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Short Courses

Please Note: These events require an additional ticket. Attendees must be registered for the Conference (full or daily) in order to register for the short courses.

All short courses take place on Sunday, September 15.

Vessel Mooring and Berthing

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Instructors: John W. Gaythwaite, P.E., D.PE, D.CE, M.ASCE; Martin Eskijian, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE

This eight-hour short course provides an introduction to the determination of vessel berthing and mooring requirements and design loads for fixed marine structures such as piers, wharves, dolphins, and other port and harbor structures. The material presented is applicable to offshore terminals as well but does not address design of free-swinging single point or spread moorings. The course is oriented toward providing civil/structural engineers and port and marine terminal operators necessary background information for designing and evaluating berthing and mooring structures. This course is offered with the option of purchasing “Design of Marine Facilities for the Berthing, Mooring & Repair of Vessels, 3rd Edition” at a package price.

Member w/o book | EB: $245 | ADV: $275 | ONS: $310
Member w/book | EB: $345 | ADV: $375 | ONS: $410
Non-Member w/o book | EB: $295| ADV: $325| ONS: $355
Non-Member w/book | EB: $395| ADV: $425| ONS: $455
Student Member w/o book | EB: $125| ADV: $165| ONS: $205
Student Member w/ book | EB: $175| ADV: $215 | ONS: $255

Waterfront Inspection, Testing and Rehabilitation for Waterfront Facilities

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Thomas Spencer, P.E., S.E., D.PE, P.Eng, M.ASCE, Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol; Ron Heffron, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE, Vice President, COWI; Charlie Roberts, P.E., M.ASCE, President, Childs Engineering Corporation; Noah Elwood, P.E., M.ASCE, President, Appledore Marine Engineering, LLC; Paul Roberts, P.E., West Coast Area Manager, Sea Engineering, Inc.; Bill Bruin, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.; Terence M. Browne, P.E., F.ASCE, Vice President, Collins Engineers, Inc.

Waterfront infrastructure represents a significant investment and owners have a vested interest in maintaining and extending the service life of these aging assets. Exposed to the harsh marine environment, these structures are subject to increased degradation when compared most inland assets. Most owners find the goal of providing proactive and cost-effective maintenance to be a challenge. Recognizing these drivers, the ASCE/COPRI Ports & Harbors Committee developed Waterfront Facilities Inspection and Assessment (ASCE Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practices No. 130) and is finalizing the companion manual Waterfront Facilities Rehabilitation.

The intent is to not only provide owners and engineers with guidance on choosing inspection techniques but also to determine the assessment and appropriate rehabilitation approach. The result is a process that will assist owners in maintaining their waterfront assets and extending the service life. The eight-hour course is designed to help facility operators, owners, and engineers:

  • Understand industry best practices for the professional engineering inspection and assessment of waterfront facilities - including above and below water;
  • Develop, scope, and solicit facility inspections and assessments;
  • Discuss nondestructive testing (NDT) and partially destructive testing (PDT) methods, which aid in the assessment and rehabilitation of facility assessments; and
  • Determine appropriate rehabilitation techniques.

This course is offered with the option of purchasing “Waterfront Facilities Inspection and Assessment” at a package price.

Member w/o book | EB: $245 | ADV: $275 | ONS: $310
Member w/book | EB: $345 | ADV: $375 | ONS: $410
Non-Member w/o book | EB: $295| ADV: $325| ONS: $355
Non-Member w/book | EB: $395| ADV: $425| ONS: $455
Student Member w/o book | EB: $125| ADV: $165| ONS: $205
Student Member w/ book | EB: $175| ADV: $215 | ONS: $255

Planning, Design and Implementation of Automated Terminals

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Ashebir Jacob, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol; Larry Nye, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol; Pekka Ranta, Senior Project Manager, Automated Container Terminals, Moffatt & Nichol

This four-hour course will provide attendees with interactive experience by demonstrating an actual automated terminal development process. The course will include a comprehensive discussion of container handling automation and terminal design. As the challenges associated with port development evolve, the course will address:

  • Next generation terminal best practices
  • Benefits of automation
  • Benefits of rail-mounted container stacking cranes
  • Process for planning and designing an automated terminal
  • Cost and schedule considerations

Member | EB: $175 | ADV: $205 | ONS: $235
Non-Member | EB: $225 | ADV: $255 | ONS: $285
Student Member | EB: $65 | ADV: $105 | ONS: $145

Large Floating Structure Design

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Instructors: Shannon Kinsella, P.E., PMP, M. ASCE, Principal, Reid Middleton; Don Oates, P.E., D. P.E., DBIA, M. ASCE, Managing Principal, KPFF; John Cross-Whiter, P.E., M. ASCE, Senior Ocean Engineer, Glosten; Jim Parkins, P.E., M.ASCE, Sales Manager, Marine Construction, Concrete Technology Corporation

This four-hour course will provide attendees with general knowledge of the steps and considerations for selection, design, and construction of large floating structures. The course will include many examples and lessons learned from completed large floating structure projects including the world’s longest floating bridge, the Evergreen Floating Bridge in Seattle. The course will include a broad discussion of large floating structures. The course will provide civil/structural engineers and port/marine terminal operators with a comprehensive overview of planning, design, and construction considerations for large floating structures. The course will preview information that is being prepared for a future ASCE Manual of Practice on Large Floating Structures.

Topics include:

  • History and use of large floating structures such as bridges, marine terminals, ferry docks, attenuators, even swimming pools and golf greens! The course will not address offshore platforms, barges, and inner harbor marina structures. (Wave attenuation performance will be discussed in the complementary class on breakwaters).
  • Planning considerations including suitability and siting analysis, operational features and requirements, shore connections, superstructures, utilities, and appurtenances.
  • Environmental considerations and feasibility including water depths, wind, wave, current, ice, and other loading conditions as well as analysis and modeling
  • Pontoon and Anchor design considerations including an overview of anchor types and selection, structural design of concrete pontoon systems, and other considerations
  • Fabrication and construction considerations including fabrication facilities, quality control, launching, and towing

Member | EB: $175 | ADV: $205 | ONS: $235
Non-Member | EB: $225 | ADV: $255 | ONS: $285
Student Member | EB: $65 | ADV: $105 | ONS: $145

Dredging 101—Fundamentals of Dredging

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Instructors: Don Hayes, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE, Research Environmental Engineer, USACE ERDC; Walter Dinicola P.E., M.ASCE, Principal Engineer, Anchor QEA

This four-hour course will provide attendees with interactive experience by discussing dredging operation and dredging projects. The course will help improve communication between parties involved in dredging projects to increase efficiency and effectiveness through a better understanding of equipment and operations. This course will be split into two parts:

Part 1: Equipment and Operations

  • Understand what “dredging” is and what it looks like
  • Most common reasons dredging is performed
  • Basic knowledge of typical dredging equipment
  • Understand the role of sediment management in project execution
  • Broad recognition of placement alternatives
  • Concept of beneficial use

Part 2: Environmental Aspects of Dredging Projects and Operations

  • Distinguish between dredging for navigation, environmental, mining and flood control
  • Understand environmental issues associated with dredging, transport, and disposal/placement
  • Understanding regulatory framework for navigation dredging
  • Monitoring objectives and challenges
  • Beneficial use options for dredged material

Member | EB: $175 | ADV: $205 | ONS: $235
Non-Member | EB: $225 | ADV: $255 | ONS: $285
Student Member | EB: $65 | ADV: $105 | ONS: $145

Theory and Design of Floating Wave Attenuators

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Jack C. Cox, P.E., D.CE, M.ASCE, Principal Coastal Engineer, SmithGroup; Craig Funston, PE, Chief Engineer, Bellingham Marine

This four-hour course will provide attendees with an understanding of how attenuators do and don’t work, the expected scale (size) of an attenuator needed to perform adequately, and the practical limitations in the use of attenuators. This course builds on the large floating structure design course but may be taken independently. The course will guide the marine designer and engineer through the planning and design of floating wave attenuators. The course will address the following:

  • Site characterization and development of appropriate design criteria
  • Theory of wave transmission past partially immersed and floating bodies, 1-D and 2-D
  • Estimations of wave forces applied to floating bodies
  • Structural design considerations for floating pontoons and interconnections of pontoons
  • Design of restraining systems including piles, catenaries and Elastic moorings
  • Product survey and case studies

Member | EB: $175 | ADV: $205 | ONS: $235
Non-Member | EB: $225 | ADV: $255 | ONS: $285
Student Member | EB: $65 | ADV: $105 | ONS: $145

Grant Writing Workshop—Transportation, Infrastructure, & Resiliency Funding Opportunities at Ports

1:00–5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Lisa Scola, Principal and Grants Specialist, Scola + Associates; Pierce Homer, Transportation Director, Moffatt & Nichol

This four-hour course will provide attendees with a practical understanding of the grant lifecycle process tailored to the infrastructure funding needs of the port. This course will provide an overview of port, transportation, and resiliency-related federal and state competitive grants from the perspective of requirements from grant agencies and the port projects. Topics include:

  • Trends in funding, sources, and types of projects
  • How to position, craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
  • Typical port projects funded nationwide
  • Rules, regulations, and impacts the grant-funded on project implementation
  • Technical and financial grant reporting and closeout process

Member | EB: $175 | ADV: $205 | ONS: $235
Non-Member | EB: $225 | ADV: $255 | ONS: $285
Student Member | EB: $65 | ADV: $105 | ONS: $145

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