Coastal and Marine Engineering with Application

Richmond, British Columbia /
Feb 20 - 22, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-0218-2362

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  • Syllabus
  • Instructor
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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Define site specific wind, current and wave climate
  • Design shoreline protection structures against waves and sediment transport
  • Characterise structural behaviour of marine pipes, piles, piers, jetties, breakwaters, sea walls, and offshore platforms (spar, semi-sub, ship, etc.)
  • Estimate forces on structures from wind, wave, current, and ice
  • Introduce and apply and simple computational aids including open-source coastal engineering software

Coastal engineering deals with the physical processes ongoing at the coastline and understanding how such processes interact with infrastructure and the natural environment. This specialized field blends the sciences of meteorology and oceanography with principles of civil, environmental, geological, and geotechnical engineering.

With increased flooding hazards due to sea level rise and aging infrastructure, there is a growing need for the reassessment of existing shore protection works. This short course will explain core principles of coastal engineering and present practical methods of analysis required for its sound application. It will assist professionals involved in the design, management, or approval of coastal and marine works.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Wave Mechanics
  • Coastal Sediment Transport Processes
  • Design of Shore Protection Works
  • Wave Loading on Marine Structures
  • VIV (Vortex-Induced Vibration
  • Resonance and Fatigue
  • Introduction to Open Source Software
  • Physical Modelling of Coastal and Marine Structures

Who Should Attend:
Civil and Municipal Engineers • Engineering Consultants • Hydrotechnical Engineers • Civil and Marine Contractors • Public Works Personnel • Regulators

• Hand-on class demonstration and tests using physical models • Educational video clips • Computational aids • A vast amount of literature in softcopy

Please bring a calculator to the session. Laptop would also be beneficial to access online resources.

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Daily Schedule

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

There is a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshments and networking break each morning and afternoon. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Day I


  • Instructor’s background
  • Course objectives and audience preferences
  • What is coastal and marine engineering
  • Some key concepts (drag, lift, and inertia forces
  • Sources of forces
  • Marine structures(piles, piers, jetties, walls, breakwaters, pipelines, platforms
  • Current (tide)
  • Ice

Wave Mechanics

  • Wind and waves
  • Linear wave theory
  • Wave transformation and breaking
  • Analysis of wave records
  • Wave spectrum and directionality
  • Storm surge

Day II

Coastal Sediment Transport Processes

  • Sediment properties and incipient motion
  • Bedforms, roughness and friction
  • Dynamic shoreline profile
  • Littoral sediment transport
  • Principles of dredging

Design of Shore Protection Works

  • Physical site conditions and data collection
  • Wave run-up, overtopping and transmission
  • Stability of rubble structures and revetments
  • Erosion protection and sedimentation

Wave Loading on Marine Structures

  • Forces on piles
  • Forces on walls
  • Forces on floating offshore structures (spar, semi-sub, ship, etc)
  • Hydrostatic stability, Dynamic stability


VIV (vortex-induced vibration)

Resonance and Fatigue

Introduction to Open Source Software

Physical Modelling of Coastal and Marine Structures

A Comprehensive Problem:

  • Environmental factors
  • Breakwater
  • Jetty and piles
  • Oil transporting pipe
  • Jacket structure

Solution to the Comprehensive Problem

Five Take-Away Messages


Saied Saiedi, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Saiedi (PEng) is a civil engineer with over 32 years of engineering and academic experience in Iran, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, and USA. His hydrotechnical interests cover a wide range: Free surface flow (hydraulic structures, sediment transport, river engineering, hydropower dams), water and power tunnel design, flood studies, stormwater management, dam safety review, coastal structures and processes, and floating offshore structures. He has developed, managed, and reviewed several numerical and physical modeling works. His COUPFLEX model (J. of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, May 1997) is among the first coupled simulations of unsteady river-sediment flow. Dr. Saiedi designed and oversaw the construction of a flume for river, wave, and sediment studies at Water Research Laboratory (Sydney, Australia) in 1991-1992. The facility has been since used for many projects involving riverine flows and coastal waves.

For several years in the 2000’s, Dr. Saiedi served NAHRIM (National Association of Hydraulic Research in Malaysia) as the senior adviser for coastal engineering projects. He also managed and technically led a design project on erosion protection and rehabilitation works related to a major TNB hydropower facility in Malaysia in 2006-2007. While working for PETRONAS (Malaysian national oil and gas company), he trained several groups of engineers from various engineering disciplines to enter the realm of marine engineering. In 2006-2008, Dr. Saiedi conceptually designed a large wave flume and a large wave basin for the Offshore Engineering Lab at UTP for applied research projects in the areas of coastal and offshore engineering.

While working in Canada, Dr. Saiedi led or participated in the design and investigations for many HPP and dam facilities such as Site C (Canada), Kokish River (Canada), Toba Montrose (Canada), Tapoco Scheme (four HPP’s in US), Karcham-Wangtoo, Vishnuprayag & Baspa-II (four HPP’s in India), Stave Falls (Canada), John Hart (Canada), and Kemano (Canada). He has also shared over the years his experience with Professional Engineers in Canada and US through several short-courses on erosion control, hydropower facilities, sediment engineering, hydraulic structures, water tunnels, coastal and marine structures, and physical modeling.

Dr. Saiedi is a senior hydrotechnical consultant at Bergmann, US. He technically leads, or is involved in, projects on erosion protection (Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario …), Dam Safety Reviews, stormwater protection, etc. He has extensive concurrent academic experience as university professor in Civil Engineering. While in Canada, he was the Director of Progress International Consultants and the former Hydrotechnical Discipline Lead (Western North America) of Hatch based in Vancouver.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

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

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Fee & Credits
  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$1995 + taxes


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