The AWA team has experience working around ports and harbours and our marine civil engineers have worked on plenty of structures on the coastline such as sea defences.
Just like any project on land, structures built on or around water require the insight of a structural engineer, however, the harsh marine environments provide a unique challenge.
AWAs marine engineers provide an analysis and design service for marinas, dry docks, seawalls, breakwaters and other waterfront structures. Within this, they consider extreme wave impact, high wind forces, tides, currents, dynamic loading, and corrosion, which greatly affect the performance and stability of the structures. Our Principal Marine Engineer Ed Ellis explains more about the role:
“I’ve been designing and overseeing the construction of marine structures for 14 years now. I’m also a qualified commercial diver so carry out underwater inspections too.
“Factoring in the environment is the tricky bit when it comes to marine and maritime civil engineering, structures have to be approached differently to any other project because they’re subject to far harsher conditions. This affects not only in the way they are designed but in the way we think about how the structure can be built and maintained.
“I’ve always wanted to work in marine civil engineering. It’s not a specialism many people choose to go into in the UK and I’m always surprised by that with us being an island. With global warming, there’s a huge role that marine and maritime civil engineers will play in the future for the protection of the land and ensuring that the structures remain intact.
“Clients who contact us for marine projects could be councils, marinas or property management companies. Generally, the first thing we will do is visit the site because where the work is often specialist, sometimes people don’t know what they’re dealing with or what they need.
“A site visit doesn’t always require diving if it’s low tide or visible from a boat but if a substantial portion of the structure is submerged, a dive survey may be the best way to assess the structure, it could be me diving or we can get a contractor in. All the contractors we work with at AWA are specialists in the field which is really important to us working safely and efficiently.
“A lot of our work tends to be focused around breakwaters and seawalls because people are starting to get concerned about rising water levels and the possibility of damage to adjacent structures and properties. These projects involve looking at the forecasted predictions for the next 50 to 100+ years to make them work effectively in the long term.
“It can be quite frightening when you look at the predictions as the changes are quite significant. The south coast is predicted to be between 1.2m and 1.6m by the year 2125.
“AWA has got marine and maritime projects all over the UK which is fantastic. We’re in demand for this area of work due to our experience and knowledge in the field”.
If you have a marine or maritime query, call 01794 524447 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.