HR Wallingford Acquires UK-Based DRL Software

HR Wallingford Acquires UK-Based DRL Software

HR Wallingford, the international hydraulic and environmental engineering consultancy, has acquired UK-based DRL Software. DRL Software develops environmental monitoring software with coastal, offshore and estuary applications. Their DRL-Sediview application is used by dredging companies, environmental engineers and scientists, and research institutions worldwide.

Sediview is used to analyse raw data from acoustic doppler current profilers (ADCPs). It gives users high quality insights into the distribution of sediments suspended in water over extensive areas. This information is critical for marine physical monitoring studies when establishing baseline conditions and for monitoring potential impacts during construction works. The software is frequently used on large infrastructure projects such as port developments.

Bringing DRL Software into HR Wallingford was a natural next step for us” explains HR Wallingford Director, Dr Mike Dearnaley. “We have a long history of collaboration with DRL Software, and Sediview complements our existing marine monitoring, sediment transport and dredging expertise. This is a positive step for both our clients and for the Sediview user community.”

HR Wallingford has plans to extend Sediview, as Mike explains: “We want to make Sediview accessible to a much larger group of users. We are planning development work to ensure that Sediview remains at the forefront of technical advances in the marine measurement industry, and that we continue to meet the user community’s evolving needs.

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Dredging Today Staff, December 7, 2011; Image: hrwallingford