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Construction of Port Facilities

  • COPRISponsored by COPRI and the COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee Certificate in Port Engineering Task Committee

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    Purpose & Background

    The main objective of this course is to introduce young professionals to the construction practices used widely for ports and harbors. The course will explore the real-life major construction challenges and the practical management techniques to deliver projects from the initial planning stage through construction closeout and maintenance for all types of port terminal facilities to include automated container terminals and the challenges in working around active terminals. The knowledge gained from this course will enhance the practitioners' credentials in managing the process of capital improvements projects for the ports and harbors practices.


    Antoine Chemali, MS, P.E., CCM

    Course Benefits

    • Learn the critical port facilities needed to support efficient operations, and the economic contributions of ports on national, reginal, and local economies.
    • Understand the unique challenges associated with construction of new port facilities and challenges in working around active terminals.
    • Explore required project permits from federal, state, and local agencies.
    • Know the construction techniques of port facilities (hydrographic survey, dredge/fill operation, rock work, wharf construction, sheet piling, backland development, support facilities, and required infrastructure).
    • Learn real-life challenges and practical solutions for various construction elements such as pile driving, sheet pile obstructions, handling of unsuitable soils, and unforeseen obstructions.
    • Understand the basic elements of a hydrographic survey, GPS positioning, measurement of depth, tidal corrections, and the use of surveys to measure progress and ensure quality performance.
    • Explore the new trend of automated container terminals and the challenges associated in planning and delivering the projects, in addition to the pros and cons of planning and operating such terminals.
    • Learn the critical components for successful project delivery systems and the various models adopted by various agencies.
    • Gain hands-on knowledge of construction management best practices based on real-live challenges and solutions.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Explain the process of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) delivery.
    • List various design & construction element requirements and associated risks.
    • Describe projects within and around active terminals.
    • Identify the construction management techniques (quality/ schedule/ budget).
    • Explain maintenance requirements and budgets.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Port project and construction managers/consultants
    • Port tenants/operators
    • Port staff
    • Other construction service providers

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Early Bird Rate: Member $1395 | Non-Member $1695 
    Regular Rate: Member $1695 | Non-Member $1995