Report available

From this moment on, our final report and accompanying appendices are available at the following links:

Final report:
Final Report iSiLucia

The appendices are only available as draft.
Appendices DRAFT iSiLucia

We have arrived!

After 30 hours of travelling we finally reached Durban! After passing customs and picking up our baggage we were greeted by three UKZN students. The students drove us to Chelmsford B&B, our home for the upcomming few weeks. After checking in and a warm welcome by our hostess we went for a quick dinner (picked up some pizza) and a nice night of sleep.

This morning we had breakfast at the Chelmsford Bed & Breakfast. English breakfast with eggs and bacon! After breakfast we were once again picked up by the students we already met the other day. After a quick tour through the Civil Engineering department we they helped us with getting the required student cards (the university compound is guarded by guards and no card means no access) and things like network access. Around lunchtime we joined in on a small seminar with two intermediate-masterthesis presentations respectively about sinkholes and floculation in the St Lucia Estuary. After lunch (free pizza after the presentations) we went back to Chelmsford in order to sort out more things like Cellphone cards.

Accommodation arranged, workplan almost finished.

With only two weeks left before departure lots of work is being done in order to be ready for the project in time. Our workplan is almost finished and our local contact have are aware of our arrival time and date.

Yesterday our housing has been confirmed by our spokesperson from the university of Kwazulu Natal. During our stay in Durban we will be housed in the Chelmsford Bed and Breakfast. Roughly 1 kilometer away from the university of Kwazulu Natal. The City center of Durban is a tad bit further away but the distance should not pose to be a problem.

Scheduled day of departure: August 30th, 21:00, Dusseldorf airport. Scheduled moment of arrival: Around 17:00 o clock August 31st.

Tickets have been booked!

Tickets have been ordered and our plan just became reality. Near the end of our summer holiday, on the 30th of August 2011 our journey towards St Lucia starts. Our basecamp will be setup in Durban, about 200 kilometers south of St. Lucia. Of course we will spend numerous days in iSimangaliso National Wetlands Park however we still have to arrange this with our on-site supervisor. We will spend the entire months of September and October on our research project.

Research Subject

Wednesday the 8th of June,  we have been told about our research topic. From consultations between Ir. Verhagen, South African stakeholders, and the University of KwaZulu Natal it became clear that our subject of research will bethe backchannel. This channel will connect the mouth of the iMfolozi river with the lakes of St. Lucia.

Each year, this channel will discharge between the 30 and 60 million cubic meters from the iMfolozi river into the lakes of St. Lucia. Besides the quantity of water, it is very important that this water is free of sediment. If too much sediment flows into the lakes of St. Lucia, they will be filled with sand and silt, since these lakes don’t have any discharge. Beacause of this the sediment will sink down to the bottom and not be transported to the sea.

The mouth of the iMfolozi is located behind a beach/sandbar. During wet periods the water will be stored behind this beach. During really wet periods with heavy rainfall these beach/sandbar have to breach. When the beach fails from breaching the sugarcane farmers, which are located next to the river, will be flooded.

In the channel between the iMfolozi river and the lakes of St. Lucia a weir/spillway has to be constructed. This structure will be able to regulate the amount of water which will flow into the lakes and also has to prevent sand and silts from entering the lakes. The structure has to be constructed in a environmental manner in order to minimize the disturbance of the landscape.

We do have several reports, made by PhD’s and also a 1D model of the iMfolozi river. The model and reports and model will be very useful for making a design.

Now the assignment is clear, it is time to buy the tickets and to orientate us more on this topic!


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