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2013 Award Recipients Recognized at PORTS

COPRI is pleased to announce the following recipients received their awards at PORTS '13.

Kenneth M. Childs, Jr. Practioners Award

Joe Thomas Bryant, P.E, M.COPRI – Joe Bryant's competence, technical expertise, integrity and commitment to the port profession have established him as a leader that his fellow professionals admire. Through his contributions to the ASCE COPRI Ports & Harbors Committee, Mr. Bryant has demonstrated the highest ethical and professional standards to his peers. His leadership has established a benchmark that will be remembered within the port engineering community, the Ports & Harbors Committee, and COPRI.

Viswanath Krishna Kumar, M.ASCE – V.K. Kumar is internationally known for project management and engineering expertise within the coastal engineering, port engineering, and construction communities. Throughout his 45-year career, Mr. Kumar has established a reputation as an innovator in planning, engineering design, and construction of waterfront facilities. As a mentor within the industry, Mr. Kumar is known for sharing his expertise with professionals and lay-persons alike. His mentoring commitment has had a lasting impact on his fellow engineers, enabling younger professionals to evolve into leaders in the practice of ports and harbors engineering.

COPRI Project Excellence Award

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda  

Large Project Category: Bellingham Marine in partnership with H+K Engineering Group for their work on Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) Marina, Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

The project was designed and constructed for Victor International and consisted of building a world class superyacht facility on a small island in the British Virgin Islands. The island’s limited infrastructure and the region’s exposure to dynamic weather events created some unique challenges for the team.

Accolades were given by the judges for the team’s success in delivering an award winning facility for YCCS Marina that addressed the difficult environmental conditions associated with the remote, deep water project site and the needs of the large yachts mooring to the docks. The project was also praised for its exemplary use of engineering best practice.

Broadway Pier  

Small Project Category: The Project Excellence Award, in the Small Project category, was awarded to Moffatt & Nichol – Blaylock for the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier. The project owner is the Unified Port of San Diego.

The project represents design and construction of a modern structural steel building on a 1913 historic pier to serve as a public space and cruise ship terminal. The challenges included a seismic retrofit of the supporting pier, and strengthening its brittle structure and a novel structural steel design of the building placed on the pier.

Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize

Patrick J. Lynett, Ph.D., M.ASCE, associate professor and John and Dorothy Shea Early Career Chair in Civil Engineering in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California, is honored for his pioneering research in wave modeling and prediction that led to new methods for quantifying tsunami inundation and hurricane wave overtopping, since adopted by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as standards for evaluation and design. Lynett is an internationally recognized leader in developing improved engineering methods for applications to coastal areas. His paper, “Modeling Wave Runup with Depth-Integrated Equations,” published in Coastal Engineering in 2002, is considered a landmark in the field of modeling wave effects numerically.

John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award

Larry W. Nye, P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Moffatt & Nichol Award for his many contributions to the port industry, including his development of a quantifiable process for container planning and analysis, pioneering the process of integrating planning, design, and operations, and his dedication to sharing his knowledge experiences and best practices. Senior vice president at Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Nye has over 35 years of experience in port master planning and container terminal design and has participated in many inland connectivity projects involving moving containerized cargo from ports to inland destinations via road and rail. 

Nye provides specialized experience in capacity analysis, terminal operations analysis, and gate and intermodal yard design, and has planned and designed ports throughout North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Serving as a port planner as part of the Port of Vancouver’s multi-stakeholder assessment of the Port’s rail network to support existing operations and accommodate future growth, Nye was involved with the development of a dynamic simulation model of the Greater Vancouver rail network. This included incorporating the port’s major marine terminals, plus the Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway’s main yards in the cities of Surrey and Port Coquitlam in British Columbia, Canada.