Research and development

JBA Research and Development

Innovation is at the heart of all we do

We invest strongly in research and development, responding to the needs of clients to provide bespoke innovative solutions and incorporating the latest technical knowledge through collaboration with industry, academia
and government.

Case studies

Innovation is one of our core values and research and development are essential components of many of
our projects.

Our commitment to innovation and technical excellence has enabled us to deliver a diverse range of industry leading projects over the last decade, and to sustain our reputation for industry leading innovation, technology and methodology development.

JBA Flood Foresight
Flood Foresight

Near real-time and forecast flood and
rainfall data

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JBA JFlow map example

Fast, accurate representations of flow routing across flood plains

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JBA ForeCoast Map
ForeCoast® Marine

Manage metocean risks across the lifecycle of your marine development

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Without people and communication there is no innovation.

We enable innovation at all levels and across all technical disciplines by encouraging all our people to propose new ideas – from faster and more efficient processes to completely new tools and software.

We utilise web-based platforms to explore new ideas and embed the latest developments into our day to day projects.


We have strong links with world renowned research organisations and academic institutions in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Collaborative research and development is fundamental to our innovation strategy and allows us to access cutting edge academic research and apply it in a commercial setting.

Currently, we are working with the Industrial Doctorate Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE)
in Edinburgh.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Following our work with Lancaster University as part of the Ensemble initiative we have created a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). Building on the work done by a team of software, data science and communications researchers in the Flood Risk Sprint, the KTP will apply novel techniques from software engineering and data science to help build a better understanding, and more effective management, of the risks of flooding.


The IDCORE programme is a four-year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) course in marine renewable energy. As a sponsor company, we are hosting two IDCORE students in the Marine and Coast Risk Management team.

During this industrial placement, the research engineers are working on the further development, testing and application of our sophisticated metocean planning and forecasting tool ForeCoast® Marine – as seen above.

Development is being conducted in collaboration with the IDCORE Universities, the Met Office, EMEC and a major offshore wind developer.

We can help you

If you would like to discuss how we can work together please contact Douglas Pender.


+44 (0)131 319 2940

JBA Trust

We work with the JBA Trust to support research into risks in the water environment.

Visit the JBA Trust website