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Marine Structures

Marine structures are a critical part of the global infrastructure. Harsh environments and extreme loads frequently cause damage and accelerated deterioration, even in properly designed marine structures. Some design approaches result in limited redundancy and tolerance for deterioration and damage of marine structures. Evaluation of these structures requires specialized knowledge of marine environments, corrosion, concrete deterioration, and wood decay, as well as marine design standards, modeling techniques, wind and wave action, and marine construction practices.

YAES engineers have extensive experience evaluating marine structures including piers, wharfs, seawalls, floating docks, building platforms, and wave attenuators. Investigation techniques range from visual assessment to destructive and non-destructive testing of components. Structural evaluation often requires analytical modeling of extreme events such as seismic, wind, and wave action; as well as ordinary service loading including the weight of supported components, flotation, and soil-structure interaction. YAES design and construction experience coupled with a forensic background provides clients with a unique resource in the marine engineering industry.

YAES services include:

  • Damage Assessment
  • Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing
  • Structural Analysis
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Development of Repair Drawings
  • Evaluation of Marine Code Requirements