• IStructE Conference on
    Structural Engineering in Hazard Mitigation 2013
    • Palace of Westminster
      London
    • Tiananmen Square
      Beijing
    • Tongji Architectural Design (TJAD)
      Shanghai
    • Tower Bridge
      London
    • Tsinghua University
      Beijing
    • Tsinghua University
      Beijing
    • Tongji University
      Shanghai

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Andrew Whittle

Prof. Andrew Whittle

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
Design and Performance of Coastal Flood Protection Systems

Professor Whittle earned the B.Sc. (Eng.) from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, in 1981 and the Sc.D. from MIT in 1987. While in graduate school, he was the MIT John F. Kennedy Scholar from 1982 to 1984. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute in 1987-88. He joined the MIT faculty in 1988 and promoted to full professor in 2000. From 2009-2013 he served as Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Much of Whittle's research deals with modeling soil behavior and predicting the performance of foundations and underground construction projects. His research has been widely used in the design of foundation systems for deepwater oil production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. He has worked extensively on problems of soil-structure interaction for urban excavation and tunneling projects, including Boston's Central Artery-Third Harbor Tunnel and MBTA South Piers transit projects, as well as TrenUrbano, a subway system which began service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2004. In 2008 Whittle established the Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM), an interdisciplinary research program through the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Through this program he has led research efforts to develop wireless sensor networks for monitoring water distribution systems and is currently the Chief Scientific Advisor for an associated start-up company, Visenti Pte.

Whittle is Co-Editor of the International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (since 1999) and previously served on the editorial boards for the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (1993-2009) and the Canadian Geotechnical Journal (2000-2009). He is an active consultant who has worked on more than 40 major onshore and offshore construction projects. He has recently served on two major review panels; one for the National Research Council and National Academy of Engineering (NRC/NAE) investigating the performance of hurricane protection systems in New Orleans, and the second for the Governor of Massachusetts on a 'stem-to-stern' safety review of the Big Dig tunnels in Boston. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. He is also a member of the MIT advisory group working with the ConsorziaVeneziaNuova (CVN) on the MOSE project in Venice.

Dr Whittle has published more than 150 papers in refereed journals and conferences, and received several awards for his work from the American Society of Civil Engineers, including the Casagrande Award (1994), the Croes Medal (1994), Middlebrooks Prize (1997, 2002, and 2005) and Huber Research Award (1998). He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State. In 2010 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Abstract

Large populations worldwide are at high risk from coastal flooding either from storm surge events, associated with major weather systems such as hurricanes, or from the pervasive long-term rise in sea level associated with global warming. Flood-prone nations such as the Netherlands have well-developed comprehensive coastal defense systems, in many more locations, rampant coastal development and erosion have exacerbated flood risk. Recent storm events such as Hurricane Sandy (2012) have highlighted the vulnerability of New York City to coastal flooding, while Japan continues to deal with the massive damage caused by a tsunami triggered by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. This two-part lecture will highlight some of the challenges in the design and performance of coastal flood protection systems based primarily on lessons learned from the flooding of new Orleans in Hurricane Katrina and with on-going design of the MOSE mobile flood barriers in Venice.

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