Job title: Scientist – I specialise in hydrodynamics. This means I use TELEMAC to predict the tidal flows and water levels in civil engineering studies.
Professional background: PhD in Applied Mathematics.
When did you join HR Wallingford? In 2006 following the completion of my PhD in ‘Numerical modelling of two-phase flows in inclined pipelines’, where I looked at implementing numerical methods for unsteady gas-liquid stratified and bubbly flows in inclined pipelines and combined risers.
How do you apply your knowledge? I use hydrodynamic models from the TELEMAC suite to predict what currents will do. So, for example I have recently completed a study for a port in Kuwait where we assessed the impact of the port developments on the hydrodynamic regime. I also carried out cyclone modelling in Australia for liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects to predict extreme cyclone surge and currents at the site. This also allows the owners of LNG platforms to identify appropriate cyclone locations to safely moor the ships in the event of a cyclone is forecast. I have also worked on flushing assessments studies, for example on a waterfront development near Abu Dhabi. These studies assess dispersion and mixing in water bodies (e.g. marina) and determine whether the marina is likely to remain stagnant and suffer water quality problems.
What do you enjoy most about your work? Apart from the large variety of projects, I really enjoy that I am working with international experts in this field, and I can continuously update my knowledge as we are always working on new and better ways of doing things. We work as a team, benefitting from the variety of backgrounds which makes the working experience very collaborative. I also like the project management part of the job and having contact with the clients. I feel it is important to have a mixture between project management and technical work. And it is worth mentioning that the building and the park around us are pleasant to be in as they are light and airy.
I really enjoy that I am working with international experts in this field, and I can continuously update my knowledge.