Introduction to Coastal Engineering

Online /
Jan 23 - 27, 2023 /
Course Code: 13-0124-ONL23

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 5 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern Time

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

  • Understand coastal engineering and apply your knowledge in solving problems of erosion and shoreline instability
  • Access the design of various shore protection structure
  • Anticipate the effect of climate change on Ocean, sea, lake coasts


Coastal engineering is fairly a new subject. The coastal problems are enlarged due to climate change as well as man kind interference in shore stability. Problem solving depends mainly on understanding. Although the course covers the design of shore protection structures, attendants may follow the procedure regardless of their background. There is no sophisticated algebra or complicated formulas.

Participants are expected to easily understand the fundamentals and to be interested in understanding phenomena of climate change and coastal problem solving. Field data and study cases may clearly illustrate the handling of coastal subjects.

Course Outline

  • Waves and currents
  • Sediment transport
  • Effect of climate change on coastal stability
  • Methods of shore protections
  • Design of various shore protection structures
  • Mathematical simulation and physical models
  • Study and field cases

Who Should Attend

Engineers and Architects • Contractors • Government and City Hall Officials • People Living on Coast Line or Owning a Property Near the Shore • Property Managers and Real Estate Representatives • Others Interested to Know About Climate Change and Its Effect On Our Shore Line and Coasts

Special Features and Requirements

Participants are not expected to have previous knowledge about coastal engineering. It may be easier for engineer to understand but non-engineer also can greatly benefit from the course as climate change is affecting our life in different ways. Civil engineers may review their elementary soil mechanics course. It is not recommended to look to shore protection manuals before attending the course since these manuals require good understanding of the coastal engineering subjects.

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 AM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.



Welcome – Introduction -Workshop Review – Method of Assessment


  • Coastal line
  • Coastal shapes and types
  • Shoreline change
  • Coastal stability
  • Climate change


  • Wave motion
  • Wave Characteristics
  • Relationship between wave characteristics
  • Types of waves , deep waves , broken waves , translatory waves
  • Prediction of waves
  • Wave refraction
  • Wave diffraction
  • Wave forces
  • Effect of wave action on coastal stability
  • Erosion and sedimentation due to wave action
  • Change of wave characteristics due to climate change

Day 2

Water levels

  • Lowest low water level
  • Highest high water level
  • High water level
  • Low water level
  • Mean water level
  • Effect of climate change on water level


  • Definition of current
  • Types of currents
  • Effect of current on coastal stability
  • Sediment transport
  • Sources of current
  • Effect of climate change on current
  • Erosion and sedimentation due to current
  • Effect of climate change on current

Day 3

Shore Protection Methods and Structures

  • Sand nourishment
  • Stone nourishment
  • Sea walls
  • Parallel rubble mound break water
  • Detached break water
  • Groins
  • Floating breakwater
  • Suspended breakwater
  • Submerged breakwater
  • Combined breakwater

Design of Emerged ( Elevated) Breakwater

  • Width of the crest
  • Armor layer
  • Slopes
  • Levels
  • Settlement
  • Slope stability

Day 4

Design of Submerged Breakwater

  • Armor layer
  • Width and depth of the crest
  • Slopes
  • Transmitted waves
  • Distance between the break water and shore line
  • Erosion due to submerged breakwater

Design of Groins

  • Groin cross section
  • Groin length and inclination
  • Groin spacing
  • Groin side effect


Design of Sea Wall

  • Wave forces
  • Earth pressure

Day 5

Design of Suspended Breakwater

  • Pile group
  • Suspended wave breaker

Design of Compound Structure

  • Dimension of berm
  • Breakwater design

Field Data and Study Cases


Problems and Discussion


Bahaa El-Sharnouby

Dr. Bahaa Elsharnouby is CEO & Founder of TEO Consultant. Professor Bahaa Elsharnouby has 42 years of practical experience in marine lecturing, supervision, marine design, coastal engineering research, and geotechnical analysis, He has 51 publications, 8 years of membership in the Scientific Committees for Promoting Candidates to obtain Professor and Associate Professor Titles and 22 years of professing marine and geotechnics post graduate candidates. He has three years as transportation department Head in Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, 35 years touched most of marine projects in Egypt and 30 years of Presidential the Technical Engineering office.

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Fee & Credits

$2995 + taxes

  • 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 35 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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