Wave Walker: Sponsor of the Keynote Theatre 2

Keynote Theatre 1 - Sponsored By Wavewalker

Wednesday 12th September

Thursday 13th September


11.00 - 11.30

Stephen Fort (Chief Engineer, Atkins)

Ground Engineering at the Coast – Coping with Climate Change

The effects of climate change in the coastal setting will be introduced in the context of the scenarios developed by the UK Climate Impacts Programme. The importance of understanding the influences of climate, groundwater and erosion on the coastal margins will be discussed, together with how they can be managed through engineering and environmental investigations and design to inform the selection, design, construction and resilience of an engineering scheme.


11.45 - 12.15

Katie Cresswell-Maynard

Engineering to change the world

In some way, all of the largest environmental and human development issues facing the global community have their solutions rooted in engineering. Engineers create and supply the technology and infrastructure that people use and rely on and are key to humanity’s responses to the grand challenges that we all now face. How can we ensure that engineers are inspired to work towards addressing these grand challenges so we can achieve sustainable development for the benefit of people everywhere?


12.30 - 13.00

Gareth Evans

The inspection and repair of maritime structures

The talk will discuss current inspection techniques and repair methods for port structures and how these need to be integrated with Asset Management Systems. It will then look at how new technology is being used to assist in the process and how Structural Health Monitoring is likely to change our approach to inspection.


13.15 - 13.45

Stephen Armory

Microsoft HoloLens and the future of Marine & Coastal Engineering

Stephen Armory discusses Mixed Reality and the likely uses in Marine & Coastal Engineering. Stephen will take you through the key components of this fascinating new field and highlight areas that are of particular interest to Engineers. These include applications such as Remote Assistance, Training, Design, Prototyping, Spatial Planning and Fault Diagnosis. It is hoped that this session will provide a solid grounding in the subject allowing attendees to begin to unlock the potential of this exciting new technology.


14.00 - 14.30

Duncan Aspin

Behaviour change: The ripple effect

Duncan passionately believes that we need to embrace people as the strength in any organisation, creating an environment that puts those that do the work at the centre of making the decisions. Following the principle of “you own what you help to create”, Duncan will describe how VolkerStevin, one of the UK’s leading maritime and flood risk management contractors, has a behavioural change programme which is designed around developing a positive environment, putting decision making with the skilled workers carrying out the work.


14.45 - 15.15

Kimble West BEng CEng MICE

Difficult access engineering inspection of Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge

The construction of the Royal Albert Bridge was famously completed in 1859. Its huge size and towering height means that engineering specialists are required in order to get to every part of this varied structure; engineers employing a variety of difficult access techniques such as Industrial Rope Access, Commercial Diving, Sonar scanning and Confined Space Entry; engineers that can reach the parts other engineers cannot reach…


15.30 - 16.00

Paul Datson

Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development. Overview of the marine, reclamation and compaction.

The £250 million DWDR development is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port and represents the next exciting evolution of the Port, delivering long-term capacity for a key international gateway handling trade to the value of £122bn representing up to 17% of UK trade in goods. The development is being delivered by the VSBW ( Volker Stevin and Boskalis Westminster) JV. This seminar will provide an overview of the dredging, reclamation and CDC ( compaction ) that was undertaken by Boskalis and sister company Cofra UK.