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Breakwaters 2023: CPD-recognised conference programme published

22 March 2023

Coastal and maritime engineers will be able to learn from real-life case studies from around the world.

Breakwaters 2023: CPD-recognised conference programme published
From Portsmouth to Canada, from Florida to Antarctica. Breakwaters 2023 brings together maritime experts from across the globe.

How the US Army responded to Hurricane Ian, the effect of typhoons on Japan’s ports, and construction in Antarctica are just some of the challenges being explored at the ICE Breakwaters conference next month.  

Featuring more than 100 speakers from 17 countries around the world, the event is an opportunity for maritime and coastal engineers to hear from experts about lessons learned from real-life case studies.

Sessions attended at the three-day conference in Portsmouth, UK, can also count towards engineers’ CPD.

"The impact of accelerating climate change requires us to continually find more efficient and effective solutions to address the challenges it creates," said Kevin Burgess, head of coastal at Jacobs and chair of the Breakwaters 2023 organising committee.

"I encourage all marine and coastal engineers to join us at Breakwaters to learn, network and collaborate so we can continue to build resilience in this changing climate."

Speakers: from universities to public bodies

The UK’s Environment Agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Japan’s Port & Airport Research Institute, and Canada’s National Research Council are among the conference speakers.

They will be holding sessions alongside those from engineering companies like Jacobs, Royal HaskoningDHV, WSP, and COWI.

Researchers from universities are also represented, including from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Bournemouth University (UK), University of Catania (Sicily) and University of Cantabria (Spain).

More than just a conference

Papers presented at the conference will range from exploring how 3D printing could help build artificial reefs to implementing nature-based solutions to the changing climate, such as moving beaches landward.

Attendees will also hear about the two ambitious coastal flood and erosion risk management projects currently underway in Portsmouth.

The projects aim to reduce the risk of flooding to residential and commercial properties, as well as historic structures and critical infrastructure.

However, Breakwaters 2023 is more than just a conference.

A series of events will also be taking place around it.

For example, there will be a site visit to the Portsmouth project on 28 April 2023.

While those wanting to learn more about how to estimate sea conditions for design of coastal structures can attend a one-day course on 24 April.

A Probabilistic Design of Coastal Structures will focus on clarifying and applying methods to suit probabilistic design.

This 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 and supported by engineers with hands-on experience of using the methods in practical studies.

Book your Breakwaters 2023 ticket now

  • Anh Nguyen, digital content lead at ICE