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The University of Manitoba Hydraulics Research & Testing Facility (HRTF), was established in 1995 with funds provided by Manitoba Hydro, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada, The Province of Manitoba, and the University of Manitoba. The 650 square metre facility, which occupies the space of the former hydraulics laboratory, houses a constant-head tank (with a maximum discharge of 0.50 cms), a variable slope flume, a hydraulic model flume, a random wave flume and a counter-rotating ice flume. A 110 metre square area is available for the construction of hydraulics model(s). The facility is equipped with wood working and electronics shops as well as a range of electronic instrumentation, including: 3-axis acoustic Doppler velocimeters, electromagnetic flow meters, hot wire anemometry, pressure sensors, load cells, servo-motor positioning equipment, capacitance-type water level sensors, acoustic transducers, and high speed data acquisition and signal conditioning hardware. All data acquisition equipment is networked to high end PC's which are used for data analysis and numerical modelling.