Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Hydrotechnical Design of Coastal and Marine Structure

Monday, May 30, 2022 - Wednesday, June 1, 2022
8:15 AM–8:30 AM Pacific Time: Registration Day 1-3
8:30 AM–4:30 PM Pacific Time: Hydrotechnical Design of Coastal and Marine Structure Day 1-3
Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.

21.0 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning in the Formal Category

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Event Details


Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $995.00 + GST = $1044.75 until May 16, 2022

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $1295.00 + GST = $1359.75

Non-Registrant Price: $1295.00 + GST = $1359.75

Student Price: $647.50 + GST = $679.88


Allison Smith | Professional Development Coordinator

Direct: 604.558.6664

Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext. 6664

Email: [email protected]

Event Presenter(s)

Dr. Saied Saiedi, P.Eng.,
Senior Hydrotechnical Consultant (US & Canada)

Event Description

The course offers fundamentals of hydrotechnical design of coastal and marine structures with the following objectives:

About the Event

  • 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.

Special Features of the Course Are:

  • Hands-on class exercises and educational video clips;
  • Discussing common mistakes referring to case studies;
  • Computational aids; and
  • 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, environmental engineers and 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 Hydrotechnical Consultant (US and Canada)

Dr. Saied Saiedi, P.Eng., is a civil engineer with 32 years of engineering and academic experience in Iran, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, and USA. 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 modelling works.

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, NJ) 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 hydromechanical equipment for hydropower dams. While working as a consultant (with Bergmann Associates, Tetra Tech, etc.) in the US, Dr. Saiedi has led since early 2017 the hydrotechnical investigations for the design of the Gordie Howe International Bridge across Detroit River, projects on dam safety review, and protection of coastal structures (Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario, Florida).