Design of Breakwaters

Get ready to design breakwaters, evaluate them and supervise the construction.

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2021 Edition Online

This course will be offered in an online/remote teaching format due to Covid-19 restrictions. The course's content and learning objectives will remain unchanged, while the duration may be extended. You can contact the course coordinator for more information about the new -temporary- format of the course.

For whom?

Graduates from civil, coastal engineering, involved in the design, construction and supervision or breakwaters


Basic knowledge of the coastal processes such as short waves and tides

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 07 March 2022
End: 25 March 2022
Deadline IHE application: 06 February 2022 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Determine the governing factors and design conditions for design of breakwaters;
  2. Choose the optimal type of breakwater in a specific situation;
  3. Design the crest level based on allowable wave overtopping or transmission;
  4. Design breakwaters from conceptual to detailed and prepare the detailed cross-sections;
  5. Design a physical scale model to test the design of breakwaters or coastal structures;

Course content

This course is delivered by world–renowned Professor Jentsje van der Meer. He will share his valuable experience with the participants and teach them state of the art methods to design breakwaters amongst others based on the newly published literature such as “EurTop 2018 edition” and “Design and Construction of Berm Breakwaters”. Participants will receive a softcopy of both books at the beginning of the course.

This course includes a real case assignment, participants will design a breakwater under the supervision of the lecturers and will present and discuss their design on the last day of the course.


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