Understanding the key metocean processes that impact a development site is fundamental. It is a prerequisite for selection of appropriate data sources and assessment of data integrity. Attention also needs to be paid to the characterisation of these processes for clients, who may not be metocean specialists.

Oceanalysis Ltd provides clients with a clear and pragmatic interpretation of metocean data, to highlight the key features of engineering significance. Efforts are also made to deliver metocean data products in a convenient digital format for efficient input to engineering software packages.

In addition to the broad knowledge of metocean processes required for successful consultancy, specialities include solitons, current profiles and squalls. This is reflected by many projects for individual clients, the key role played in related Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) and numerous publications.

A soliton is an oceanographic process responsible for strong rapidly varying currents that represent a hazard to offshore activities. Gus has personally initiated two JIPs to improve the understanding and quantification of these events for offshore industry.

Squalls, driven by thunderstorm downdrafts, are a major operational consideration in many offshore regions and dominate extreme winds in a few. Like solitons, these small scale features are difficult to model and require rapidly sampled measurement for reliable quantification. Gus has considerable experience of squalls from three JIPs and other projects, considering West Africa, Gulf of Mexico, South China Sea and Australia.

Vertical profiles of ocean current are a key input to engineering in offshore oil, gas and renewables. Gus pioneered new methods of current profile characterisation over 15 years ago and made a key contribution towards a recent related JIP.