Oil Simulation Tracking

In April of 2011, the Shannon Estuary Anti-Pollution Team (Sea-Pt) launched the OilmapWeb system, a web-based version of OILMAP for oil spill response.

If an oil spill incident occurs, Sea-Pt in collaboration with SFPC can use this simulation to accurately track and predict the extent of the spill within the estuary. This can allow for the implemtation of a fast, precise response at predicted locations. 

The system is comprised of three parts:

  1. An interactive mapping system developed using Adobe Flex technology which includes an interactive oil spill model and visualization of GIS resources. The system connects to map data served by the Ordinance Survey oilsim Ireland (OSI) that provides high resolution Orthophotographs. These land-side maps are seamlessly integrated in the system with nautical chart data from the British Admiralty, and GIS layers are included that provide information for ora, fauna and other sensitive data and infrastructure.
  2. The oil spill modeling system is the new server version of OILMAP – a database system that allows remote clients secure access to run and retrieve oil spill simulations. For Shannon, the OILMAP model uses high resolution wind forecasts from Nowcasting Weather and hydrodynamic data from a hydrodynamic model implemented by Hydroenvironmental Ltd.
  3. A multimedia reference section contains information pertaining to emergency response, recovery, and the sensitivity and vulnerability of the region. The Emergency Plan, Pollution Plan and Booming Plan contain information regarding agreed-upon actions to be taken during any emergency or potential emergency in the estuary, including guidance for oil spill response actions in dierent sections of the estuary. The interactive mapping system is connected to the response plan through map hot links.

When an oil spill occurs, the user can run the oil spill model, entering the location of the accident, and amount and type of oil that is released. OilmapWeb uses this information and the latest wind and current forecasts to provide trajectory and weathering results. These results identify the areas that may be impacted and links to the relevant response strategies for those regions. The user may examine details for these areas, including information on suggested response activities, access availability for responders and contact information for the relevant regional authorities.This project represents the next generation of oil spill decision support tools, allowing multiple remote users to model, interpret, and respond to emergencies using the latest web technologies. For more information on this project, visit ASA Applied Science.


Hugh Conlon (Shannon Foynes Port Company), Mayor Maria Byrne and Mark Whyte (Nowcasting International) at the launch of the new SEAPT Online GIS Model