Jamel Banton, is a Coastal/Civil Engineer and Project Manager with nearly 20 years of experience in coastal and marine engineering. This experience covers a wide spectrum including data collection, numerical modelling, beach design, shoreline protection, hurricane analysis, coastal zone management, storm surge mapping, storm water management and environmental impact assessments. He has worked from concept stage to construction for a range of Waterfront and Infrastructure development projects (resorts, roadways, beach creation, shoreline protection, marinas, ports, etc). He has also garnered experience in coastal hazard mitigation for climate change adaptation, and has done post hurricane disaster assessments for major hurricanes.
He has worked on projects on 30 Caribbean Islands and has also worked in Central America.
As part of his M.Sc. thesis in the Netherlands (1999-2001), he developed a hurricane wave hind-casting software, HURWave. This has been used in scores of projects across the region in storm surge mapping and coastal structure design. His publication in the ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers, USA) Journal in 2013 presented the methods applied in this software for hurricane analysis. The paper was recognized by the ICE as a “Best of Research and Practice” for that quarter.
He has designed and supervised several physical model studies in Canada (NRC) and the UK (HR Wallingford) for structure stability and shoreline morphology.
He has designed breakwaters, groynes, access channels and revetments. He matches technical knowledge with practical experience in construction administration and on-site construction management. As a project manager, he has managed multi-disciplinary project teams of structural engineers, environmentalists, sociologists, surveyors, geotechnical engineers and mechanical engineers.