Delta Port Cities

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The aim of this course is to explain the complex dynamics in a delta with a growing port and city. This in connection with the global challenge created by economic growth and the rise in sea level: growing ports and cities in vulnerable deltas.

The course focuses on the technological implementation of possible solutions. There are four theoretical main subjects: Port & City Development, Delta Engineering, Water Systems Engineering and Dredging Technology. The minor is taught in English and also open to international students. Below, the objectives of each main subject are described briefly.

The theoretical part of the course is interspersed by external projects where experience is gained through 'learning by doing', comprising brief (two-weekly) assignments at a port, contractor, engineering firm or water authority. The assignments may involve analysing a certain problem or using supplementary theory to conduct a 'serious game'.

Subjects


Port & City Development
This module aims to give students an overview of how ports are designed and how they are integrated in a citywide plan. There are many challenges facing port cities in terms of their sustainability and the impact of climate change. During this course, students will learn about key aspects of climate resilient design and sustainable development approaches. Students will need to use analysis tools and techniques in order to assess the feasibility and environmental impact of their design.

• The student is able to design a port (greenfield or extension) based on given throughput figures, local constraints and port-city interaction.
• The student is able to understand how climate change influences port city developments and has knowledge of sustainable design approaches.
• The student is able to apply spatial analysis techniques to assess the feasibility and environmental impact of their port city design.

Water Systems Engineering
This module is aimed at developing students' skills in the hydraulic design of water systems. The transport of water is an important aspect of any delta port city and professional engineers need to have a good understanding of hydraulic principles and appropriate design practices. The focus of this course will be on pump operation, pumping station design and piped distribution networks.

• The student will be able to understand the basic hydraulic concepts for water transport for both gravity and pumped flow.
• The student will have knowledge of the materials and equipment used within the civil engineering sector for water transport and distribution.
• The student will be able to apply hydraulic concepts to design a water pumping system.
• The student will be able to analyse a water distribution network in order to ensure suitable flows and pressures are achieved under different scenarios.

Dredging Technology
• The student is able to evaluate a soil investigation report, determine the soil characteristics for dredging and evaluate the limitations for dredging.
• The student is able to design a dredging strategy and calculate the production and costs of dredging.
• The student is able to analyse and evaluate bathymetric surveys, distract volumes and determine accuracies.
• The student is able to calculate and evaluate the transport of slurries by evaluating the pump-drive-pipeline interaction.

Delta Engineering
The student is able to design a breakwater, river training works and coastal protections.

Study Programme

This minor is part of the Hanze UAS Groningen (Dutch-taught) Built Environment bachelor's programme.

Minor type

Mandatory: students following the Built Environment programme and taking a major in Civil Engineering (Civiele Techniek) must choose at least one of the following minors: Structural Engineering or Delta Port Cities.

Will take place in

Semester 2 (spring semester)

Number of ECTS credits

30

Language

English

Available to

• students following the Built Environment programme at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (minor enrolment via Osiris);
• Students from our partner institutions abroad. You can apply once your university has officially nominated you. Please contact Ms J.M. Gerdes via j.m.gerdes@pl.hanze.nl. The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 May, for the spring semester this is 15 October.

Contact person

Mr D. Ernsten (Dirk)
E: d.ernsten@pl.hanze.nl
T: (+31) 50 595 29 73

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