NIRAS Simulates Foundations’ Way Through Typhoons

first_imgAccording to the latest news from NIRAS, offshore wind foundation design can be optimised to withstand the actual conditions even in areas with extreme weather. The company detailed on this after running simulations based on actual typhoons in Taiwan, saying that this approach can lead to a less conservative design and that extreme weather does not mean higher costs.Image source: NIRASThe Denmark-based consultancy, which opened its Taiwan office in May 2017, said that even with new and popular methods such as Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulations, which NIRAS employs, using the right data in a simulation is vital and can affect not only the design, but also the costs.Using regular waves and water levels for a simulation or using extreme weather such as typhoons makes a difference, NIRAS states, explaining that its recent experiences have highlighted that regular waves are not sufficient as a basis for designing the most optimal offshore wind turbine foundations, particularly in areas with nonlinear extreme waves, like those in Taiwan or Northern Europe.Image source: NIRASIn addition to the aforementioned, NIRAS pointed out that the observations often lack a consecutive time series of metocean parameters; coherent observations of wind, weather and climatic conditions in a particular location – parameters that are extremely relevant for optimal foundation design. Consecutive parameters are particularly very important for correct simulation, especially with regard to the differences in wind and weather in different parts of the world, the consultancy said.“Taiwan is in the same situation as we were in Northern Europe 10 years ago. They have not used their seabed before and they lack data on wind and offshore – exactly the same situation as in Denmark a decade ago. Since then, however, we have accumulated a wealth of important data. That is why we run several actual typhoons through simulation to ensure we obtain the best data before designing the foundations for the wind turbines,” said Tony Erik Bergøe, senior specialist at NIRAS.According to Bergøe, NIRAS will continue to use this simulation approach on future projects to increase and improve knowledge for the design of future wind turbines.last_img read more

Diversity and Inclusion Summit held on campus

first_imgOver the next few days, the USC School of Dramatic Arts will host a series of events to start a dialogue about the divisive issues such as race, gender, culture, ethnicity and personal identity. This year’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit began on Thursday with a series of workshops, panel discussions and performances focused on generating conversations among students. The summit, which runs through Oct. 30, was organized by SDA Associate Professor Anita Dashiell-Sparks, and follows a similar event held last year. According to Jacqueline Lawton, an assistant professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one of the summit’s speakers, last year’s summit focused on trying to diversify SDA in both its admission program and academic offerings. The event, Lawton said, came as a response to students pointing out to Dean David Bridel the lack of diversity in both the student population and the courses the school taught. Lawton led a workshop on gender identity and how that plays on stage, as well as a workshop specifically geared toward using theater for social change. “My work is very specifically geared towards student identifying micro-aggressions,” Lawton said. “It can be from the lenses of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, whatever it is that causes pain or angst within them, so they can address it directly and speak about who they are.”This year, the program is split into two different sections. One part, which took place on Thursday and will take place again Saturday and Sunday, offers a series of panels open to the entire USC community. These panels offer perspectives on issues that are at the cornerstone of today’s social activism, including gender politics, cultural appropriation and the importance of making sure that artistic endeavors mirror the diversity of the population. One panel on Thursday afternoon focused on how gender is performed on stage, using the example of the play SEVEN. The panel featured one of the play’s seven playwrights to discuss the creative process involved with staging a play based on current events. Friday’s section is reserved for SDA students and faculty, and features a variety of breakout sessions and workshops with distinguished faculty from the department as well as guest speakers from all over the country. The finale of this event is the town hall at the end of the day, in which students can address questions and concerns directly with faculty and the directors of the program. The program features several more speakers, including writers and producers from shows like Empire and Private Practice, during its panels on Sunday on performing race and class struggles on screen. Sunday’s events also include a panel on how identity politics affects and is represented in mass media, led by the SDA faculty.last_img read more

Serena Williams set to tie the knot in New Orleans

first_imgIt said the event would cost more than $1 million and guests would be asked not to bring their cell phones because an exclusive photo deal has been signed with Vogue.Williams, 36, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, and Ohanian, 34, welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, on September 1.They announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.Williams won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant, and is expected to defend her title in Melbourne in 2018 — just four-and-a-half months after giving birth to her baby girl.Share on: WhatsApp Washington, United States | AFP | Tennis superstar Serena Williams is used to hoisting trophies, but on Thursday, it looks like she’ll be carrying a wedding bouquet.Music royalty Beyonce and Jay Z, along with actress Eva Longoria are among the A-listers reportedly convening in New Orleans for Williams’ wedding to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.People and The Daily Mail, citing unnamed sources, have reported that about 250 guests will be invited to the ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Big Easy.The Daily Mail said the wedding planning has been shrouded in secrecy and guests would not learn the details until Thursday morning.last_img read more

One dead, another injured in shooting near Churchill’s pub

first_imgPolice in Miami are currently investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another person injured just outside of a bar in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.The incident occurred around 9:00 pm Sunday near Churchill’s Pub on Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast 55th Street.Authorities say a man who had been shot walked into the pub seeking help. Patrons at the bar then contacted the police and the man was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. As police began their investigation into the shooting, they then noticed another victim who had been shot dead inside of a crashed vehicle not too far from the crime scene.Investigators say a single bullet hole could be seen on the passenger side of the white Lexus that had crashed into the side of a building near Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast 52nd Street.The victim was found dead next to the driver side door.Authorities are now searching for witnesses or possible surveillance footage from the scene.If you have any information about this incident you are asked to contact Crimestoppers at (305) 471- TIPS.last_img read more