Coastal beaches continually erode and accrete, with most beaches achieving a dynamic equilibrium through a balance in supply and loss. However in some locations where sediment supply is interrupted, foreshores can continue to recede. Human activities can have a major impact on coastal processes. Our challenge is to meet the increasing pressure to develop the coastal zone with environmentally sound practices - ensuring that coastal amenity and natural character are protected.
BMT WBM highly respected team of professional coastal engineers and scientists regularly investigate all facets of the physical and ecological coastal system. We have a wealth of experience in preparation of plans and strategies for coastal management and we are leading the way in providing expert consultancy services to local governments and decision-makers under new coastal legislation around the country.
Coastal studies regularly undertaken include:
- Baseline data collection studies
- Investigations of coastal processes and erosion problems
- Advanced computer modelling (1, 2 and 3D) of waves, currents, water levels and sediment transport
- Hydraulic and sedimentation studies of estuaries, ports and marine projects
- Port planning impact assessment studies
- Dredging and dredge material management strategies
- Sand bypassing investigations
- Coastline hazard definition studies
- Coastal management planning
- Coastal lake entrance management
- Metocean modelling and data collection.