“Sea State Verification System” – a Tool (under development) applying real time Oceanography to Marine Operations from Tender to Construction

Frans Schlack

Pilbara Ports Authority


The Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) recently completed the last phase of its Channel Risk & Optimisation Project (CROP) utilising a Dredging Spread consisting of a large Cutter Suction Dredge and two Split Hopper Barges in a near ‘Open Ocean’ environment. The Project experienced long bouts of ‘Inclement Sea State’ in which the Dredging Spread could not operate which in turn led to significant ‘Stand By’ costs. Despite the Dredging Contractor specifying the sea state parameters its equipment could operate up to in the Contract, most of the time those parameters were not reached whilst the Dredging Spread genuinely could not operate to avoid significant damage. This situation led to the development of the prototype of the Sea State Verification System to determine in which sea state conditions Marine Equipment can work up to. Once fully developed, it is expected this System can be applied at the tender stage to ensure both Proponent and Contractor will have a system against which ‘Stand By’ claims can be evaluated and contractually managed.

2019 COAT NSW – Guidelines for Session Chairs

Thank you for chairing a session at the 2019 COAT NSW Conference.

Whilst we don’t anticipate any changes please check the final program again prior to your session.

Below are some tips to assist you with the chairing process. Most importantly, please ensure you start and finish all presentations on time and keep to the order in the program.


Before the Session

  • All presenter names, affiliations and biographies are available on the conference website.
  • A printed copy of presenter names, affiliations, biographies and presentation titles will be provided in each room for the session chair. Please use this information to introduce the presenters.
  • Please go to your session room 10 minutes prior to the start time to meet the presenters, to familiarise yourself with the room and to introduce yourself to the AV Technician allocated to your room. There will be a technician in the room throughout the session who will assist with uploading presentation files for each presenter and troubleshooting technical issues should they arise.
  • There will be a space reserved for the session chair in the front row of each room with timecards (5 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute), and a bell for signaling the end of each presentation.
  • Advise the presenters that you will be signaling the time and ringing the bell when they must stop.
  • Presenters will load their presentations with the in-room technician at least 1 hour prior to the commencement of their session. If they have not done so, please direct them to the technician.
  • Presenters will be asked to sit in the front row of the theatre so they can move to the lectern quickly at the end of the previous presentation.
  • You will be advised of any housekeeping items or program updates by the registration staff or committee. Please announce these at the beginning of the session.
  • There will be a Q & A microphone on a stand in the aisle. Ask a member of the audience to be a microphone ‘runner’, if required.

During the Session

  • Begin the session on time by asking that all electronic devices are turned to silent.
  • Please use your phone to keep to time (your phone is more accurate than having individual clocks).
  • Please use the lectern microphone to introduce the presenters and at the end of the presentation for questions.
  • Introduce each presentation with the title, the presenter names and affiliations, and brief biography overview.
  • If a presentation is withdrawn, a presenter does not arrive, or a presentation finishes early do not bring the next presentation forward, use the time for questions. Delegates will be planning to come to presentations based on the published session times.
  • Ensure each session starts and finishes on time. Each speaker has been advised of the length of their presentation, which includes time for questions and answers at the end.
  • At the end of each presentation, be prepared to ask a question if no questions are forthcoming from the audience and if time allows.
  • Do not ask any questions if the presenter has used all their allocated time.
  • At the conclusion of the session, thank the presenters and present them with their gift (these will be located at the space reserved for the session chair in the front row of the room).
  • Use any remaining time for questions and discussion.

If you have any queries, please direct these to the registration desk during the conference or email  mail@conferencedesign.com.au prior to the conference.

Bluelink ocean forecasting session

Dr Edward King1, Commander Barbra Parker4, David Griffin1, Madeleine Cahill1, Emlyn Jones1, Ron Hoeke2, Stephanie Contardo3, Paul Branson3, Tracey Pitman1, Matthew Chamberlain1, Peter Oke1, Uwe Rosebrock1, Simon Pigot1, Gary Carroll1, Gary Brassington5, Pavel Savov5, Prasanth Divakaran5, Xinmei Huang5, Aihong Zhong5, Mirko Velic5, Justin Freeman5, Russell Fiedler1, Andy Hogg6, Andrew Kiss6


1CSIRO O&A, Hobart, Australia, 2CSIRO O&A, Melbourne, Australia, 3CSIRO O&A, Perth, Australia, 4Royal Australian Navy, Sydney, Australia, 5Bureau Of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia, 6Australian National University

Bluelink is an ocean forecasting partnership between the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, Department of Defence, and other collaborating partners. Its goal is to “Develop and maintain world-leading global, regional, and littoral ocean forecast systems to support Defence applications and maintain a national ocean forecasting capability for Australia.”.


The new Bluelink Strategic Plan to 2025 will be introduced at the start of the session. This will be followed by talks on key components of Bluelink most relevant to Australian operational oceanography i.e. global ocean forecasting (OceanMAPS), the relocatable model (ROAM), littoral forecasting, data assimilation, and downscaling.


The Bluelink global forecasting capability supports a category one operational system at the Bureau of Meteorology that delivers services for a range of national applications. Sustaining an internationally competitive performance from this capability into the future will require national and international collaboration to tackle the next generation developments. The current forecast system, the Ocean Model, Analysis and Prediction System (OceanMAPS) version 3.1 has been developed through successive Bluelink projects. A next generation global ocean forecast system (OceanMAPS version 4) is under development with a target for operationalization in 2020. A gap in the national operational ocean forecast service resides in finely resolved regional and coastal modelling. Some progress has been made for the majority of the Australian coastline with state-based modelling systems. Recent projects have examined the feasibility of downscaling the global system to finer scales (e.g. 1/50° resolution). With the OceanMAPS global capability maturing into an internationally competitive system, and the downscaled forecast systems achieving genuine performance gains, opportunities arise for the uptake of these products by a broader range of stakeholder applications as well as their adoption by downstream service providers and the Australian research community.


The Relocatable Ocean-Atmosphere Model is the component of Bluelink that sits between the global models and the littoral models, in terms of spatial and temporal scales. ‘Relocatable’ means that instead of being set up and optimised for some fixed geographic domain, ROAM can be set up wherever the user wants. In this talk, we focus on the important question of how accurate and/or realistic the simulations are, by comparing them to a wide range of IMOS observations, including various quantities recorded by gliders, moored ADCPs, Argo floats and HF radars. A particular focus is ROAM’s ability to simulate the depth of the mixed-layer, because of this quantity’s importance to 1) sound propagation in the ocean, and 2) the vertical mixing of heat, nutrients and phytoplankton near the surface of the ocean.


Shortcomings in littoral forecasts are being addressed so as to improve their accuracy and usefulness. Here, we present an overview of past and ongoing efforts, which fall primarily into three categories: the development of value-added forecast products; improvement of numerical prediction models and their interconnectivity; and development and ingestion of emerging data sources. In particular the recent expansion of high-resolution, (relatively) cost-effective coastal remote-sensing technologies holds significant promise to improve and inform all three categories.


Bluelink Reanalyses (BRAN) continue to developed and run for the ocean around Australia and the world at 0.1 degree resolution, assimilating observations such as sea surface temperature, sea level anomalies and Argo profiles of temperature and salinity. Data assimilation (DA) at multiple spatial scales is being explored as a way to improve the efficiency of the system to correct large features (diameters of several hundred km) in the deep ocean. High-resolution (0.1 degree) ocean background states are averaged onto a coarse 1-degree grid, reducing the mesoscale variability in the state. The initial DA cycle uses a coarse ensemble that has larger spatial correlation patterns. The second DA cycle is at high-resolution, based on BRAN_2015. Increments from both the low and high-resolution DA cycles are used to update the ocean state. Initial results show this approach reduces innovation errors in analysis and forecasts, especially in the deep ocean.


A system for automatically configuring and executing a model to predict the past, present, or future state of the ocean developed under Bluelink. This Bluelink Modelling Framework (BMF) makes it feasible to configure and execute high-resolution regional models anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. It runs on small scale desktop or laptop and HPC environments alike, deploys execution and services into the ‘cloud’ and has a distributed service-driven architecture. Ongoing development is increasing support for more use cases and a wider range of end-user and client needs. This includes an increasing number of domains and model choices, such as relocatable atmospheric downscaling and wave modelling.

Live a Life You Love

Prepare yourself for an engaging and empowering presentation where Jo takes you on a journey of self discovery. When you can tap into your true creative potential you are in the flow of life. Anything is possible. Like riding a wave you surf from one crest to the next, building momentum. 
Through sharing her own story of living and breathing her work to the point of realising her successful international art career, Jo facilitates her audiences ability to tap into their intuition, make good choices and practice focused, passionate determination to ultimately realize their dreams. 
Sometimes, through the stress of life you lose connection with your creativity, intuition and imagination. Jo integrates the powerful elements of Neuroenergetic Kinesiology into her presentation to give her audience practical tools that assist in times of stress, helping them realise their next steps in life by engaging the full potential of the skills, knowledge and experiences they have accumulated thus far.

Jo Wooler

Jo Wooler 
Mojo Creations
Inspired by her life on the sea and the creatures within, internationally acclaimed sculptress Jo Wooler (aka MojoCreations) has been designing and creating superlative sculptures from marine grade stainless steel since 2000.
She exhibits at AAF (NYC), the National Maritime Museum (Paris), Andemic Art Gallery (New Caledonia), Majlis Gallery (Dubai), the World Trade Centre (Amsterdam), select galleries throughout Australia and on-board her floating gallery (a 46 foot catamaran that she just sailed back to Cairns from Vanuatu).
In recent years her study to become a specialized Neuroenergetic Kinesiologist has taken her creativity in a new direction. She is working with the brain / energy connection to facilitate holistic healing for her clients on a cellular level.
Her passion is to empower others to live a life they love.

VET-TAFE Session

Time Topic
1100 Introduction
1110 Keynote Speaker: Janelle Chapman, Executive Director of TAFE Queensland International
1130 Discussion Session: What is the differences
between University and TAFE institute
1140 Discussion Session: What is the gap of student
support between University and TAFE
1150 Discussion Session: What is the support required
from TAFE institute for International students

Australian Education Consultants Alliance

Australian Education Consultants Alliance

The current AECA president for the term 2016-18 is Mr. Niraj Shrestha. He is the director of Neil Consultancy which was established in 2006. He is a registered migration agent since 2007 and he is also a Licensed Conveyancer for NSW.  He studied Graduate Certificate in Migration Law ( Australian National University) and He holds a Bachelor in Food Technology and also studied Information System. In addition to this, He studied in Macquarie University which led him to be the licensed Conveyancer in NSW.

He is a social worker and is involved with many social and community organizations. He held different positions in NRNA which is an association of Non Resident Nepalese living in more than 79 countries. He was one of the key members of the organizing team that hosted the regional conference of NRNA in Sydney back in 2012. He attends regularly in regional and global conference which happens every year across the globe and is one of the key members in the constitution committee. He believes in team work and he encourages everyone to participate actively to achieve the goal of the organization.

He writes frequently in community newspaper about changes in migration legislation and how it impacts the future visa applicants. He runs seminar in both overseas and Australia about Australia’s migration law and talks about different visa subclasses and skilled migration. He has helped many to come to Australia on skilled permanent visa and Australia has become home for many of his clients who had never thought they would touch down Australia one day.

Australian Education Consultants Alliance

Australian Education Consultants Alliance in short AECA is an association of education and migration agents registered in Australia. It was established in 2012 and it had more than 40 registered agents in the beginning but few of them have become the education providers. Now it has nearly 30 members working in education & migration arena and few of our members have more than 10 years of experience in this field.

AECA organizes education and migration fair in both overseas and Australia to promote Australian educational institutes. It had recently organized a successful migration fair in Sydney inviting representatives from Department of Home Affairs, Fair work ombudsman, state government, Education providers and ANMDA (Australian Nepalese Medical & Dental Association). AECA members are bound by code of conduct and they are self regulated.

Alice Maclean

Director Student and Graduate Visas
Department of Home Affairs

Alice Maclean is the Director Student and Graduate Visas section at the Department of Home Affairs. She focuses on ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of the visa programs and managing risks within them. Alice also seeks to engage constructively with the international education industry and provide clear guidance to students and education providers. Alice’s team providers decision makers with all the tools they need to do their job, including advice about how to apply legislation and assistance with complex cases.  Alice has had a varied career in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection working in roles as diverse as detention management to creating legislation.

Ralph Teodoro

Chief Marketing Officer
Council of International Students Australia

Ralph Teodoro is an international student leader and ambassador for international students hailing from the UAE with Filipino heritage. Based in Brisbane, Queensland – Ralph has been pursuing a degree in Nursing at QUT where he also holds several student leadership positions, both paid and unpaid roles. He was a former International Student Mentor at QUT and Brisbane International Student Ambassador for Study Brisbane – which involved him in the promotion of Brisbane city as a premier international student destination. This experience has also enhanced his personal and professional growth through the various events and functions of the program correlating with international student affairs.

Ralph is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for the Council of International Students Australia and has greatly contributed to the successful lead up to the conference. A keen advocate for international students and youth, he has devoted his time, commitment and passion for the international education sector in hopes of enhancing the international student experience in Australia.

Connect with him during the conference!


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