Many projects need to evaluate hypothetical scenarios on lakes, rivers and coastlines:
- Estimating project impacts on water quality
- Optimizing project designs and evaluating alternatives
- Quantifying extreme design conditions (storm surge and waves)
This can be confusing and difficult!
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- State-of-the-art computing software
- An understanding of complex water processes
- Staff trained on the type of model software best suited for the job
Lacking these may put your project at risk
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• WEC used the 2D SWAN model to evaluate the wave conditions acting along the pier. The wave load calculations supported a safe and cost-efficient structural design of the new pier.
• WEC used the CORMIX model to design a single-port diffuser resulting in favorable whole effluent toxicity limits and the EFDC model to ensure the discharge would not affect the dissolved oxygen within the river.
• WEC’s analysis included extreme hurricane storm surge simulations with the ADCIRC hydrodynamic model. The study established water level, current velocities, winds, waves, and scour potential to aid the safe and cost-efficient structural design of the facility improvements.
• Services included numerical modeling with a 3D application of the EFDC model to assess hydrodynamics, sedimentation, and water quality effects of the proposed deepening. The results were incorporated into the Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement and saved on the order of $100M in mitigation costs.
• Project included field measurements for bathymetry and current velocities, numerical modeling with EFDC, and permitting support.
• Under contract with MDB Consulting Engineers, P.A, WEC completed field measurements and water quality modeling of the proposed discharge to demonstrate the project’s compliance with state water standards, potentially saving millions in project capital costs.
• The study defined storm surge, wind, and wave conditions for various return periods to develop appropriate performance and survivability design criteria.
• WEC refined and improved FEMA’s ADCIRC model to estimate storm surge levels under pre- and post- project conditions. The analysis provided an accurate prediction of changes in storm surge elevation, which were included in the Environmental Impact Statement.
• The project required extensive field measurements of tidal water levels, current velocities, and marsh vegetation and 2D numerical modeling to aid the wetland and tidal creek design.
• WEC prepared detailed design drawings and specifications for the wetland site, maximizing restored areas and minimizing construction costs and maintenance requirements.
• WEC conducted depth and tidal current velocity measurements to set up and calibrate a model (EFDC and CORMIX) to simulate the discharge’s thermal mixing within the Cooper River.
• The results aided in evaluating an appropriate outfall diffuser location. Through open communication and a collaborative approach, WEC provided the preliminary design of the outfall diffuser and permitting support to increase mixing and reduce the thermal impacts.
• Services included site surveys, numerical modeling, and conceptual design. WEC used a 2D numerical model to simulate tidal propagation through narrow canals to aid the design of the new wetland and tidal creek system.
• WEC developed a storm surge analysis methodology to include improving the FEMA ADCIRC model for the region. WEC worked with ATM to complete the hurricane modeling analysis.
• The study results provide a more robust assessment of the storm surge and sea level rise scenarios within the upper St. Johns River and tidal tributaries, which the County can incorporate into stormwater infrastructure design.
WEC uses these modeling tools to support project designs and provide defensible estimates of environmental effects:
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Advanced Numerical Modeling
Robust suite of models to optimize designs and evaluate environmental effects
We’ll help you maintain water quality while avoiding unnecessary environmental impacts
Technical Field Monitoring Capabilities
Experienced staff in collecting data needed for model setup and calibration
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