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Worldwide ports boom boosts Wallingford wave research

BOOMING PORT and harbour construction worldwide has triggered record demand for hydraulic research, consultant HR Wallingford said this week.

Demand for study of the performance of coastal structures has tripled over the past two years, prompting the firm to invest £3.5M in a new testing facility in Oxfordshire.

The company is engaged in research worth £2.5M for developments in Libya, Germany, Madagascar, Qatar, Hong Kong, Uganda, Kuwait and Belgium.

'There are similar laboratories in Denmark and the Netherlands but we do seem to win more than our fair share of work.

It is not only UK consultants that employ us - many clients are international firms, ' said HR Wallingford director Keith Powell.

'The facility is state of the art and uses sophisticated wave generation to create the most realistic tidal and weather conditions ever simulated.

'The new facilities will be able to generate a multi-element, random spread of directions to model storm conditions accurately, ' he added.

Contractor Dean & Dyball built the new 11,000m 2Froude Modelling Hall, which will officially open in spring next year although four recently completed wave basins are already in operation.

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