At WSP, we have long-standing expertise with the key parameters that affect breakwater performance and a proven track record of delivering breakwater projects across the globe. We know that vessel downtime is a serious issue for a busy modern commercial port, so we employ state-of- the-art optimization techniques to ensure that breakwaters create calm and quiet water for marine traffic. In construction, methodology and materials should be considered to devise a truly optimal solution.
Factors that affect the overall design of a breakwater include the choice of materials, site conditions, construction techniques and the future maintenance regime for the structure. WSP has experience in the design of all sizes of breakwaters, from shore-based groynes or fishtails of several yards in length to shore-based or offshore breakwaters stretching over several miles. We have developed a robust portfolio of design techniques, including basic design, physical model testing, detailed design and preparation of technical specifications – all tailored to the specific requirements of each new breakwater.
Our in-house geotechnical capability is tailored to individual projects to mitigate the settlement issues that are sometimes encountered during the construction and post-construction stages. We also have relationships with industry-recognized physical modeling laboratories that construct physical models to allow design testing in simulated environments, eliminating guesswork and providing insight into the future performance of a given design in a real scenario. Our team also has a wide range of site supervision experience, from condition surveys and repair design to site supervision – both for new constructions and as part of a remediation or maintenance project.