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Integral Sponsors 2017 Ocean Waves Workshop: Craig Jones and Grace Chang to Moderate Sessions and Present

Craig Jones, Ph.D., and Grace Chang, Ph.D., of Integral Consulting Inc. (Integral), will moderate sessions and present on novel tools for wave measurements and modeling at the Ocean Waves Workshop at the University of New Orleans on December 7, 2017.  The workshop provides a forum for scientists, engineers, and managers to explore issues relevant to ocean waves.  Integral is a sponsor of this year’s workshop.

Dr. Chang will moderate Session 2, “Development of a Wave Modeling Framework to Protect Life and Save Property,” and will present “Wave Energy Converter (WEC) Effects on the Nearshore Environment,” coauthored with Dr. Jones, Jason Magalen of Solmar Hydro, and Jesse Roberts of Sandia National Laboratories.  During her presentation, Dr. Chang will review the use of predictive modeling tools to evaluate the potential effects of WEC arrays on nearshore processes and effects on wave propagation, with an overall goal of helping accelerate the realization of commercial-scale wave power.

Craig JonesDr. Jones will moderate Session 4, “Accessibility of Wave Information for Scientists, Engineers, and Managers,” and will discuss “Wave-Measuring Performance Characteristics of Spotter, A Newly Developed Wave Measurement Buoy.”  Coauthored by Kaus Raghukumar, Ph.D., Dr. Chang, Frank Spada, and staff from Integral global partner Spoondrift, this poster presents validation testing performed with the Spotter, a low-cost, solar-powered wave buoy platform.  The validation results showed that the Spotter reliably produces high-quality wave measurement data with accuracy comparable to or better than current commercial off-the-shelf wave measurement technology.

During the workshop, attendees will explore recent advances in using wave information to support operations, and share lessons learned and scenarios encountered that relate to wave forces.

For more information on these topics, or on Integral’s marine sciences capabilities, contact Dr. Jones at or Dr. Chang at

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