Historic Review of Coastal Engineering
Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.
This course will review in detail the ancient and modern day Coastal Engineering developments. The basic concepts learned thousands of years ago still apply to today's engineering principles and practices.
The history of coastal engineering reaches back over five thousand years to the ancient world bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf. Coastal engineering, as it relates to harbors, starts with the development of maritime traffic, perhaps before 3500 BC
Recently, archaeologists, using modern survey techniques, excavations, and old documents have revealed some of the sophisticated engineering in these old harbors. Technically interesting features have shown up and are now reappearing in modern port designs. Common to most ancient ports was a well planned and effectively located seawall or breakwater for protection and a quay or mole for loading vessels, features frequently included in modern ports.
In England, coastal engineering works date back to the Romans, who recognized the danger of floods and sea inundation of low-lying lands.
The origins of the USACE date to June of 1775, at the beginning of the American War of Independence, when the Second Continental Congress authorized General Washington to assign a "chief engineer" for the "grand army".
This course is
based entirely on Chapter 3 History of Coastal Engineering of "The Coastal
Engineering Manual "-EM 1110-2-1100. This course includes a multiple-choice
quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.
At the completion of this course the student will have reviewed the following topics, and will possess a good historic background of Coastal Engineering.
This course would be very informative for engineers or architects who are interested in the history and basis of modern day Coastal Engineering.
This course will
review the design, operation, and theory of Coastal Engineering over thousands
of years, showing how advances in Coastal Engineering of today has been refined
over thousands of years.
This course is based entirely on the review USACE Chapter 3 History
of Coastal Engineering of EM 1110-2-1100.
The link to the course materials is as follows:
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for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first
save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save
Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
At the completion
of this class the design professional will have a historical viewpoint of Coastal
Engineering, and will understand how the principles of modern day Coastal Engineering
have developed over thousands of years.