Graduate Certificate in Port Engineering
- CRICOS Code: 096346B
What will I study?
The Graduate Certificate of Port Engineering is a one year part-time course. The course is delivered as a combination of intensive periods of teaching on campus, and distance assessments.
As a port engineering student you’ll focus on port and harbour design and management, dredging engineering and harbour facility planning, design and construction.
You will take three core subjects that blend cutting-edge research with industry applications and case studies:
You will select one elective to deepen your understanding:
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Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this certificate.
- Port Access and Navigation12.5
Port Access and Navigation
The subject examines the management ship traffic in a Port/Harbour. The subject relies on a synergetic approach combining cutting-edge research in Maritime Engineering and strong engagement of a former ship Captain and Harbour Master. A number of industry-based applications and case-study examples will be introduced to complement the lectures.
- Wave theory and marine forecasting;
- Vessel types and handling;
- Navigational aids;
- Underkeel clearance;
- Channel design;
- Port safety;
- Port Organization.
- Dredging Engineering12.5
Dredging is an excavation activity carried out underwater for keeping waterways navigable, beach nourishment and land reclamation. The subject examines Dredging Engineering Fundamentals such as dredging techniques, disposal of dredge material, basic dredge laws, sediment re-suspension and environment aspects. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview of problems by combining cutting-edge research in Maritime and Coastal Engineering and strong engagement of eminent industry-based lecturers from major Australian Port Authorities. A number of industry-based applications and case-study examples will be introduced to complement the lectures. The subject will provide students with a solid grounding in the technologies, concepts, methods & hydrodynamic theories used in the planning, design & execution of dredging projects.
- Types and selection of dredgers;
- Fluid mechanics of dredging;
- Geotechnical issues;
- Survey control;
- Maintenance dredging;
- Coastal and river morphology and sediment transport;
- Environmental studies;
- Hydrodynamic modelling;
- Dredging contracts.
- Port and Harbour Engineering12.5
Port and Harbour Engineering
The subject examines Port/Harbour Planning & Design Fundamentals. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview of problems and issues relevant for port and harbour engineering. The subject relies on a synergetic approach combining cutting-edge research in Maritime Engineering and strong engagement of eminent industry-based lecturers from world leading firms. A number of industry-based applications and case-study examples will be introduced to complement the lectures. The subject will provide students with a solid grounding in the technologies, concepts, methods & hydrodynamic theories used in the planning, design & construction of harbour facilities.
- The business of ports
- Structural design of marine infrastructure
- Port design
- Ships, pilotage and navigation, berthing and mooring
- Harbour hydrodynamics
- Hydrographic surveying
- Corrosion protection
- Civil works at ports.
- Freight Systems12.5
There is a need for civil engineers to increase their knowledge and skills in freight systems since they are actively involved in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and management of a range of freight infrastructure such as roads, bridges and ports. Civil engineers require expertise in freight systems to reduce the social and environmental costs from freight including safety, noise and emissions. Training in freight systems also provides opportunities for freight networks to become more productive and efficient increasing economic benefits for society.
Freight infrastructure allows the freight system to operate, facilitating vital components of our economy, including production, distribution and trade.
The purpose of the freight system relates to its role in providing a service for the economy. Freight transport is a derived demand; it does not exist for its own sake. The primary demand is for the consumption of goods where there is spatial separation. Goods are generally stored, processed and consumed at different locations. There is a need for goods to move to increase their value for producers, manufacturers and consumers. Freight can be considered as the economy in motion. Goods are transported as part of the economic activities of production, manufacturing and consumption.
Freight networks provide a service for producers and manufacturers allowing access to markets for the consumption of goods. The benefit of goods being transported relates to their increased value at their trip destination. Reduced transport operation costs leads to lower production and distribution costs that creates opportunities for lower priced goods.
- Building Information Modeling12.5
Building Information Modeling
In the past few years, the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry has observed the evolution of simple 2D drafting programs into integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) based on 3D spatial technologies. In this subject, students will learn how BIM is used to model, store and visualise architectural, structural, and facilities components of an infrastructure in 3D. Students will also learn how adding time and cost information to BIM allows AEC to foster collaboration in designing infrastructures, minimize the risk of construction errors and optimise the maintenance of them.
The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a career in civil engineering, property management, surveying, spatial information and urban planning but is also relevant to a range of disciplines where 3D building information should be considered.
- Metocean Engineering12.5
The subject examines in-depth the observation, analysis and prediction of wind-generated waves in the open ocean, in shelf seas, and in coastal regions. It also provides an introduction to wave and hydrodynamics modelling as a support for engineering applications. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview of problems by combining cutting-edge research in Maritime and Coastal Engineering and industry applications. The subject will provide students with a solid grounding in wave physics that is essential to evaluate the environmental impact on design and operation of marine structures.
- Linear wave theory;
- Second-order wave theory
- Wave Spectrum;
- Wave Measurements;
- Near-shore processes;
- Wave statistics;
- Hydrodynamics and wave modelling;
- Port Structural Design12.5
Port Structural Design
The subject examines Port/Harbour infrastructures. It provides an in-depth overview of problems and issues relevant for port and harbour engineering. The subject relies on a synergetic approach combining cutting-edge research in Maritime Engineering and strong engagement of eminent industry-based lecturers from world leading firms. A number of industry-based applications and case-study examples will be introduced to complement the lectures.
- Design Process;
- Environmental loads and design values;
- Deck and piles;
- Wharves and jetties;
- Geotechnical issues;
- Breakwater design;
- Construction process.
- Environmental Management ISO 1400012.5
Environmental Management ISO 14000
Environmental Management ISO 14000 aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to apply and help develop environmental management systems. The subject builds on the student’s knowledge of risk management, such as that gained in CVEN30008 Risk Analysis, and develops their ability to identify, assess and manage environmental risk that arises from the construction and operation of manufacturing or infrastructure facilities. It also builds on knowledge about sustainability such as is learnt in the subject CVEN90043 Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering, and other management systems such as those learnt in CVEN90045 Engineering Project Implementation.
At the conclusion of the subject, it is expected that students should be able to work under supervision in a capacity where they are responsible for the maintenance of an existing environmental management system, or assist in developing a new system. They should also be in a position to conduct simple internal audits and assist in more complex internal audits. The subject does not provide students with sufficient practice and skills to immediately become an accredited auditor in Australia.
Environmental Management ISO 14000 will cover the following related areas of study: the history of EMS from Demming Wheel to ISO 14000 series; the elements of an EMS; systems audit and review and gap analysis; legal requirements, due diligence document control, liability and ISO 9000 review; regulation and accreditation; community consultation; emerging issues in environmental management.
- Satellite Positioning Systems12.5
Satellite Positioning Systems
In this subject students will learn the theory and applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as the Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The subject focuses on high precision GNSS, their design and fundamental operational characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, error sources and mitigation, measurement and data processing techniques. It is a pre requisite for the subject GEOM90039 Advanced Surveying and Mapping. The subject is of broad relevance to students with an interest in technology or to those specifically wishing to establish a career in engineering, mining or cadastral surveying, but is also relevant to a range of mapping, spatial, land surveying and civil engineering disciplines where the capture and processing of spatial or survey measurements to meet a specific performance specification should be considered.
High precision GPS surveying, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, GPS measurements, Differential GPS, GPS reference station networks, GPS errors, ellipsoidal heights, geodetic datum, geoid, GPS data processing.
NOTE: An intensive learning period of approximately 3-4 days will be conducted as part of this subject. The exact dates and venue will be confirmed at the start of the subject.