Coastal and ocean engineering works across land, sea and the open ocean providing specialised knowledge to ensure safe and ecologically sustainable developments. This includes man-made developments such as ports and harbours as well as natural offshore sources and nearshore zones.
Coastal and Ocean engineers work as consulting engineers, project managers, construction contractors, or in specialised government organisations and university teaching and research roles.
The National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering (NCCOE) is a specialist sub-committee of Engineers Australia’s Civil College.
The objectives of the NCCOE are to:
- facilitate initial and continuing education
- assist in relevant tertiary course accreditation
- encouraging and setting priorities for research
- ensure the availability of technical standards
- encourage good coastal and ocean engineering practice
- provide a forum and a network for the exchange of views and experience
- formulate policy for Engineers Australia in the coastal and ocean area
- foster interaction between the profession and the public on technical and social issues.
Priorities for the NCCOE are:
- Improve the management of the coastal zone through an understanding of the coastal environment.
- Develop strategies for hazards and risks in the coastal zone.
- Establish a national coastal and near-ocean data program integrating advanced technologies such as satellite, airborne and shore-based remote sensing.
The NCCOE also assists members with their continuing professional development by facilitating conferences, speaking events, training and recognition of excellence through the Kevin Stark Award.
NCCOE committee members for 2023 are:
- Dr Andrew Pomeroy MIEAust CPEng NER – Chair
- Rhian Wardley GradIEAust – Deputy Chair
- James Carley MIEAust – immediate past Chair
- Edward Couriel FIEAust
- Erica Deegan MIEAust
- Adham Fathy MIEAust NER
- Vikrambhai Garaniya FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
- Peter Horton MIEAust CPEng NER
- Rhys Jones MIEAust CPEng NER
- Jenny Loveday MIEAust CPEng NER
- David Todd FIEAust CPEng
Coastal engineering guidelines for working with the Australian coast in an ecologically sustainable way
These guidelines have been developed by the National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering. Following on from Guidelines for Responding to the Effects of Climate Change in Coastal and Ocean Engineering this publication aims at broader considerations regarding engineering in the coastal zone
Guidelines for responding to the effects of climate change in coastal and ocean engineering
This document updates previous climate change guidelines prepared by the National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering and is designed to complement the coastal engineering guidelines for ecologically sustainable development and the climate change adaptation guidelines in coastal management and planning.
Research priorities for coastal and ocean engineering in Australia
This document is designed as a point of reference for researchers in project selection and for funding bodies when deciding which projects to support. It should also be useful for industries as a check for where research effort is to be applied.
Submission to Tasmanian Draft Coastal Hazard Package
Coastal and ocean engineering provide specialised knowledge needed to ensure safe and ecologically sustainable development of Australia’s nearshore zone, vital ports and harbours and valuable offshore resources.