- 4th July 2019
- Posted by: Sophie Smith
- Category: Blog
Dan Rodger, Director of Jeremy Benn Pacific (JBP), is back in the UK and visiting several of our offices, including Newcastle, Warrington, Wallingford, Tadcaster, Haywards Heath and our head office in Skipton, to give an update of what’s been happening across the pond in Australia.
Having recently moved to a larger office in Brisbane, JBP (a subsidiary of JBA Consulting) works with communities to improve resilience to extreme weather and Climate Change. They have been working on tropical cyclone climatology, assessments of weather hazards, coastal engineering and flood forecasting.
Whilst in the UK, Dan has presented to Environment Agency staff in Worthing on Tuesday 2 July about the coastal risk management experiences learned from his work throughout Australia. As a coastal engineer, Dan welcomes the opportunity to share these experiences including topics of coastal hazard adaptation strategies, beach nourishment alliances and physical modelling.
JBP forms part of our international offering which addresses the needs of government and business in understanding and addressing future engineering challenges associated with climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. We also focus on capacity building to enable countries to build their skill sets.
Around five of our JBA colleagues have previously been seconded to JBP for a three to six-month period where they have worked on a range of coastal, flood and GIS projects.
Secondment opportunities benefit our staff by giving them the opportunities to travel and to explore new cultures, whilst exposing them to a more diverse range of projects and situations to develop their technical skills. On their return to the UK, secondees are then able to share the skills they have learnt with their colleagues to benefit and help improve potential solutions for projects closer to home.