Coastal structures

Coastal structures

An introduction to the key issues of coastal processes, and design methods for coastal structures


This course will teach the theory and methods necessary for delivering alternative solutions to coastal problems. Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of a range of coastal structures and key coastal processes, and will improve their knowledge of wave characteristics.

The design of coastal structures needs to address many factors to ensure long-term effectiveness and stability. This includes an understanding of wave loads, wave characteristics, engineering design, and coastal processes.

This one-day course introduces the key issues of coastal processes and design methods for coastal structures, including seawalls, breakwaters, vertical walls, piers and jetties.

Course content
  • An introduction to the key issues in coastal engineering, vulnerabilities of different coastlines (developed and natural), and the key drivers for flooding/erosion threats.
  • The effects of encounter probability, wave forecasting, wave transformations and depth-limited breaking.
  • Simple methods to estimate wave loads and how to predict wave overtopping, crest level calculation, and armour size determination.

Key issues are explored in tutorial exercises.

Who should attend?

Those who need to know more about the fundamentals of coastal engineering and basic design aspects of structures such as breakwaters, shoreline revetments, seawalls, jetties. and elevated decks. This includes coastal engineers, managers and post-graduate researchers.

We recommend that the 'coastal processes and management' course is completed before taking this course.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course participants will:

  • be familiar with key coastal processes affecting the design of coastal structures;
  • be aware of the types and breadth of coastal structures in use;
  • have hands-on experience of key input parameters, application of prediction tools, and understand levels of confidence for their calculations;
  • understand the significance of different sources of guidance, including recent research results;
  • be able to devise alternative solutions with confidence by understanding key coastal process, and by their experience of the main prediction methods.

About this course

One day
Coast and maritime
£350.00 excl VAT ?
Discounts for multiple bookings

Course dates

Dates to be confirmed

Course leaders

Tim Pullen

Principal Engineer
+44 (0)1491 822899

A very good insight into the evaluation and design of a variety of coastal structures. The course tutor was very informative and conveyed the content extremely well. His expertise in the subject was so evident.

Past delegate

Good balance of explanation and practical examples to work through.

Past delegate

Extremely knowledgeable tutor. Well presented with consideration to people of varying knowledge bases of the subject matter. Tutor made the course engaging & interesting throughout.

Past delegate