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Education of coastal engineers for the 50th ICCE

05 Aug 1997-Vol. 1, Iss: 25, pp 4431-4439

AbstractIn general the problem in education is that we teach nowadays students the knowledge from five years ago, to be applied in the next 5 to 15 years (I admit, the student of today will have reached his retirement when he will participate in the 50th ICCE, the title is exaggerating reality). When one analyses the developments in the profession, it is clear that teaching present day facts is not very useful. We have to teach approaches, design philosophy, concepts, etc. What the meaning is for education of coastal engineers will be worked out in this paper.

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01 Jan 2003
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to bring some international perspectives on the policy, design, construction, and monitoring aspects of Hydraulic and Coastal Structures in general, and whenever possible, to present some comparison (or reasons for differences) between the experiences of various countries and/or geographical regions. This chapter reviews the trends of our hydraulic/coastal engineering profession and presents an overview of miscellaneous aspects, which should be a part of the entire design process for civil engineering structures. This overview ranges from initial problem identification boundary condition definition and functional analysis, to design concept generation, selection, detailing an costing and includes an examination of the construction and maintenance considerations and quality assurance/quality control aspects. It also indicates the principles and methods, which support the design procedure making reference as appropriate to other parts of the chapter. It must be recognized that the design process is a complex iterative process and my be described in more than one way. Some speculation on the possible future needs and/or trends in hydraulic and coastal structures in the larger international perspective is also presented briefly.

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