Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference 2022

The conference theme “Te oranga takutai – Adapt and Thrive” recognises the dynamic coastal environment that we live in, and the need for coastal communities to be resilient and adaptable to thrive.

Australasian Coasts & Ports brings together engineers, scientists and planners; academics, practitioners and those in the construction industry to focus on the present and future challenges of adapting coastal communities to thrive in dynamic coastal environments. The conference will feature engaging keynote speakers, incorporate numerous concurrent streams for technical presentations, trade exhibition, half-day field trips and the opportunity to network with colleagues in a vibrant social programme. 

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BMT Presentations

LNG-to-Power Marine Infrastructure / Ramkrishna Darji / Monday 11:10am (AEST)

LNG is expected to play an important role as transition fuel towards decarbonizing the power and maritime sectors this decade. In ASEAN region, the power industry has an important role to ensure affordable electricity to all to ensure common prosperity. Development of LNG to Power projects are towards meeting nation's socio-economic goal of low carbon future and affordable electricity to the population. But LNG to Power projects are complex and with challenges esp. in creating the marine infrastructure.

Ramkrishna leads the Maritime Design team at BMT Singapore office. Our Maritime Design team in Singapore has extensive experience in the maritime infrastructure related projects, including fixed structures and floating structures. Ramkrishna’ s qualification is Master of Technology in the field of Structural Engineering. He has over 16 years of experience in designing and managing infrastructure projects like marine structures, refinery and bridges. 

Operational Beach Erosion Early Warning System (BEES) / Simone De Kleermaeker (Deltares) / Monday 11:50am

An operational beach erosion early warning system has been developed for the City of Gold Coast. The tool is being used to proactively identify at-risk infrastructure that might be impacted by beach erosion, and to plan for recovery by prioritising works areas based on the forecast erosion along the coast. The system has been developed using the EVO shoreline evolution model and Delft-FEWS platform and has been operational since the Summer of 2020/2021.

(Co-authors: Dr Matthew Barnes, Dr Ian Teakle, Courtney Wharton (City of Gold Coast)

As a mathematician, Simone has over 20 years’ experience with water related topics, working for the Dutch not-for-profit knowledge institute Deltares, working on Flood Early Warning Systems all around the globe. Since 2015 she has been based in Brisbane, where she has enriched her Dutch approach with some Australian flair. Simone cycles everywhere as practicable to minimise her carbon footprint and is also a creative dress designer.


Development and Application of a Modelling Framework to Support Assessment of Diverse Environmental Impacts in a Coastal Marine Environment / Dr Louise Bruce / Monday 2:00pm (AEST)

(Co-authors: Dr Martin Lourey, Jarryd Barnes, Dr Michael Barry, Dr Daniel Botelho, Hamid Fanai, Dr Robert De Roach, Dr Adam Gartner, Philip Kindleysides, Emma McCall and Brad Saunders).

Coastal regions with high population density and urban development are often subject to deleterious environmental impacts resulting from overlapping and complex anthropogenic stressors. Preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in such settings can therefore be challenging. Numerical models are often developed as part of an EIA process to assist in addressing these challenges. We will be presenting on the three dimensional hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality model of Cockburn Sound, Western Australia that had been developed and applied multiple times to support EIAs in the coastal waters.

Louise is an engineer with over 20 years experience in both numerical and ecological sciences. Louise combines her scientific knowledge of aquatic ecosystems and numerical methods with engineering design in the use of environmental models to analyse and predict ecosystem response. Her career has spanned the progression of environmental models from simple 1-D to more complex 3-D dynamically coupled hydrodynamic water quality models.

From early in her career, Louise has been involved in model development including the Aquatic EcoDynamic Models (AED), a complex suit of process based biogeochemical models that can be custom fit to any aquatic ecosystem and be dynamically linked to a growing list of hydrodynamic models. By linking catchment, receiving waters and coastal models, Louise’s expertise spans the catchment to coast continuum.

Next generation e-navigation and training using new IHO S-100 synthetic environment modelling / Dr Phil Thompson / Tuesday 2:00pm (AEST) 

Phil currently leads the Simulation and Training Services business at BMT. His extensive work in e-Navigation, Traffic Simulation, Digital Twinning and Digital Reconstruction Forensics has led to the world’s leading ship operators and statutory marine accident investigation bodies to adopt BMT navigation simulators for port planning and navigation training. Users include Shell, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and counterparts in the U.K., Australia and the Netherlands. Phil is also currently leading a number of joint industry developments in Autonomous Surface Vessels, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Machine Vision Capabilities and the impacts on Future Port Design.

Environmental Management Challenges for a Capital Dredging Program in a Complicated Place / Lisa McKinnon / Wednesday 8:10am (AEST)

(Co-authors: Tim Green)

Lisa McKinnon is an experienced Principal Environmental Scientist with 22 years’ experience in the environmental management, sustainability and climate change areas. Lisa started her career at Brisbane City Council in the environmental management of Council projects and strategy development, before working in the UK on major urban development EIS’ for ENVIRON.  Lisa has led major environmental assessments and construction management for a number of large-scale infrastructure and master planning projects including the NDRRA road construction program across Queensland, the Spencer Gulf Port Link iron ore jetty construction and the Cairns Cruise Shipping Development Project.

Clinton Vessel Interaction Project Dredge Plume Monitoring and Fine Sediment Assessment / Dr Paul Guard / Wednesday 8:30am (AEST)

(Co-authors: Mitchel Baum, Federico Pastorelli)

BMT undertook a thorough measurement and modelling process to quantify the amount of fine sediment released to the environment during the Clinton Vessel Interaction Project dredging at the Port of Gladstone. The presentation will outline key aspects of the methodology and lessons learned.

Paul is a Senior Coastal Engineer with the Coastal Group within BMT. He has an honours undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering (2000) and a PhD in Coastal Engineering (2010), both through the University of Queensland. Paul was the lead numerical modeller for a number of Environmental Impact Statement projects including the Townsville Port Expansion Project EIS and the Arrow LNG Plant Project EIS in Port Curtis. He has been involved in a large number of projects in Port Curtis, including numerical modelling for the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project EIS, modelling thermal plumes for the Gladstone Power Station and the provision of data for ship simulation purposes. He is currently the lead numerical modeller for the Port of Gladstone Channel Duplication Project EIS.

Paul’s main area of expertise is in the modelling of coastal processes, in particular ocean waves, coastal sediment transport and beach morphology.  Paul also has experience in urban water supply and stormwater systems, riverine hydrology and hydraulic modelling.

Validating a Novel Design Approach for a Confined Dredge Material Placement Site / Dr Zac Couper / Wednesday 8:50am (AEST)

(Co-author: Tim Green)

Zac has been involved with a large variety of projects during his 20+ years’ experience, encompassing building, civil and marine structures. As a structural engineer, he has experience in preliminary and detailed analysis and design, and technical review of a diverse range of civil and marine structures. He has spent 24 months in on-site roles (Adelaide Desalination Project and South East Transit Project) providing site inspection and engineering advice on civil works and concrete construction, and has been involved in several inspections of existing marine structures requiring capacity upgrades, including the Karumba Wharf and the Austal Ships Wharf Expansion. 

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