Planning, Design, Construction, Repair and Renovation of Docks and Marinas

Richmond, British Columbia /
Mar 4 - 5, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-1026-2358

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After participating in the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand important planning considerations
  • Know how to evaluate a site for suitability
  • Know what to look for in dock and anchorage systems to best serve the present need and future growth
  • Be aware of new innovative materials and construction techniques to provide excellent value and profit
  • Determine the cost-benefit of renovating existing docks and marinas

Docks and marinas provide a very important feature of a coastal community.  They are the link that connects land development with access to the water.  Land values can be significantly higher with good docks and marina facilities.

New facilities are still being built in locations where there was not water access before.  But many now are built in previous industrial or waterfront development sites.  Many are renovations of previous marinas.

Building or renovating docks and marinas, as most waterfront development, requires investigating far more variables compared to land development to insure a greater degree of success.  You will learn what the most important variables typically are from an expert who has been involved in coastal engineering and waterfront development for over 30 years.  Products, methods of construction and assessment continually evolve to provide better materials, less corrosion and wear resulting in longer service and profit.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to marinas and their value to waterfront plans
  • The planning process from perceived need to construction and operation
  • Environmental and regulatory considerations
  • Site assessment and design specifics
  • Types of products, construction methods and services. New products and technologies.
  • Understanding ice behavior and ways to reduce winter damage
  • Evaluation fundamentals to successfully renovate or upgrade an existing facility
  • The Clean Marina program. Ways to be a good steward of the environment
  • Showcase of recently built and renovated docks and marinas
  • Participant interaction-Review and discuss actual projects being considered or underway by participants.  

Who Should Attend
Owners • Operators • Developers • Consulting Engineers and Marina Designers • Contractors Regulators and Plan Reviewers

More Information


Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and Coffee (Day 1 only)
8:30 Course begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

Day 1

Planning and Design Fundamentals for New Docks and Marinas, and Renovating Existing Ones
Learn the fundamentals for good dock and marina planning and design; development overview, finances, regulations, site information, selection of docks, marina layout.  Portions of Bruce Tobiasson and Ron Kollmeyer's "Marinas and Small Craft Harbors" book will be used.  It is not required but would be an excellent resource for anyone attending this course. 

Day 2

New Ways to Build and Fix Docks and Marinas-Ways to Do It Faster, Cheaper and Better Than Before


  • Manmade floating islands for dock flotation, wave reduction, water purification, fisheries habitat and aesthetics.
  • Small portable sediment removal system and sediment dewatering bags.
  • Resilient and durable floating docks, gangways, and anchorage.
  • New synthetic products for marinas and docks that do not rot or corrode and are replacing conventional wood, steel and concrete products.
  • New ways to inspect and repair severely corroded and failing steel sheet pile walls in marinas, canals, ports and harbors. 

What's on Your Mind?  Why Are You Here?
Let's Talk About Your Situation and Come Up With Some Options

We will spend the afternoon discussing real life situations and possible ways to address them.
Participants can submit a situation they would like to discuss when they register for the course.

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Dave Wentland, P.Eng., B.Sc.Civil Eng., M.Sc.Ocean Eng.

Mr. David Wentland, P.E., Coastal and Marine Engineer

Founder and president of a coastal planning & design firm since 1987 specializing in waterfront development and restoration, shore and environmental protection. "Clean marina" development and retrofit. Clients include owners, managers, developers and designers of marine, waterfront, port, harbor, marina and dock projects. Dave helps several marine companies provide innovative superior services, technologies and products to create and refurbish ports, harbors, marinas and docks in a cost-effective, state-of-the-art, long-lasting, and environmentally sensitive manner. Expert consultant for 1) corroded steel bulkhead restoration, 2) dock and marina design and ADA compliance, 3) dredging and sediment removal, 4) on-site and remote sediment dewatering, shore protection, wetland restoration, 5) nutrient uptake, fish and wildlife habitat, wave reduction, shore protection, aesthetics, 6) non-corrosive, high-strength, synthetic sheet and pipe pile, and 7) marina design, floating and fixed docks, and wave attenuators.


Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Pacific Reach Hotel OP (Richmond LP)
8181 Cambie Road
Richmond Vancouver, BC V6X 3X9
(604) 276-8181

Other Venue InformationParking:
Pay parking for Attendees is available in the following locations:

- Parking Lot at the Front of the Hotel.
- Level 5 (Blue Zone only) in the President Plaza

Parkade. Please DO NOT Park in the Red Zone on Level 5 and also DO NOT park on Levels 2 & 3 where the parking signs state 2 or 3 hour maximum. (Please note there is no Level 4)

The charges are as follows: $4.00 for 2 hours or portion and a daily rate of $12.00, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Please purchase tickets from the ticket dispensers located in each area.

Please Note: if attendees park anywhere else, the hotel is not responsible.

In particular, please DO NOT Park at the Ground Level of President Plaza or at the Yaohan Shopping Centre at any time. Vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense.

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Fee & Credits
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$1495 + taxes


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