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SEAoT Houston June 2021 Webinar

  • 06/17/2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • online webinar
  • 41



Noon-1:00 pm (1 PDH)

Online Webinar via Zoom


Practical Considerations for Serviceability Design of Marine Infrastructure


Carlos Ospina, PhD, PE, FACI, Principal and Vice President with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger


Spanning from berth quays, docks, piers and bulkheads to container yards, cargo areas and buildings, awareness among terminal operators on the need to construct new or repair/upgrade existing structures to comply with the stringent serviceability requirements associated with marine facilities is paramount to ensure adequate operations and proper functioning of terminal equipment while preserving or even extending the expected design life of these structures. Based on personal observation of damage/deterioration in port facilities as part of inspections as a consultant and pictorial evidence documented through the years, the presentation highlights common deficiencies observed in the design and construction of a wide variety of marine structures while presenting recent developments in serviceability design and practical considerations aimed at rendering an adequate response of port structures to service level loads.

Presenter's Bio:

Carlos E. Ospina, PhD, PE, FACI, is Principal and Vice President with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) in Houston, TX. As a Regional Lead of the company’s marine group, he is responsible for planning, design and support during construction of marine infrastructure projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean. A large bulk of the topics covered in his presentation are drawn from his long list of near shore marine project experience in more than 20 countries. He is heavily involved in technical committee work as a voting member of ACI 318 (Structural Concrete Building Code), Chair of 318F (Foundations), and voting member of ACI 543 (Concrete Piles), and ASCE/COPRI 61 and PIANC WG 225, which deal, respectively, with the seismic design of pile-supported piers and wharves, and port structures.

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