Geotechnical Design of Port Facilities

Engineering context

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This course provides a general background on the geotechnical design of port facilities including geotechnical explorations and the interpretation of geotechnical data, the estimate of seismic hazards, and the analysis and design of port facilities. In addition, the course will discuss ground improvement, geotechnical aspects of construction, and other topics.

The course will also include the criteria used for geotechnical design, the evaluation of extreme hazards, and the design of pile-supported structures, bulkheads, land reclamation, breakwaters, dolphins, ship channels, and embankment slopes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the types and requirements for geotechnical explorations for port facilities.
  • Explain and interpret geotechnical data for the analysis, design, and construction of port facilities.
  • Explain the background for geotechnical analysis and design of port facilities.
  • Identify geotechnical seismic hazards and how they are estimated and used in the evaluation of port facilities.
  • List the criteria and requirements for conducting geotechnical design for various port structures (pile-supported structures, bulkhead structures, mooring structures, etc.).
  • Apply concepts of geotechnical analysis towards the engineering required for the design of port facilities.
  • Describe the types and applicability of ground improvement methods.
  • Describe construction testing methods and applicability to various port structures.
  • Explain maintenance requirements and budgets.

Geotechnical Design of Port Facilities

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Course Details

Course Dates:
25 January - 16 April, 2021

12 weeks
$1895 USD
(1610.75 USD with 15% discount)

Is this course for you?

  • Entry level engineers working for port authorities or consulting firms
  • Engineers seeking to move into the field of port engineering
  • Building officials
  • Owners of port facilities
  • Engineers from other disciplines
  • Management that may be placed into a position of authority over port facilities and have the need to understand the geotechnical design aspects of port facilities

Full Course Outline


  • Introduction

  • Geotechnical explorations that include considerations for geotechnical explorations, desk study, surveying, field explorations, laboratory testing, and reporting


  • Interpretation of geotechnical exploration data

  • Seismic hazards, including hazard studies, site-response analyses, liquefaction evaluations, and seismic slope stability

  • Geotechnical design criteria, including codes/guidelines/standards and the criteria typically used for geotechnical design of port facilities, including for extreme loading conditions

WEEKS 7–9 

  • Geotechnical design of pile supported structures, bulkheads, land reclamation, breakwaters, dolphins, ships channels, and embankment slopes

WEEKS 10–12

  • Summary of ground improvement methods

  • Construction considerations

  • Other topics that include advanced analyses, stages construction, evaluations for existing facilities, etc.

This course outline is subject to change.