“30 Years in Marine Consultancy – Some Past Achievements and Some Future Opportunities for the Next Generation” by Bill Cooper (Director, Cooper Marine Advisors Ltd)
By Angela FUNG
24 April 2018
Bill Cooper obtained a degree in Oceanography from Swansea University in 1986 and was interested in applied marine science particular in numerical modelling application and coastal process interactions. With the following 30 years of working experience in MOD, water engineering and environmental studies, Bill set up his own business called “Cooper Marine Advisors Ltd” in November 2016.
Bill has been specialized his business in numerical modelling throughout various projects. He coded underwater sound propagation through ocean front at Admiralty in 1987. By coding the wave propagation, 3D graphical visualization of ocean wave front could be obtained. Bill was also involved in pioneer project (pre-SMP) under South Wales Coastline Response Study by carrying out numerical wave and tidal model. This was useful in studying the offshore sand banks and coastline interactions. Apart from it, Bill also carried out simulation of coastal process studies to study the potential impacts on the environment in Environment Impact Assessment studies. Numerical modelling was very useful for wave, tide stream and tidal range projects in which we had less understanding on the irregularities in extreme events, loadings, turbulence and fatigue so far.
In future, lots of global opportunities are expected in this specialized area. In natural environment risk, numerical modelling can assist to assess impacts arising from climate change and changing risk profile which is challenging by using traditional EVA method. In terms of international trade, modelling can be used to design the new port development for bigger ships and deeper channels with consideration with various macroeconomic drivers. This can assist to study the Chinese vision of silk road on how funding to be invested across 60 countries. For the aspect of energy, numerical modeling can be used to study alternative sustainable resources on applying wave, tidal and ocean thermal for power generation together with transmission of energy from offshore to power grid system.
Generally, numerical modelling has been used in various industries in past decades. In the coming years, due to the complexity and lack of understanding of natural phenomena, it is anticipated that numerical modelling will place an important role in assisting project managers for decision making.