Job title: Principal Scientist – I specialise in numerical modelling of waves.
Professional background: MSc in Computational Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics. BSc in Engineering Maths. Elective Member of IMarEST.
When did you join HR Wallingford? In 1989.
How do you apply your knowledge? I specialise in studies to predict wave conditions for the design of coastal structures as well as assessing the impact of such structures like harbour breakwaters on wave conditions in the surrounding area. I have worked on many studies throughout the world including the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For example within the UK, I have set up and used wave models of the Port of Dover port to advise on the wave climate as part of their planned expansion. I have also set up services to provide short term (2-5 day) marine forecasts for a variety of clients such as the offshore renewable sector in the UK, liquefied natural gas (LNG) operators for example in Chile, and Network Rail in Scotland. The aim of these services is to help end users to plan weather sensitive operations or assess whether there is likely to be any damage to their assets. I am also involved in HR Wallingford’s Research and Development programme to improve the accuracy and quality of the wave modelling tools we employ and also participate in the R&D board meetings.
What do you enjoy about your work? I enjoy the wide variety of work, be it due to the location or the specific problem to be solved. I also enjoy the challenges of developing and working with new modelling software. HR Wallingford also provides excellent working environment within the beautiful Chiltern Hills and other than being closer to the coast, I think would be hard to match.
Within the UK, I have set up and used wave models of the Port of Dover port to advise on the wave climate as part of their planned expansion. I have also set up services to provide short term (2-5 day) marine forecasts for a variety of clients.