Draft Chapter 2—Planning and Design Guidelines for Small Craft Harbors—Entrance Design and Breakwaters

ASCE Ports and Harbors Task Committee—Marinas 2000

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '92


The paper will present a very preliminary draft of the second chapter of an ASCE manual that is currently being developed. The new manual is entitled Planning and Design Guidelines for Small Craft Harbors. The subject of this paper is the contents of Chapter II - Entrance Design and Breakwaters. The paper will follow the attached outline and present all work completed by March of 1992. The objective of presenting this paper is to solicit comments and contributions from other ASCE members or those experienced in the professional discipline. The contents of the chapter will describe the current methods for planning, design and construction of entrance channels and breakwaters. Both the material on entrance channels and breakwaters will discuss methods of monitoring and analyzing the historical environmental conditions at the site for the purpose of evaluating design conditions. Material will also be presented to assist in the analysis of the conditions anticipated within the small craft harbor after project construction. The presentation of design methods will consider a variety of channel improvement techniques and the application of both fixed and floating breakwaters, to include wave attenuators. Considerations that affect design, such as geology, bathemetry, and vessel operation will also be considered. The maintenance and life expectancy of the various design solutions will also be described. It is recognized that the chapter to be presented may well not be complete either at the time of publication or by the Port's 1992 conference date. However, every attempt will be made to present the most comprehensive paper possible.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Small craft | Breakwaters | Construction methods | Historic sites | Construction materials | Ports and harbors | Professional societies

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