Vikings is History channel's historical drama television series filmed in Ireland, it premiered on March 3, 2013 in Canada and the United States,
Vikings needed a controlled wave tank environment to shoot boat scenes that called for intense special effects, combining heavy wind, waves and rain.
The tank needed to be set up in front of the 100’ green screen at Ashford Studios in Ireland. To ensure the tank walls weren’t in-shot, the tank had to be filled to the brim and maintain the horizon line during the action.
Vikings used 38 OMEY wave basin wall modules to build their half million litre wave tank. In just four weeks the 85’ x 85’ tank was supplied, fitted and filled.
OMEY prepared and sealed the existing concrete slab before installing a steel rail as an ideal, flat sealing edge under the wall units. OMEY tested the design and fixing up to 6tons of force, a x4 safety factor before installing the rest of the wall modules.
In just four days the complete tank was assembled at the studio and made water tight ready to be filled and filmed.
Breda Walsh Production Manager, Vikings IV said: “Having the wave tank at the studio has already saved us a lot of cost and hassle out on location during the winter. OMEY gave us a smart solution in a tight timeline and budget, without hitch. We found them very professional.”