The following case study presents how a functional design for a basic white water canoe/kayak course was prepared using InfoWorks ICM. A basic white water canoe/kayak course on the Yarra River has been under consideration for some time by Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water, and key stakeholders.
Parks Victoria commissioned Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) to prepare a functional design for a course at a proposed site following the completion of a feasibility study and a concept design phase. With few courses constructed in Australia let alone those built on a section of river, SKM developed a performance criteria for the course during the concept design phase and then used InfoWorks ICM along with environmental criteria to prepare a functional design. InfoWorks ICM was selected as the tool for the job, as it balanced the technical understanding required with cost (such flow conditions typically would warrant CFO and/or physical modelling) and also because, note the case studies authors, InfoWorks ICM’s 2D package offers the following features:
- uses an unstructured mesh approach
- is most suitable for rapidly varying flows;
- can represent varying boundary conditions;
- can internally create TIN ground models ;
- can easily be amended to represent course arrangements through the use of mesh polygons defining heights or changes in level; and
- is stable and quick to build
Our thanks to the case study authors, Adam Cambridge, Senior Engineer, JBA (formerly Hydrologist, Sinclair Knight Merz) and Robert Morden, Senior Hydrologist, Sinclair Knight Merz, for sharing this case study with us.