RI ASCE March Dinner Meeting

When:  Mar 14, 2024 from 05:30 PM to 09:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Rhode Island Section

Speaker: Timothy W. Smith, P.E | Project Manager at GZA GeoEnvironmental 

Topic: Cellular Pier Rehabilitation Design

Steel sheet pile cellular piers and bulkheads have served as an integral part of modern marine infrastructure and are commonplace at ports, shipyards, and marine terminals across the globe. Steel sheet pile structures in the marine environment will generally reach their service life as a result of significant deterioration of the steel elements which typically originates within the corrosion aggressive tidal zone. This corrosion generally necessitates the repair, replacement, or reconstruction of the structure at significant cost to the owner.

Unlike linear bulkheads and other similar steel structures, repairs to steel cells adds an additional challenge due to the interconnection and interdependence of adjacent cells. Solutions utilized in the past include over-sheeting or under-sheeting existing steel cells to create a new structure and are often not a viable solution due to structural pilings within the cells supporting pier. Similarly, demolition and replacement of a cellular structure can be difficult and costly. The cellular pier discussed herein is one such case where neither demolition nor installing new cells was an option. Our rehabilitation solution re-faces the solid fill cellular pier by relying upon the remaining capacity of the existing deteriorated structure to reduce loading conditions on the new linear steel replacement wall.

Bio: Timothy W. Smith, P.E. is a project manager in the waterfront / coastal engineering group at GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island. At GZA he has over 7 years of design practice with experience in retaining wall / seawall design, shallow and deep foundation design, and mooring analysis. He received an M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 2017 where he focused his studies on structural and geotechnical engineering.

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Black Angus Sirloin

Broiled Chicken Breast

Baked Scrod w/ Seafood Dressing

served with mashed potatoes and vegetables

5:30pm Social Hour

6:30pm Dinner/Presentation


Twin Oaks
100 Sabra Street
Cranston, RI 02910

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