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There is more to Breakwaters than just the conference. Personalise your experience with our extra activities below.

Short course

Probabilistic Design of Coastal Structures

  • Date: Monday, 24 April 2023
  • Time: 11:00 – 18:00 BST
  • Location: Portsmouth Marriott Hotel, Southampton Road, Portsmouth PO6 4SH

Design of coastal structures is predominantly undertaken using deterministic methods (often using a bivariate approach to simplify sea conditions) whereby a structure response is assumed to occur due to a predefined set of input variables, i.e., a certain type/magnitude of storm event. Use of probabilistic methods (using a multivariate approach) is less common, but (where sufficient data exists) allows a more realistic representation of the conditions to which a structure is exposed.

This course is focussed on clarifying and applying methods to suit probabilistic design, as will be recommended in the revised BS 6349 (Maritime Works) Part 7 ‘Design of Breakwaters’ and new Eurocode EN 1991-1-9 ‘Wave Actions on Coastal Structures’. The course will be given by recognised experts supported by engineers with hands-on experience of using the methods (old and new) in practical studies.

The course will be aimed at those who need to understand the key steps in estimation of sea conditions for design of coastal structures, and particular emphasis on subsequent application to design of rubble mound and vertical-faced breakwaters, including consultants, flood risk management specialists, seawall and breakwater designers and owners.

This short course will describe the main changes to the 2nd Edition of Part 7 and the new Eurocode, will introduce advances in recommended design approaches, and will demonstrate use of the methods in practice. This will be supplemented by use of the new methods by attendees.

Take time out from our conference to increase your learning.
Take time out from our conference to increase your learning.
Conference dinner

Onboard the iconic HMS Warrior

Your chance to network over dinner in the historic HMS Warrior.
Your chance to network over dinner in the historic HMS Warrior.
  • Date: Thursday, 27 April 2023
  • Time: 18:30 BST
  • Location: HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, Portsmouth, PO1 3QX

Join us for the Breakwaters Conference Dinner onboard the iconic HMS Warrior – Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship – for an evening of fun and networking.

Now fully restored, the pride of Queen Victoria’s naval fleet, HMS Warrior is moored at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. With a long naval history, join us on the gun deck of HMS Warrior as we enjoy a pre-dinner networking reception, informal three course dinner with wine, and entertainment to celebrate the closing of Breakwaters 2023. Your ticket price includes return coach travel from the conference venue.

It is sure to be a lively and entertaining evening, but places are limited so make sure to book your Breakwaters Conference Dinner at the same time as your delegate place.

Site visit

Southsea Coastal Scheme &
Portsmouth Harbour

  • Date: Friday, 28 April
  • Time: 10:00 – 14:15 BST

Join us as we visit the UK's largest local authority-led coastal defences project. We’ll have a guided tour across two main sites of Southsea Castle and Portsmouth Harbour.

The first stop is an introduction to the Southsea Coastal scheme at the main Coastal Partners offices. We’ll undertake a guided tour of the Long Curtain Moat followed by a tour of the Southsea Castle works, where work has included rock revetment and the addition of concrete walls to minimise wave overtopping.

We’ll then return to Coastal partners for a light lunch and an introduction to the dockyard works. We’ll then head to the historic Portsmouth dockyard for a harbour tour of the dockyard works which are being undertaken in one of the busiest harbours in the UK, with over 80,000 annual shipping movements.

Take an informative guided tour around Portsmouth harbour.
Take an informative guided tour around Portsmouth harbour.