HPC computing’s role in improving engineering design

As part of the JBA Group we are lucky to have access to one of the largest TUFLOW licence pools in the world along with our world-class data centres to really make the most of HPC computing. What this results in is some REALLY FAST simulations.

With these capabilities we have been able to drastically increase the number of model runs we can do for a given project. This means we can do more calibration and validation but we can also thoroughly test the effects of many different engineering designs in some of the big estuarine systems we have in Australia. All within a timeframe similar to a TUFLOW Classic modelling project. Recent investments in our hardware have alone resulted in some of our models running 4x faster and the previous setup was no slouch. HPC is not always the way to go but when it is appropriate it can be a huge asset.

As well as more model testing we can perform all of our simulations at the best resolution we can based on the available data and the locality in question. In some of our upcoming projects we will be looking at using TUFLOW’s new Quad-tree capabilities to improve flow calculations in smaller channels and to really refine our models to get some exceptionally high-quality outputs.

As much as it can be, this is a really exciting time to be involved in hydraulic modelling!

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