Short Courses

Coastal Modeling System (CMS)*


MODELING SYSTEM (CMS). No onsite registrations will be accepted.

Friday, August 19, 2011, 1:00 -5:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 20, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 21, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please note that Coastal Modeling is a 2 1/2 day course. On Sunday, registrants will have the option of staying with Coastal Modeling or attending one of the other Short Courses at no additional fee.

Instructors: Lihwa Lin, Honghai Li, Mitchell Brown, Ashley Frey, Robert Thomas, Research Hydraulic Engineers, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, Engineering Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The 37th Coastal Inlets Research Program (CIRP) Technology Transfer Workshop will be held August 19, 20, and 21, prior to the 2011 Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice. Workshop attendees will be provided PCs with pre-loaded software, a bound notebook with presentations, and a link to download all software and data sets prior to the conference. A temporary 60-day license* for the Surface-Water Modeling System (SMS) including the Coastal Modeling System (CMS), GenCade, and Particle Tracking Model (PTM) will be provided for applications after the workshop.

The workshop is organized as follows:

Friday, August 19, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Introduction to the Coastal Modeling System (CMS). (Beginners)

The CMS is an integrated wave, current, sediment transport, and morphology change system within the SMS interface. This half-day session is intended for new users of the CMS and SMS and will include an overview of the CMS bathymetry, creating wave and flow grids, set up with basic parameters, and simple hands-on examples with which participants can practice applying CMS.

Saturday, August 20, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Overview and Applications of GenCade. (Beginner thru Advanced)

GenCade is a regional shoreline and inlet evolution model available within the SMS. GenCade is a combination of the popular GENESIS shoreline change model together with Cascade, which incorporates regional geomorphology as well as exchange of sediment between the shorelines and inlet shoals and channels. The sessions are oriented for beginner GenCade users, discussing theory, applications, and several hands-on examples to practice concepts learned.

Sunday, August 21, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Coastal Modeling System Applications for Coastal Engineering Practice. (Intermediate level; must have taken Friday Introduction to CMS and SMS, or have prior CMS/SMS experience).

Applications of the CMS for coastal engineering analysis at Ocean Beach, Dana Point, and Pillar Harbor, California will be discussed, and additional hands-on data will be provided for practice. These engineering projects include advanced features such as telescoping grids, structure transmissibility, and CMS applications with the Particle Tracking Model (PTM). Each case study will include a brief overview of problems encountered, the calibration and validation process, and how forcing data were selected for simulations.

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*U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees may receive full SMS licenses.

Registration Fee: $345 Early Bird, $395 Advance, $425 Onsite


Regional Sediment Management*


Current registrants have the option of signing up for another Short Course at no additional cost.

Sunday, August 21, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Instructors: Linda Lillycrop; Julie Rosati, P.E., D.CE, M.ASCE; John McCormick, Clint Padgett, Mitch Brown, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Regional Sediment Management (RSM) Program offers this Short Course, which will provide an overview of RSM with the objective of outlining procedures used to efficiently implement RSM actions from planning to construction.

In addition to defining and explaining the RSM concept, the course will include discussions on how stakeholders and partners are included in the process and a review of the technical tools, models, and data used to create regional sediment budgets and develop and implement adaptive management strategies to optimize the use of sediments. Case studies of successful implementation of RSM will also be reviewed.

Registration Fee: $125 Early Bird, $150 Advance, $175 Onsite

Sustainability: Going From Aspiration to Inspiration - The Sustainable



Current registrants have the option of signing up for another Short Course at no additional cost.


Sunday, August 21, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructors: Douglas J. Sereno, P.E., M.ASCE, Director of Program Management, Port of Long Beach; Noeleen Tillman, Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainable Seaports (I2S2)

This Short Course will cover the definition of sustainability, evolution of sustainability in the maritime sector, the business case for implementing sustainable approaches at a port, and a case study detailing practical application of sustainability in marine industrial development.

As a result of attending the course, port representatives will have an understanding of sustainability as applied to the maritime industry, tools to share with port management, and example strategies for integrating sustainability into port operations and development.

Registration Fee: $125 Early Bird, $150 Advance, $175 Onsite

Coastal Structures: Sustainable Coastal Restoration - Adaptive and

Structural Solutions


In order to fulfill your sustainability requirements for recertification, you must complete two professional development hours every two years.  While you can obtain the requirement anywhere, we encourage you to attend this upcoming course.

Sunday, August 21, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructors: Joan Pope, Robert Thomas, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

This Short Course will serve as an introduction to coastal and beach flood risk management and erosion mitigation. The course will emphasize a "work with nature" approach where solutions are tailored to provide an intended level of protection appropriate for the physical setting and situation.

The course will be built upon the U.S. Army Engineer Coastal Engineering Manual (particularly Part 5). Topics to be covered include developing strategies for responding to coastal erosion and reducing flood risk, "green" solutions particularly suitable for sheltered shores, beach restoration, structural approaches (when to use, what to use, how to consider), and assessing and adapting innovative solutions. The course will conclude with a panel of experts to foster a free exchange with course participants.

Registration Fee: $125 Early Bird, $150 Advance, $175 Onsite