Nurturing the Young –

Innovation for Sustainability

Events and Activities

Land Reclamation - Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Aspects

Date, time & venue 
2014-09-18;6:30-8:00pm;Lecture Theatre CD 309, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Programme Highlights

This is technical seminar jointly organized by Civil Division of HKIE and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Land reclamation is an important element for the infrastructure development of Hong Kong and other countries around the world. More reclamation projects will be expected in the future due to the increase of population and the rising of sea level. It is important that young engineers enable themselves to tackle various challenges arising from this approach to land generation.  Reclamation projects can have profound impacts on the wave, currents and sediment transport regimes at a given location.  These impacts could have negative, neutral or positive consequences.  Furthermore, the resulting hydrodynamic and sediment transport regimes must be considered in the planning and design of reclamation projects.  Hoping to inspire some young engineers to take up the fields of hydraulic and coastal engineering, the presenter will discuss some of the challenging aspects that need to be addressed during the planning and design phases.  Examples include the changes in the ambient wave and current fields and the impacts on the water quality and the sediment transport around the reclamation and adjacent coasts.  Attention will also be drawn to large reclamation projects in the Middle East.   



Jesper S. Damgaard, General Manager Ports & Marine – Asia Pacific, SMEC International

Mr. Damgaard has over 20 years experience in research, consultancy and business operation in marine and coastal engineering. He has worked on marine related projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.  With expertise in hydrodynamics and sediment transport, Mr. Damgaard has worked on international research projects relating to sediment transport, coastal hydrodynamics, soil liquefaction, soft clay scour and seabed pipelines. He has authored or co-authored fourteen peer-reviewed journal papers and more than twenty conference papers.  On the consultancy side he has participated in key infrastructure projects such as the groundbreaking Schiehallion deepwater oil field, the Brass River LNG, the Mangalore barge-mounted power plant, the Jebel Ali Container Terminal and the Tanjung Priok Port Expansion. He accumulated experience in clay/mud seabed behaviour from projects like the Pinghu Oil & Gas field pipeline scour, the Longman Outfall and the Schiehallion.  Through his ten-year stay in the Middle East, he participated in a number of reclamation projects in the UAE and was the Project Director for the programme management services for the large reclamation project for the ADNOC Upper Zakum Artificial Islands.  Mr Damgaard is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Engineer in UK. 



The seminar will be conducted in English


Registration & Enquiries

This seminar is free of charge and prior registration is not required. The number of participants is limited to 80 and the seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  For enquiries, please contact Ir Laurel Leung at 9177 7629 or via Email:

* Please fill out this form completely