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Design of Port Facilities

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

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    Course Dates: May 10 – July 30, 2021     Register Now

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    Purpose & Background

    For the past almost 30 years, engineers at port authorities, consulting firms have no educational background in wave mechanics, wave/current forces on marine structures, or mooring/berthing loads onto structures. And with very few universities teaching this material, the only way it’s usually learned is by working in the field. These 5 ‐ 6 modules (none in parallel) provide the background in marine/port engineering, and the prospective student will have an appreciation of the 3 issues and problems associated with this field. At the very least, the student will know what questions to ask and the background/references provided in these modules are the basis for port engineering.


    Martin L. Eskijian P.E., D.PE, (Ret.), M. ASCE and  William M. Bruin P.E. D.PE, M.ASCE

    Course Benefits

    • List types of port structures (e.g. wharves, piers, docks, bulkheads breakwaters, sheet pile structures, etc.)  
    • Describe basic design criteria for port structures. 
    • Explain wave theories and wave/current forces on piles/seawalls.
    • Demonstrate concepts of berthing analysis and fender design.  
    • Describe mooring analysis and passing vessel loads.  
    • List the considerations surrounding submerged pipelines.
    • Explain the rehabilitation/inspection of existing port structures.
    • Apply performance‐based seismic design for new port structures.  
    • List geotechnical considerations.
    • List container crane design considerations.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Identify common types of port structures and relevant load paths.
    • Identify the necessary basic design criteria for port/harbor structures, all applicable loads, and recommended load combinations/factors.
    • List the basics of wave mechanics and the associated loads transferred to port structures.
    • Compute berthing and static mooring loads on a port structure.
    • Describe the basics of submerged pipelines, loads, free spanning, and vortex shedding.
    • Explain performance‐based design for seismic analysis.
    • Apply the basics of geotechnical considerations for design of port structures.
    • Be able to evaluate if an existing port structure needs to be rehabilitated.
    • Describe the issues associated with container cranes.

    Assessment of Learning Outcomes

    Learning outcomes are assessed through multiple tests, interactive knowledge checks, and case studies, as well as weekly forum participation throughout the course.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Entry level engineers employed at port authorities, consulting firms, etc. who need to become familiar with the many facets of analysis/design of port infrastructure.  
    • Engineers seeking to move into port engineering from other civil/mechanical disciplines (e.g. buildings, pipelines, etc.)
    • Senior level management personnel who might have recently assumed responsibilities over port engineering without any background.  
    • Engineers seeking to gain expertise in a subject; possibly taking one or two classes, but not desiring to complete a “certificate.”

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Rate: Member $1545 | Non-Member $1895