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Napier, New Zealand



Managing the impact of dredging and disposal on the environment in the construction of the new wharf at Napier Port requires the project team to regularly engage with key stakeholders and maintain compliance with resource and regulatory requirements throughout.  The wharf, of which construction is well underway, will offer extended vessel capacity and meet the future growth profile for the region.

As part of the wharf development, a dredging programme will create a new turning area and ensure ships can safely use the wharf.

Providing an instrumental role in managing the dredging requirements is FME, the data integration platform.  The development of a 3D model of the new wharf together with data of various formats and sources, transformed in FME to provide complete transparency over the intended depth, estimated volume and nature of the dredged material.

“Working with FME has enabled the project team to communicate visually and with the utmost clarity on all environmental and biosecurity factors related to the wharf construction” explained Matthew June, Infrastructure GIS/CAD Technician at Napier Port.

Matthew also went on to say “FME provides me with the ability to connect and transform data sets that compare dredging estimates with actuals and track operational performance on a daily basis”.

Dredged material is deposited at a consented site east of the port and the precise nature of the volume and location is tracked by FME.

3D modelling enabled by FME, means dredged deposits are monitored in real time and any potential conflict with marine wildlife, birds, biosecurity, water quality or cultural impacts are identified and mitigated.