Design and Construction of the Pier J Breakwaters at the Port of Long Beach, California

by Russell H. Boudreau, P.E., Moffatt and Nichol Engineers, 250 West Wardlow Road, Long Beach, CA 90808,
Michael G. Ellis, Connolly-Pacific Company, 1925 Pier D Street, Long Beach, CA 90802,
Allen M. Yourman, Jr., Diaz-Yourman and Associates, 17461 Irvine Blvd, Tustin, CA 92680,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Breakwaters '99: First International Symposium on Monitoring of Breakwaters


Several different alternatives to mitigate surge activity were investigated. The most acceptable solution was a pair of new breakwaters that altered the basin geometry to change the basin response characteristics. Thus, detailed physical and numerical model studies were conducted to identify the optimum breakwater configuration. This paper focuses on the cross section design, construction methods and construction monitoring.

Subject Headings: Breakwaters | Coastal protection structures | Ports and harbors | Construction management | Piers | Beaches | Ship motion | Construction methods | California | United States

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