used to assess the impacts on sensitive environmental receptors such as fish and marine mammals.

Jon Williams, technical director at Mott MacDonald, said: “With increasing demand for coastal resources and advanced expertise it is essential we use the most advanced technologies to analyse complex challenges and find optimal solutions. Our new agreement with DHI Group will promote collaborative working and knowledge sharing between colleagues in our offices around the world. It will also allow us to extend the services we offer to our clients who can be assured that they will receive the best service using the latest technology to deliver sustainable outcomes.”

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