With a likely acceleration in coastal flooding, sea-level rise and related coastal erosion in the future, as well as increased industrial usage of the coastal zone and oceans, there is an increasing demand for qualified civil engineers with an understanding of coastal and marine processes. This course provides an introduction to coastal and marine geotechnical engineering, and exposes students to the array of geotechnical engineering considerations unique to coastal projects. These considerations include subaqueous sediment dynamics, in-situ geotechnical methods, complementary survey techniques and specific applications such as for offshore renewable energy and port and navigation infrastructure. In summary, the course will cover the following topics:
Geotechnical aspects of coastal and marine engineering.
Introduction of the coastal zone as a working environment.
In-situ geotechnical methods and complementary techniques for investigation.
Local field trips for demonstrating methods, practice and design.