Efficiently predict wave disturbance in ports, harbours and coastal areas

Simulate short and long period wave conditions to support planning, design and operations with this proven software

Why MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves?

Assess wave dynamics inside ports and harbour basins by reproducing the combined effects wave phenomena

Understanding the wave disturbance in a port is one of the most important factors in determining optimum harbour layout which considers acceptable wave disturbance, ship movements, mooring arrangements and handling downtime. Rely on the MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves model for your most comprehensive wave studies as it reproduces the combined effects of all important wave phenomena.

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Fast calculation of wave disturbance in ports and harbours caused by natural wind-waves, swell and long period (infragravity) waves.

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Calculate vessel response using truly dynamic mooring analysis by using output for MIKE 21 Boussenesq Waves

Calculate port operability using dynamic mooring analysis

For smaller ports and harbours, downtime is often estimated using recognised guidelines based on wave heights. For large ports accommodating bigger vessels, it is recommended to undertake dynamic mooring analysis for downtime assessment and optimisation. The seamless connection between MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves and MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis allows you to quickly simulate the vessel motions and hence the overall port operability.

Transform offshore waves to coastal areas

With MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves, you can transform wave fields covering large areas into complex areas where phase-averaged models (like MIKE 21 Spectral Waves) comes up short. This feature is particularly beneficial in cases where it’s important to take into account the effects of wave diffraction and wave reflection.

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Wave transformation from offshore to large complex coastal areas where spectral wind-wave models comes at short.

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Simulation of real sea states into protected areas where spectral models come up short

Rely on this practical wave disturbance modelling tool with a proven track record

Join the extensive community of MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves users who have relied on the software’s accurate and trustworthy wave simulation results for hundreds if not thousands of greenfield and brownfield port developments projects worldwide. Feel confident in the accuracy of your wave disturbance calculations as comparisons to physical model tests often have revealed just about 10% difference in results.

Which wave disturbance modelling software should you choose?

Use MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves for:

  • Standard port agitation simulations in shallow waters
  • Studies where wave non-linearity is not a major issue
  • Addressing wave concerns in large areas
  • Situations where limited computational power is available

Use MIKE 3 Wave FM for:

  • Deep water simulations (e.g. deep ports) and cases with short waves
  • Solving complex 3D problems such as undertow or working in complex domains
  • Flood studies that involve wave breaking, run-up and overtopping
  • Studies that require wave kinematics
  • Analysing wave transmission or reflections caused by porous structures

Count on MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves to support design, planning and operations

Port Planning

Analyse operational wave conditions within ports, harbours and terminals. Determine wave disturbance caused by wind-waves, swell and infragravity waves.

Port Design

Assess wave disturbances in ports to support layout optimisation. Use the model output directly to calculate vessel operability.

Coastal Engineering

Calculate wave conditions in large coastal areas where wave diffraction, wave reflection and wave-wave interaction are important.

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Featured software subscription package

Ports and Maritime

This affordable subscription package includes MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves, MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis, MIKE 3 Wave FM and MIKE 21 Spectral Waves plus additional modelling tools for port and maritime applications.

Additional capabilities & unique features

Save time and improve your modelling workflows using MIKE Zero’s upgraded editors and viewers. Take advantage of new keyboard shortcuts and themes, improved tabbing, tear off and cascade functionality plus easier access to User Guides and Scientific Documentation.

MIKE Zero, DHI’s fully Windows integrated graphical user interface, is now better than ever and comes standard with all MIKE 21/3 software. Enjoy easy access to new MIKE Cloud applications and Cloud-enhanced functionality, plus an extended set of MIKE tools within theme-based (rather than product-based) interactive workflows. Ensure important model components such as sources and structures stay at the forefront with a new interactive, customisable floating mapping window. Lastly, the updated tabbing functionality will help you work in a more organised and efficient manner.

Regardless of how well you undertake your modelling work, clear communication of results is crucial to its value and recognition. Present time series plots (1D, 2D and 3D), data checking by graphical and tabular view, statistics, 2D/3D animations and time series analysis (using WSWAT) with specialised tools. Create plots and instantaneous 2D animations of wave disturbance coefficient and simulated surface elevations with the Plot Composer Tool. Create realistic 3D scenes, including buildings, ships or other solids, visualise waves in 3D, produce professional fly-through animations and more with MIKE Animator Plus. Bonus: MIKE Animator Plus is included in all software subscription packages.

Using the Generate Sponge and Porosity Layer Map Tool, you can easily create sponge (or absorbing) layers along model boundaries to provide radiation boundary conditions, which absorb wave energy propagating out of the model area. These sponge layers may also be used along shorelines. Simulate partial wave reflection and/or wave transmission through various types of structures by creating a porosity layer map using this same tool.

To support the preparation of wave boundary conditions, MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves includes multiple options for internal wave generation depending on the type of waves; regular, irregular or directional. Generate regular wave data with the Regular Wave Generation Tool and irregular and directional waves with the Random Wave Generation Tool. These tools support the most widely used type of frequency spectra as well as user-defined spectra and directional distributions.

Providing MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves with a suitable bathymetry is essential for obtaining reliable results from the model. The Bathymetry Editor provides an efficient environment for creating, editing and presenting detailed digital bathymetries.

The deterministic output dialogue of MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves allows the user to save time series of surface elevations in points, along transects or in domain areas for subsequent analysis and visualisation.

The computational engine of MIKE 21 Boussineq Waves has been parallelised using shared memory architecture. This provides faster simulations on systems with many cores.

Additional analysis (of both dfs0 and dfs2 data) including spectral, directional, filtering or crossing analysis of the model output can be made using the WS Wave Analysis Tool.

The phase-averaged output dialogue of MIKE 21 Boussinesq Waves allow users to save a large number of commonly used derived variables. Select between two types of phase-averaged wave statistics, cumulative and subseries. With Cumulative Statistics, the output items are updated regularly corresponding to a specific update interval. In the case of Subseries Statistics, the output items are set to zero at the update interval.

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