January 2020

Hydrotechnical Design of Coastal and Marine Structures

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM–8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast Day 1–3
8:30 AM–4:30 PM: Hydrotechnical Design of Coastal and Marine Structures Day 1–3
Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver 655 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7
Presenter: Dr. Saied Saiedi, P.Eng.,
Senior Discipline Specialist (Hydrotechnical), Bergmann Associates
Credit: 21 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: Hydrotechnical Design of Coastal and Marine Structures : $1395.00 + GST = $1464.75 until Jan 7, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Hydrotechnical Design of Coastal and Marine Structures : $1695.00 + GST = $1779.75

Non-Member Price: Hydrotechnical Design of Coastal and Marine Structures : $1695.00 + GST = $1779.75

Student Member Price: Hydrotechnical Design of Coastal and Marine Structures : $847.50 + GST = $889.88
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by January 07, 2020 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Shirley Chow | Professional Development Specialist
Direct: 604.412.4865
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.4865
Fax: 604.639.8180
Email: [email protected]
Note: Please bring a calculator to the session. Laptop to access online resources would also be beneficial. A USB with minimum capacity 4 GB storage is recommended for some educational materials.

Located across the street from Burrard Street station. Underground parking available.

Hyatt Regency Vancouver is pleased to offer a special corporate rate. This rate is subject to change depending on the hotel's occupancy.

Click link for special corporate rate: Corporate Rate.

The course offers fundamentals of hydrotechnical design of coastal and offshore structures with the following objectives:
  • To determine the type and nature of forces on coastal and offshore structures,
  • To characterise structural behaviour of marine pipes, piles, piers, jetties, breakwaters, sea walls, and offshore platforms,
  • To estimate forces on structures from wind, wave, current, and ice, and
  • To introduce and apply and simple computational aids including open-source coastal engineering software.

Four special features of the course are:

  • Hands-on class exercises and educational video clips
  • Discussing common mistakes referring to case studies
  • Computational aids
  • A vast amount of literature in softcopy


  • Some key concepts (drag, lift, and inertia forces)
  • Sources of forces
  • Marine structures (piles, piers , jetties, walls, breakwaters, pipelines, platforms)
  • Wind 
  • Current (tide)
  • Ice
  • Introduction to wave mechanics
  • Wave forces
  • Introduction to earthquake impacts
  • Forces on floating offshore structures
  • VIV (vortex-induced vibration)
  • Resonance and fatigue
  • Introduction to open source software
  • Physical modelling of coastal and marine structures
  • A comprehensive problem:
    • Jetty and piles
    • Oil transporting pipe
    • Jacket structure
    • Environmental factors
  • Solution to the comprehensive problem
  • Five take-away messages and common mistakes

Who Should Attend

Hydrotechnical professionals and civil, mechanical, and environmental engineers as well as from engineering firms or provincial and federal authorities with 0–20 years of experience dealing with coastal, port, and marine structures subjected to impacts from wind, wave, current, and ice.


Dr. Saied Saiedi, P.Eng.,

Senior Discipline Specialist (Hydrotechnical), Bergmann Associates

Dr. Saied Saiedi, P.Eng., is a civil engineer with 32 years of engineering and academic experience in Iran, Australia, Malaysia, USA, and Canada. His hydrotechnical interests cover a wide range: Free surface flow (hydraulic structures, hydropower plants, sediment transport, river engineering …), coastal structures and processes, floating offshore structures, flood studies, and dam safety review. He has developed, managed, and reviewed several numerical and physical modeling works. As a private consultant and project manager, he managed 8 consultancy projects on dam and hydropower bids in Iran and served as a contract designer or adviser for various engineering firms and water authorities in Iran and Malaysia.

Dr. Saiedi designed and oversaw the construction of a flume for river and wave studies at Water Research Laboratory (UNSW, Sydney, Australia) in 1991–1992. The facility has been since used for many projects involving riverine flows and coastal waves. He also developed a numerical model for alluvial flows called COUPFLEX (see ASCE Journal of Hydraulics, May 1997). The model was one of the first efforts in computational modelling of sediment-laden flows in ‘fully coupled’ mode, followed by several modellers later.

For several years in the 2000’s, Dr. Saiedi served NAHRIM (National Association of Hydraulic Research in Malaysia) as the senior adviser for coastal engineering projects. Also, while working for PETRONAS (Malaysian national oil and gas company), he trained several groups of engineers from various engineering disciplines to enter the realm of offshore engineering through five applied courses. In 2006–2008, Dr. Saiedi conceptually designed and oversaw the construction of a large wave flume and a large wave basin at UTP (PETRONAS’ university) for applied research projects in the areas of coastal and offshore engineering.

While working in Canada and the US, Dr. Saiedi has led or participated in design and investigations for many hydropower plants (HPP) and dam facilities in Canada and overseas. Sample projects include: Site C Dam (BC, Canada), I1K Power Transmission Line (Saskatchewan, Canada), Kemano Hydropower Plant (BC, Canada), Tapoco HPP Scheme (USA), Karcham-Wangtoo & Vishnuprayag & Baspa–II HPP’s (India), Boron Mining Operations (CA, USA), Kokish River HPP (BC, Canada), John Hart Gen. Station Replacement Project (BC, Canada), Skaha Lake & McIntyre Dams (BC, Canada), Waneta Dam (BC, Canada), Brilliant Dam (BC, Canada), Similkameen Dam (BC, Canada), Seymour Dam, East Toba & Montrose HPP’s (BC, Canada), Stave Falls HPP (BC, Canada), and Nimisila Reservoir and Dam (OH, USA).

With his concurrent academic experience over the years as an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, Dr. Saiedi has shared his vast hydrotechnical experience with professional engineers in Canada (BC) and USA (MI, NY) through short-courses. He was the Director of Progress International Consultants (Vancouver), Hydrotechnical Discipline Lead (Western North America) of Hatch based in Vancouver, and Technical Adviser (Canada) to ATB Riva Calzoni, an international provider of hydromechnaical equipment for hydropower dams. While working with Bergmann Associates, Dr. Saiedi has been involved since early 2017 in the hydrotechnical investigations for the design (proposal stage) of the Gordie Howe International Bridge across Detroit River, projects on dam safety review, and protection of coastal structures (around Lake Michigan & Lake Ontario) in the US.

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