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C598
Design of Coastal Project Elements

James Newton, PE

With the advent of numerical models, reliable field instrumentation techniques and improved understanding of the physical relationships which influence coastal processes that lead to more sophisticated approaches in shore protection design, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued the Coastal Engineering Manual (CEM) in 2002 (EM-1110-2-1100). The over 2650 page manual was divided into six parts, each part covering multiple chapters.

The parts are defined as

  • Part I Introduction
  • Part II Coastal Hydrodynamics
  • Part III Coastal Sediment Processes
  • Part IV Coastal Geology
  • Part V Coastal Project Planning and Design
  • Part VI Design of Coastal Project Elements


  • PDH Online has developed a series of courses which cover all Parts II through VI of the manual and offer 108 professional development hours to complete the entire manual. This course will look at Part VI Coastal Project Element Design. This course will cover the types and functions of coastal structures, site-specific design conditions, materials and construction aspects, fundamentals of design, and provide example problems.

    This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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