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Over 100 reasons to attend. Across the three days, Breakwaters 2023 will include over 100 difference sessions which include conference plenaries, case studies, research presentations and spotlight innovation sessions.

Morning sessions

Time Event
08:00-09:30 Registration and refreshments
09:30-09:40 Opening remarks by Kevin Burgess, Jacobs UK


Lessons from history of old breakwaters

William Allsop, William Allsop Consulting, UK

Protecting Portsmouth: The UK’s island city

Marc Bryan, Coastal Partners, UK

10:40-11:00 Q&A
11:00-11:30 Networking and refreshment break


The CHERLOC project: an experimental case study of marine structures combining engineering and biodiversity

Miriam Baumbach, Artelia, France

Hurricane Ian impacts in Florida and the USACE response

Andrew Condon, Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory, US Army Engineer R&D Centre, USA

Safety of monolayer breakwaters

Ole Juul Jensen, COWI, Denmark

12:30-13:00 Q&A
13:00-14:00 Lunch

Afternoon Stream 1

Time Event
Stream 1A: Caissons Stream 1B: Risk Management Stream 1C: Foreshores

Low crested anti-overtopping structures: Monaco Anse du Portier offshore extension

Pierre Aristaghes, Bouygues, France

Effects of extreme weather on ports and marines in the Mediterranean: towards a model-enables risk management perspective

Thomas Saillour, Studio Speri, Italy

Protecting sensitive habitats in a challenging environment: a successful engineering solution

Kevin O’Connell, RPS Group/NNB GenCo, UK


Concrete caissons breakwaters: holistic design and execution approach under strong external constraints

Alejandra Revillas Merino, Advisian, Spain

Field study of overtopping and flow rate estimation in the outer port of Punta Langosteira, Spain

Enrique Pena, Water & Environmental Engineering Group, University of A Coruna, Spain

CFD modelling of wave impacts on sea dikes with shallow foreshores – a detailed validation with large-scale experiments

Vincent Gruwez, University of Ghent, Belgium


Impermeable toe protection to caisson breakwaters using in-situ concrete mattress

George Hawkswood, Proserve, UK

Wave, agitation and overtopping forecast system applied to the construction of Aberdeen Harbour expansion

Gabriel Diaz-Hernandez, University of Cantabria, Spain

Experimental investigation of wave interactions with hybrid dyke-marsh systems

Scott Baker, National Research Council, Canada

15:00-15:30 Q&A
15:30-16:00 Networking and refreshment break

Afternoon Stream 2

Time Event

Stream 2A: Coastal Infrastructure

Stream 2B: Rock Armour

Stream 2C: Storms


Hythe Ranges sea defences: Aiming at sustainable and successful delivery

Elise Pobjoy, Jacobs, UK

The stability of a single layer raised rock toe – physical model proof of concept tests

Toby Barnett, BESIX, Belgium

Coastal storms: analysis of observed sea level and wave events in the SCOPAC region (Southern England) following winter 2013/14

Matthew Wadey, Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council, UK


Environmental and safety challenges in the restoration of Seahouses main pier

Nick Cooper, Royal HaskoningDHV, The Netherlands

Armourstone users vs producers: M50 is used, whereas Mem is produced

Daan Heineke, Heinekewaterbouw, The Netherlands

Understanding future non-stationary exposure climate for US regions: storm power, sea level change, and topographic thresholds

Heidi Moritz, US Army Corps of Engineers, USA


Resilience strategies to address vulnerable coastal infrastructure: lessons learned from aging navigation assets functioning within a non-stationary environment

Hans Moritz, US Army Corps of Engineers, USA

Embedded rocking measurement of single layer armour units: development and first results

Daan Houtzager, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Damage to Japanese port facilities caused by recent typhoons

Kojiro Suzuki, Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan

17:00-17:30 Q&A

Morning Stream 3

Time Event
Stream 3A: Armour Units Stream 3B: Shoreline Change

Refurbishing the Holyhead breakwater

Peter Simpson, Royal HaskoningDHV, UK

Coastal catch-up quantification for Poole Bay

Mike Walkden, Moffatt & Nichol, UK


A comparison of XblocPlus and rock armour on sustainability, costs and climate resilience

Pieter Bakker, Delta Marine Consultants, The Netherlands

Letting go – moving beaches landwards as a nature-based solution

Uwe Dornbusch, Environment Agency, UK


Design of iron ore export terminal, Port of Açu, in Brazil

Atilla Bayram, Jacobs, UK

Storms, bi-modal seas and our changing understanding of shingle beach response at Eastoke, Hayling Island, UK

Andrew Pearce, Coastal Partners, UK


New Cubipod® armoured breakwater in Hanstholm: design and construction

Henning Lauridsen, COWI, Denmark

Groynes in coastal engineering - a new guide to design, construction, monitoring, and maintenance of narrow footprint groynes

Jonathan Simm, HR Wallingford, UK

10:20-10:45 Q&A
10:45-11:15 Networking and refreshment break

Morning Stream 4

Time Event
Stream 4A: Design Codes & Approaches Stream 4B: Shore Protection Breakwaters Stream 4C: Tsumani Impacts

Probabilistic design of restoration solutions for historical breakwaters: the case study of the port of Catania

Martina Stagnitti, University of Catania, Sicily, Italy

Low-crested detached breakwaters on a micro-tidal beach to actively manage norfolk’s ocean view shoreline

Ayse Karanci, Moffatt & Nichol, USA

Destruction mechanism of seawalls by Typhoon Faxai in 2019

Hiroki Kubota, Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan


Addressing hydraulic limit states of coastal structures within Eurocode safety format

Jean Bernard Kovarik, University Gustave Eiffel, France

Hydraulic performance of low-crested breakwaters protecting a beach nourishment in an energetic swell wave climate

Dirk Heijboer, CDR International, The Netherlands

Stability analysis of composite breakwaters under seepage flow

Taro Arikawa, Chuo University, Japan


Trial application of the revised British standard on breakwaters at 3 distinct sites

Simon Burchett, WSP, UK

A risk-based approach to sustainable shoreline protection along the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Kevin Hanegan, Moffatt & Nicholl, USA

Improvement of caisson-type quay wall to suppress tsunami force

Naoki Tsurata, Coastal and Ocean Engineering Research Department, Port & Airport Research Institute, Japan

12:15-12:45 Q&A
12:45-13:45 Lunch


Time Event

Introduction to ICE’s Community Advisory Boards and Knowledge Networks

David Porter, Director of Engineering, Department for Infrastructure, Northern Ireland & Vice President - Learning Society, ICE, UK

Decarbonisation of the built environment: rules, tools and skills

Lewis Barlow, Decarbonisation Technical Director, WSP & Co-chair, Decarbonisation Community Advisory Board, ICE, UK

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) and ICE’s input to the Sendai Framework

Savina Carluccio, Executive Director of ICSI and Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure Community Advisory Board Member, ICE, UK

Flood resilience

Fiona Barbour, Edinburgh City Lead, Mott MacDonald & Co-Chair, Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure Community Advisory Board, ICE, UK


Spotlights (Plenary)

Quick fire presentations on a range of topics aligned to the themes of the conference, followed by Q&A.

Construction, monitoring and modelling in VR of a replacement dry dock gate on the River Clyde, Glasgow

Catherine Vincent, RPS Group, UK

Case study on accropode placement for offshore breakwater

Ranganathan Sundaravadivelu, IIT Madras, India

Selection of caissons instead of combi-walls

Hector Zorita, Robert West Consulting, UK

Attracting wildlife to coastal infrastructure: the multi-stakeholder project ‘Mumbles Sea-Hive’

Ruth Callaway, BlueCube Marine,UK

Trialling the use of ECO Armour Units to provide wave attenuation and intertidal habitat

Justin Ridgewell, Environment Agency, UK

Performance based design of existing and future coastal seawalls. An application of computational fluids dynamics modelling and machine learning techniques

Scott Dunn, Jacobs, UK

The MAKEWAVES tsunami research cooperation

Keith Adams, Vistec, UK

Tracer Pebbles

Sasha Neill, Coastal Partners, UK

Installation of artificial nesting structures for Kittiwakes

Kristen Branford, Red7Marine, UK

15:15-15:45 Networking and refreshment break

Afternoon Stream 5

Time Event
Stream 5A: Refurbishment Stream 5B: Eco Armouring Stream 5C: Waves on Structures

Building in uncertainty: the construction of the Cherbourg breakwater 1780-1853

Steve Fraser, UK

A case study of ‘eco-blend’ rock armour and the application of greening the grey tenets whilst maintaining engineering suitability

Nathaniel Lea Wurzbach, Keynvor Morlift, UK

The maximum influence of wind on wave overtopping at seawalls with crest elements

Marcel van Gent, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands


Bringing advanced engineering techniques and latest technology to repair a historic and complex coastal breakwater structure

Rosheena Jugdhurry, Arup, UK

The development of a fully constructive ecological unit for coastal armouring

Andrew Rella, ECOncrete Tech, Tel Aviv, Israel

Experimental study of spray from wave impact

Xuexue Chen, Delft University of Technology & Royal Haskoning DHV, The Netherlands


The north seafront: strengthening and upgrading works of the esplanade seawall in George Town, Penang

Michael Yap, Perunding YAA, Malaysia

3D printed habitat enhancement units: key features to incorporate within multifunctional infrastructure

Alice Hall, Bournemouth University, UK

Wave loads on pile-supported decks overhanging armoured slopes

Tom Rigden, HR Wallingford, UK


San Francisco waterfront resilience program – adaptation and resilience of an historic working waterfront

Darren Milsom, Jacobs, USA

Hydraulic and geotechnical assessments of a large 3D printed artificial reef in sands

Esteban Escobar-Valencia, EGIS Ports, France

Revision to the exposed jetties manual

Giovanni Cuomo, HR Wallingford, UK

17:05-17:30 Q&A

Morning Stream 6

Time Event
Stream 6A: Marine Structures Stream 6B: Managing Risk from Overtopping Stream 6C: Spotlights

The flat pack wharf: an innovative approach to overcoming construction challenges in Antarctica

Ian Wenkenbach, BAM International, The Netherlands

An innovative wave overtopping measurement system to calibrate numerical flood hazard assessment and alert tools

Jennifer Brown, National Oceanography Centre, UK

Quickfire presentations on environmental enhanancement and monitoring, coastal management, wave and scour modelling, followed by Q&A.

Greening the Grey!
Lucy Sheffield, Coastal Partners

Habitat provision at high tide: use of artificial rockpools by fish and crabs
Jessica Bone, University of Bournemouth

Evidence-based eco-engineering products designed for UK coasts: scaling up the BioGeo Ecotile
Larissa Naylor, University of Glasgow

Wave force assessment
Eelco Bijl, CDR International

Construction methodology and environmental monitoring for the deepwater breakwater on the west coast of India
Dr Jayakumar, Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited

Damage progression of low-crested rubble mound with single layer and core
Michele Strazzella, HR Wallingford, UK

Impact of toe scour on wave overtopping at a vertical breakwater
Zhong Peng, East China Normal University, China

Overview of the Resilient Coasts Project
Karen Thomas, Coastal Partnership East, UK

Delivery of the Infrastructure Investment Plan
Sian Platt, Balfour Beatty, UK

Stronger Shores: marine habitats protecting coastal communities
James Turley, Arup, UK

Environment Agency R&D programme
Lee Swift, Environment Agency, UK


The decommissioning of North Sea oil platforms creates both opportunities and significant challenges for maritime engineers

Andrew Sandison, Arch Henderson, UK

An approach to overtopping assessment for a resilient railway at Dawlish, UK

Alba Santamaria Contreras, Arup, UK


Corrosion rates of steel piles protected by petrolatum tape

Jessica Frost, Jacobs, UK

Flood risk assessment for the coastal Village of VíK, south coast of Iceland

Bryndis Tryggvadóttir, Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, Iceland

10:00-10:30 Q&A
10:30-11:00 Networking and refreshment break

Morning Stream 7

Time Event

Stream 7A: Logistical Challenges

Stream 7B: Coastal Management

Stream 7C: Reclamations


Design and construction of the most isolated southerly sea wall in the British Isles at a unique and important environmental site

Steve Hold, Steve Hold Consulting, UK

Humber 2100+: resilience and adaptability at the strategic scale

Sue Manson, Environment Agency, UK

Internal pressures in rubble mound breakwaters used in coastal protection -recommendations for assessing wave pressures with CFD models

Aggelos Dimakopoulos, HR Wallingford (now Jacobs), UK


Hurst Castle repair works: when the materials govern the design

Nadia Genovese, COWI, UK

Can we achieve net zero carbon and still deliver expected flood risk management outcomes? A case study on the Lincolnshire Coast

Andrew Rouse, Environment Agency, UK

Initial tests on reversed open filters on sand-covered rock mounds

Bas Hofland, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Georgetown, Guyana, coastal defences, climate change adaptation, design and procurement

Adrian Douglas, Mott McDonald, UK

Realising the role of the client in infrastructure carbon management

Lauren Burt, Coastal Partners, UK

The durability of dewatered dredged soil for revetments of Shinmoji-Oki disposal pond

Katsuhide Nishizono, Reconstruction Agency, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

12:00-12:30 Q&A
12:30-13:30 Lunch

Afternoon Stream 8

Time Event
Stream 8A: Breakwater Construction Stream 8B: Beaches Stream 8C: Wave Overtopping Developments

Placing Antifer blocks on Atlantic tidal coastline using echoscope® & innovative hydraulic system at New Safi Port

Levent Cengiz, STFA Construction Group, Turkey

Bacton Sandscaping – initial performance of a mega nourishment scheme

Ruben Borsje, Royal HaskoningDHV, UK

Variations in vertical seawall geometry and the effect on wave overtopping discharges

Ian Chandler, HR Wallingford, UK


Concrete armour unit single layer breakwater control with 3D digital twin

Steven Le Bars, ID Ocean, France

The design and construction of stable beaches on an exposed headland

Simon Mudd, Buro Happold, UK

Wave overtopping mitigation by a vertical wall or a wave return wall at the end of a pitched rock slope

Jentsje van der Meer, Van der Meer Consulting, The Netherlands


Design and construction of Cowes Outer Harbour breakwater

Iain Roberts, Atkins, UK

Breakwater design and numerical modelling for oyster reef habitat restoration

Olwen Rowlands, Jacobs, UK

Adaptive design of coastal flooding defences: a coupled experimental and numerical approach

Ioannis Karmpadakis, Imperial College London, UK

14:30-15:00 Q&A
15:00-15:30 Networking and refreshment break

Plenary 3

Time Event

Combining vertical and sloping structures in marinas: roundheads and perforated quay walls

Leopoldo Franco, Modimar, Italy


Eko Atlantic City brings protection to bar beach and Victoria Island, Lagos

Alec Sleigh, Royal HaskoningDHV, UK


Nature based resilience solutions for Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida

Nigel Pontee, Jacobs, UK

16:30-17:00 Q&A
17:00 Closing remarks