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Surf Loch Uses Siemens’ Tech for Perfect Wave Creation

Surf Loch has been leveraging software from Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio and automation technology to create wave pools that deliver ocean-quality waves that can be tailored to each surfer.

Surf LochBy combining the digital and real worlds in a comprehensive digital twin, Surf Loch has been able to master the creation of custom waves through software simulations, before building and testing in a physical facility.

This has enabled Surf Loch to deliver waves that match the needs of the surfer and produce them consistently and reliably according to their skill level. In addition to its software solutions, Surf Loch leverages other parts of Siemens’ Digital Enterprise portfolio, such as automation and drive technology, to optimize their surf pools.

“When we make a wave, we’re controlling every aspect of how that wave gets formed, to the 1000th of a second,” said Tom Lochtefeld, Founder and CEO of Surf Loch. “Working with Siemens gives us the unique ability to connect the real and digital worlds to achieve that level of precision. By embracing this kind of digital mindset, we can provide surfers with 400 waves an hour; in the ocean, the average surfer would be lucky to get five.”

Surf Loch uses a range of solutions from the Xcelerator portfolio to create different wave variances while still ensuring they feel like surfing on the ocean. The team creates a digital twin of the wave, and then uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and multidisciplinary optimization to identify all the key set points of the wave generation equipment to produce the desired wave.

Surf Loch also uses Teamcenter® software to manage data and documents, and through the cloud, capabilities can work with partners to revise drawings and design collaboratively.

Before leveraging Xcelerator, Surf Loch started using Simotion motion control, Sinamics drive technology and the engineering framework TIA Portal from Siemens to reach the needed accuracy of the physical waves in the pool.

Together, the solutions create versatile and customizable waves. They allow beginners to learn on a consistent, repeatable waveform, whereas more skilled surfers can choose which waves they want to ride.


Aishwarya Saxena

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