Surfing experience in a simulation wave pool as part of the Siemens Beyond 150 prize
Australia is synonymous with surf culture, but the perfect wave isn’t always easy to find. While beach hopping and unpredictable swells can be part of the overall fun, location and timing can create barriers to entry for those looking to break in. As the nation’s most advanced simulation wave pool, URBNSURF brings the barrels to Melbourne’s northern suburbs, providing accessibility to surf in a state-of-the-art recreational environment.
This 20,000 square meter wave lagoon is powered by Siemens automation and drive components, and is just one of the exciting destinations in this month’s Beyond 150 competition. To honor 150 years of transforming everyday life on Australian soil, the company is offering the chance to win a series of dynamic technology tours through the country’s most attractive tourist regions.
Winners of this month’s raffle will be taken on an immersive journey through Melbourne and the Yarra Valley, gaining an exclusive insight into Siemens’ digital infrastructure. The tour includes a scenic helicopter ride to Levantine Hill Estate for a wine tasting and dining experience, as well as a visit to the Melbourne Museum to see how their energy upgrade project maintains valuable artifacts.
The trip to URBNSURF will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how Siemens technology powers the wave pool, followed by surf lessons and lunch. Access the same swells enjoyed by world-renowned surfing champions.
The lagoon itself contains the amount of water equivalent to 15 Olympic swimming pools and can generate up to 1,000 waves per hour. It is also Australia’s largest recycled concrete structure, reusing construction materials from Melbourne Airport for the walls and basin. Importantly, the entire park is powered by 100% renewable energy and has prioritized environmental awareness in its ongoing development.
The wave generator is powered by 46 modules, located under a series of batteries. These rectangular boxes are aligned edge to edge across the width of the pool and are connected to a series of powerful, automated motors. The digital software platform allows operators to make precise adjustments to peeling angles, swell height and wave direction.
The impressive infrastructure is another example of how Siemens ‘technology with a purpose’ is helping to shape Australian cities through world-class innovation.
The second monthly Beyond 150 competition draw is now open and professionals from all sectors are invited to apply before the closing date of May 31, 2022. The package includes return flights to Melbourne and accommodation for two people. Register here.