26 Sep 2014

Successful fifth User Group Meeting and IWRM training in Vietnam

We successfully organised the fifth Vietnamese MIKE by DHI User Group Meeting (UGM), which took place on 16 September in Ho Chi Minh City and on 18 September in Hanoi.

The user group meetings were well-attended by 97 professionals from government organisations, consultancies, universities, local authorities and public utilities, who seized this excellent opportunity to network and share knowledge with other software users and our water modelling experts.

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This year, the primary focus was on sustainable water resources management, including tools and solutions to help local water professionals efficiently manage challenges such as flooding, which is of great importance throughout Vietnam.

The user group meetings offered a well–balanced combination of presentations by local software users and our modelling experts. It was a great opportunity to present recent news in our MIKE by DHI software products as well as MIKE CUSTOMISED for reservoir optimisation for water resources management. We especially appreciated the strong interest from participants in the latest feature in our flood modelling software - the possibility to speed up simulations in MIKE FLOOD using multiple GPU cards.

Prior to the user group meetings, we conducted three-day consecutive integrated water resources management (IWRM) training courses. They focused on tools to implement IWRM – enabling environment, institutional roles and management instruments. During the courses, the 37 participants had the opportunity to enhance their ability to undertake IWRM with special focus on watershed and river basin catchment management as well as ecosystems and climate change aspects. The courses were arranged in collaboration with the UNEP-DHI Centre, the work of which includes promoting IWRM at national, international and cross-national levels as well as supporting climate change resilience through considered water resources development, management and use.

The Vietnamese water sector has a long history and thorough knowledge of our technology. MIKE by DHI software products have been the most popular modelling tools in Vietnam for almost 15 years. Every year, we organise a number of MIKE by DHI software and thematic training courses and offer local technical support from our offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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