SurfZoneView finalist for KiwiNet Award

SurfZoneView was used by NZDF to support beach landings on a recent mission in Fiji.

SurfZoneView was used by NZDF to support beach landings on a recent mission in Fiji.

The New Zealand Defence Technology Agency (DTA) and MetOcean Solutions are finalists for the 2017 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Award. The award is for the SurfZoneView tool, which was developed by MetOcean Solutions in partnership with the Defence Technology Agency (DTA) to support beach landing operations conducted by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). The DTA is the main provider of research, science and technology support to the NZDF and the Ministry of Defence.

The KiwiNet award is New Zealand’s premier event celebrating the organisations and individuals that turn scientific discoveries into innovative products and services that will grow the New Zealand economy.

SurfZoneView is one of three finalists in the running in the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership category.

SurfZoneView is a tactical decision aid to support beach landings. Moving people and equipment from sea to land is one of the most complex tasks completed by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Amphibious operations are required when port facilities are not available, most commonly when supporting our neighbours in the Pacific or New Zealanders at home after natural disasters such as Cyclone Winston and the Kaikoura earthquakes. The safety and success of amphibious landings are largely dependent on surf conditions.

In humanitarian and disaster relief, safe and efficient transfer of people and equipment is required. SurfZoneView is a fast, reliable and simple software tool that can be used by command teams to plan and execute safe and efficient amphibious and nearshore operations. Based on hydrodynamic modelling, SurfZoneView allows a rapid assessment of the waves and currents at any coastal location. Clear, easy-to-use maps of the nearshore conditions are displayed, and tools are provided to assist with operational decision making.

In 2016, SurfZoneView won the Ministry of Defence Industry Awards of Excellence in the category 'Provision of a product to Defence for less than $15 million'. 

KiwiNet (the Kiwi Innovation Network) is New Zealand’s network of public research organisations, working together to transform scientific discoveries into marketable products and services.

The winners of the award 2017 KiwiNet Awards will be announced on 13th July 2017.

Read more about the nomination on the KiwiNet website.