OPERATIONAL FLOW MODEL
The Operational Flow Model is used to measure and predict water levels and flow rates. The system consist of physical devices (buoys) in combination with advanced flow prediction software to make accurate predictions. The system and its end user tools contribute to improve the safety and efficiency of maritime traffic near the port. By accurately visualizing the conditions on the water, the Operational Flow Model reduces the risk of collisions and damages, and increases the safety of many people that are working in ports. The system also increases the economic efficiency of the port by accurately provide insights on during which time periods ships can enter a port.
Use case: Port of Rotterdam
We manage the Operational Flow Model for the Port of Rotterdam. The system calculated the water levels, flow rates and salinities four times per day with a prediction window of 42 hours. The system generates these predictions in the form of graphs, tables and animations which are made accessible through a website managed by us and through the intranet of the Rotterdam Port Authority. A web application visualizes the dynamic time windows during which large vessels can safely enter the Port of Rotterdam.