Design Considerations for Marine Terminals and Port Facilities

Design Considerations for Marine Terminals and Port Facilities

Design standards and practices in the marine environment have evolved separately from the design codes and standards of conventional buildings. Marine facilities face several uniquely challenging issues, such as modernizing aging infrastructure, repurposing existing industrial facilities for residential purposes, withstanding extreme natural hazards, and adapting to sea level rise. Waterfront infrastructure and port facilities offer many communal benefits for the public, and also play a critical role in the nation’s economy. These structures are key pieces of the maritime transportation system and are vital for moving goods and supporting international trade. As such, operational requirements and performance expectations are crucial when designing these facilities. In this webinar, we will present key design considerations for designing marine terminals and ports and discuss strategies to address their many challenges.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the unique design challenges posed in the marine environment.
  • Identify the main types of marine structures and how to design for changes in their use.
  • Learn tips for addressing extreme hazards and adapting to sea level rise.
  • Recognize the importance of operational input and performance criteria within the design process.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Julie  Galbraith
Julie Galbraith | Senior Project Manager

Julie Galbraith has extensive engineering experience in the maritime industry, including structural design of new marine terminals and port infrastructure, as well as seismic retrofits, condition assessments, maintenance and repair plans, and design of mooring and berthing systems. She has completed numerous seismic assessments for piers and wharves, with specialized experience in performance-based analysis. Julie has also provided construction support services to owners and contractors. She has collaborated on large project teams evaluating the port-wide risks associated with earthquake hazards and sea level rise, and she had led the structural evaluation and design of mitigation measures to address these risks.

Justin Pyun
Justin Pyun | Senior Consulting Engineer

Justin Pyun is a structural engineer with diverse experience in the marine, heavy civil, and building industries. His work experience includes new design and retrofit of marine structures and buildings; inspection of marine facilities; condition and seismic risk assessments; and design of excavations, retaining walls, and foundation systems. His technical expertise includes seismic analysis and design of marine infrastructure using performance-based techniques. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and has published and presented several papers on waterfront structures and terminals to the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) and ASCE’s Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI).