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    Exposed jetties, piers and dolphins
  • Exposed jetties, piers and dolphins
  • Exposed jetties, piers and dolphins
  • Exposed jetties, piers and dolphins

Exposed jetties, piers and dolphins

About this course

Type Classroom training
Level Specialist
Duration 1 day
Topic Coast and maritime

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One-day training course on the prediction of wave forces on the upper parts of piers, elevated jetties, and similar types of suspended decks over water.


Wave loads on beams and suspended decks can be particularly destructive as most such structures have been designed to be elevated above wave crests. With future sea levels projected to rise by around 1m, many existing structures may encounter wave loads in future for which they were not designed.

New bulk liquid and bulk solid terminals and general cargo and cruise ports require cargo transfer facilities, with quays often at relatively low levels. Such terminals have been developed with no or minimal breakwater protection, and under severe events, wave loads on structural elements could become highly destructive.

This course clarifies the main types of wave loads on suspended decks and beams and describes the key methods to predict occurrence and magnitudes of pulsating or impulsive wave loads. Example load calculations illustrate methods to predict each main type of load.

This course addresses the issues involved in the design of exposed jetties and is primarily focussed on the prediction of wave forces on the structures. Research in the UK led to the development of the Exposed jetties manual published by Thomas Telford. The wave loading prediction methods in that manual have since been further developed and extended by coastal engineering journal papers and related publications by Dr Cuomo and co-workers. Those new methods form a key part of the course.

Course content

Who should attend?

Those involved in the site selection, planning, design and operation of exposed jetties, in particular oil and gas owners/operators, maritime design consultants, specialist marine contractors.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course participants will: understand the issues associated with the design of exposed jetties, key design approaches and principal wave load types; have a clear view of methods available to predict wave loads; be familiar with the application of complex and simple wave load predictions.

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Course leader(s)

William Allsop

William Allsop

Technical Director, Maritime structures

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Other tutors: Stephen Cork, Dr Giovanni Cuomo


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