December 14, 2020

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Jerko Kocijan to Co-Teach Geotechnical Design of Port Facilities ASCE Continuation Course

Jerko Kocijan, Ph.D., P.E., GE, M.ASCE (California) will co-teach an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) online continuation course entitled "Geotechnical Design of Port Facilities” sponsored by Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) and the COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee Certificate in Port Engineering Task Committee on January 25 – April 16, 2021.

Jerko's co-instructor will be Nason McCullough, Ph.D., P.E., GE, M.ASCE.

Jerko Kocijan is a Principal Civil and Geotechnical Engineer based in California with more than 15 years of experience focused on nearshore infrastructures and energy projects, with project components ranging from aspects of site characterization, seismic hazard assessment, geotechnical foundation feasibility assessments, and development of final designs. His expertise also includes advance soil-structure assessment using numerical modeling, which can provide invaluable insight into the design of waterfront structures in seismic areas. As part of the value creation approach to design, he is experienced in cost-benefit foundation system selection approach which is based on stakeholder input, subsurface risk assessment, risk mitigation and risk management, and use of latest ground modification and ground improvement techniques.

ASCE's Port Engineering Certificate Program is a series of career-focused courses taught by practicing engineers and university professors providing professional engineers in-demand skills used in the field of port engineering. Attendees will learn the fundamental concepts of port engineering, the design, construction, and management of port facilities, types of seismic design classifications, and how to interpret geotechnical data.

In these 12-week courses, attendees acquire sought-after skills that will help them excel in their current position or advance to a new one. Attendees are taught from the unique insight and knowledge of a master's level instructor who is highly experienced in port engineering.

Created in 2000, the COPRI is a semi-autonomous institute of the ASCE, the country's oldest national engineering society. COPRI's services are designed to complement ASCE's traditional civil engineering base and to attract non-engineering allied professionals who seek to enhance their professional and technical development.

Course Description

This course will provide a general background on the geotechnical design of port facilities. The aspects covered include geotechnical explorations and the interpretation of geotechnical data, the estimate of seismic hazards, and the analysis and design of port facilities. In addition, the course will discuss ground improvement, geotechnical aspects of construction, and other topics. The course will include the criteria used for geotechnical design, the evaluation of extreme hazards, and the design of pile-supported structures, bulkheads, land reclamation, breakwaters, dolphins, ship channels, and embankment slopes. The course will provide the background for the geotechnical analysis and design of port facilities and prepare the student to understand the engineering required for the geotechnical design of port facilities.

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