Wave disturbance modelling in ports

This two-day, hands-on course will teach you the fundamentals of wave modelling and give you an introduction on how to set up wave agitation models for various applications using the MIKE 21 Boussinesq Wave (BW) in both 1D and 2D. The course will also help you predict and analyse wave conditions in ports where accurate assessment of wave impact is of utmost importance.

The disturbance inside harbour basins is one of the most important factors when engineers are to select construction sites and determine the optimum harbour layout in relation to predefined criteria for acceptable wave disturbance, ship movements, mooring arrangements and handling down-time.

MIKE 21 BW module is the state-of-the-art tool for studies and analysis of short and long period wave disturbance in ports and harbours and coastal areas. It includes full surf and swash zone dynamics.


  • Introduction to wave modelling using MIKE by DHI Software
  • Theoretical background and application areas of MIKE 21 BW
  • MIKE 21 BW setup planner
  • Bathymetry generation
  • Wave generation
  • Wave absorption using sponge layer maps
  • Wave reflection / transmission using porosity layer maps
  • Calibration techniques and model validation
  • Using the utility software of MIKE 21/3 Flow Models
  • Analysis and presentation of results, including video animation
  • Introduction to advanced applications (eg. wave breaking)
  • Hands-on exercises
  • Overview of MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis (MIKE 21 MA)


Professionals in port engineering. It is recommended that the participants have a basic knowledge of wave hydrodynamics either through experience or through following the course 'MIKE 21 Flow Model HD - 2D hydrodynamic modelling using ‘classic' grid' prior to the course.