Course Summary & Description:
This course explores the different low cost methods in shore protection and the associated causes of failure for each protective method in sheltered waters. It does not cover open coast sites, which are locations where the coast would be exposed to constant attacks by large oceanic waves.
Any method of shore protection is expensive; however, significant improvements have been made to achieve the durability needed to resist waves. In distinguishing between low cost and cheap under our context, low cost just means that the various measures are commensurate with the value of the property. Within the wide range of proposed solutions, the total cost of implementation will vary.
The course will explain the typical situations which are appropriate for sheltered waters and it will discuss functional and structural design as well as shore protection methods. Some of the methods detailed and covered incorporate bulkheads, revetments, breakwaters, and groins as well as beach fills, vegetation, and perched beaches. The factors which need to be addressed during design (i.e. site characterization, water levels, wave conditions, and selection of devices) will be discussed as well including detailed permit requirements.