Ben Williams

Dr, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

  • The University of Western Australia (M053), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Ben Williams is a coastal and ocean engineer with more than 20 years of global project experience spanning academia and industry.

Ben has a wide range of experience in measurement and numerical modelling, hydrodynamics, waves, sediment/particle transport, and infragravity processes for coastal vulnerability, structure design, renewable energy, and the operability of port and terminal developments.

He is a Discipline Expert for the Engineers Australia accreditation panel, and an active member of the Engineers Australia Maritime Engineering Working Group, contributing to the development and advocacy of engineering standards and practices.

Previous positions

  • University of Western Australia (Research Fellow in Coastal and Ocean Engineering)
  • Royal HaskoningDHV (Principal Coastal Engineer & Metocean Manager) 
  • Worley
  • Cardno Pty Ltd
  • Univesity of Plymouth, UK
  • Halcrow Group Ltd, UK

Research interests

  • Coastal hydrodynamic and morphodynamic processes
  • Tidal inlet and estuarine processes
  • Infragravity waves and harbour resonance 
  • Remote observation of ocean wave spectra
  • Application of machine learning techniques and High-Performance Computation (HPC) to metocean modelling

Education/Academic qualification

Geological Oceanography, B.Sc. (Hons), Bangor University

Coastal Engineering, Ph.D., University of Plymouth

Physical Oceanography, M.Sc. (Distinction), University of Plymouth

External positions

Maritime Engineering Working Group, Engineers Australia

2023 → …

Managing Director, OceanAnalytics

2021 → …

Accreditation panel Discipline Expert, Engineers Australia

2017 → …

Industry keywords

  • Oceans
  • Built Environment
  • Environmental
  • Energy

Research expertise keywords

  • Physical oceanography, nearshore processes, waves, currents
  • Coastal engineering
  • Coastal evolution and storm response
  • Numerical modelling of coastal processes
  • High performance computing
  • Metocean
  • Machine Learning
  • Harbour resonance
  • Port developments
  • Dredging
  • Sea floor dynamics


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