All the advances and developments in the sector, in a high level Postgraduate Diploma" 

In this Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to defining port planning and its historical evolution, it develops the different port planning instruments required for the exercise of the profession specialized in port infrastructures. 

It is complemented, as it could not be otherwise, with the contents of the recommendations of maritime works of state ports for port planning and includes the compilation of the up-to-date international regulations necessary for the design of maritime works globally. 

In the part of port planning and regulations, it will provide the student with the ability to carry out the planning exercise of port infrastructures and the regulatory tools for the design of port infrastructures. 

The subject of port maritime layout and berthing works is the first module of port infrastructure design of the Postgraduate Diploma. Firstly, it focuses on the maritime layout of the Port including both plan and elevation dimensioning. Sizing is based on the ROM Maritime Works Recommendations. 

Another interesting aspect of this Postgraduate Diploma is that it focuses on the design of piers, with their classification according to various factors and with the parameters for choosing the most suitable type of structure. Additionally, several examples of berthing works and their characteristics are shown, so that the student can become familiar with the design of docks. 

The students will acquire knowledge about the types of berthing works, the advantages and disadvantages of each type and the construction procedures for these works. They will also gain the ability to structurally design berthing works. 

The module covers both vertical and slope dams, design, actions on the dams, required stability checks, as well as the various construction considerations that the student should be aware of. 

It also develops the point of scale models of embankment dams and shows a series of examples of constructed dams that will provide the student with a first approach to the design of these. 

At the end of the course, the student will have knowledge of the physical marine environment and knowledge of the typologies of external maritime works, the advantages and disadvantages of each type and the construction procedures of maritime works.

Likewise, students will acquire the capacity for the structural design of dikes and the design of port infrastructures, from bathymetry and geophysical studies to the geotechnical campaigns required for the subsequent geotechnical study of the projects.  

A complete in depth study of the most current criteria in the design of port infrastructures”  

The Postgraduate Diploma in Port Infrastructure Design contains the most complete and up-to-date educational program on the market. The most important features include:

  • The development of practical cases presented by experts in Port Infrastructures
  • The graphic, schematic, and practical contents with which they are created provide scientific and practical information on the disciplines that are essential for professional development
  • Practical exercises where self assessment can be used to improve learning
  • Its special emphasis on innovative methodologies in Port Infrastructures
  • Theoretical lessons, questions to the expert, debate forums on controversial topics, and individual reflection assignments
  • Content that is accessible from any fixed or portable device with an Internet connection

A quality program that will allow you, in addition to following the specialization, to have complementary support and information banks available"

Its teaching staff includes professionals from the field of civil engineering, who bring to this specialization the experience of their work, as well as recognized specialists from leading companies and prestigious universities. 

The multimedia content, developed with the latest educational technology, will provide the professional with situated and contextual learning, i.e., a simulated environment that will provide immersive education programmed to learn in real situations. 

This program is designed around Problem-Based Learning, whereby the professional must try to solve the different professional practice situations that arise throughout the Postgraduate Diploma. For this purpose, the professional will be assisted by an innovative interactive video system developed by renowned and experienced experts in Port Infrastructures.    

This program has the best teaching material available online or downloadable, to make it easier for you to manage your study and effort”

A very complete specialization, created with a total quality objective focused on bringing our students to the highest level of competence”


The syllabus of the Postgraduate Diploma is configured as a complete tour through each and every one of the knowledge necessary to understand and assume the ways of working in this field. With an approach focused on practical application that will allow you to grow as a professional from the first moment of the program.

A comprehensive syllabus focused on acquiring knowledge and converting it into real skills, created to propel you to excellence"

Module 1. Port Planning and Regulation 

1.1. Strategic Planning  
1.2. Port Planning: Levels and Instruments 
1.3. Strategic Plan 
1.4. Master Plans 

1.4.1. Objectives  
1.4.2. Demand Analysis 
1.4.3. Supply Capacity 

1.5. Delimitation of Port Areas and Uses 
1.6. Port-City Relationship 
1.7. ROM Maritime Works Recommendations 

1.7.1. Introduction 
1.7.2. Current ROM 

1.8. International Regulations 

1.8.1. Pianc 
1.8.2. British Standard BS 6349 
1.8.3. Other Standards, Manuals and Reference Books for Port Design 

1.9. Impact of Climate Change on Port Infrastructures 

Module 2. Maritime Port Layout and Berthing Works 

2.1. Maritime Port Layout: Elevation Requirements 

2.1.1. Project Criteria  
2.1.2. Ship 
2.1.3. Water Level 
2.1.4. Bottom 

2.2. Maritime Port Layout: Elevation Requirements 

2.2.1. Navigation Areas 
2.2.2. Harbour Mouth 
2.2.3. Maneuver 
2.2.4. Docks and Maneuvers 
2.2.5. Operation 

2.3. In plant Port Dimensioning  

2.3.1. General Considerations for Location, Orientation and Alignments 
2.3.2. Determination of the Number of Berths 
2.3.3. Length of Berthing Line 
2.3.4. Dimensioning of Heels and Ramps 
2.3.5. Determination of Width 

2.4. Port Dimensioning in Elevation 

2.4.1. Dock Superstructure Crest Elevation 
2.4.2. Mooring Berthing Ditch 
2.4.3. Longitudinal Profile of Heels and Ramps 
2.4.4. Operating Area Slopes 

2.5. General and Classification of Berthing Works 

2.5.1. General Aspects on Berthing Works 
2.5.2. General and Functional Classification 

2.6. Mooring and Berthing Works: Structural Typology 

2.6.1. Classification According to Structural Typology 

2.7. Main Elements of the Berthing Works 
2.8. Classification of Berthing and Mooring Works according to the Structural Typology of their Parts 
2.9. Berthing Works: Parameters for the Choice of Structural Typology 

2.9.1. Berthing Works: Geotechnical and Seismic Parameters 
2.9.2. Berthing Works: Morphological, Climatic and Environmental Parameters 
2.9.3. Berthing Works: Construction and Material Parameters, Use and Operation, and Maintenance and Conservation 

2.10. Examples of Berthing Works and Characteristics

Module 3. Design of Shelter Works 

3.1. Slope Dikes: General and Environmental Actions for Design 

3.1.1. General Aspects 
3.1.2. Marine Climate 
3.1.3. Sea Level 
3.1.4. Wave Surges in Slope Dikes 

3.2. Design of Slope Dikes 

3.2.1. Sections Type 
3.2.2. Analysis of Alternatives 

3.3. Dimensioning of Slope Dikes 

3.3.1. Materials 
3.3.2. Failure Mechanism 
3.3.3. Main Elements of the Slope Dike 
3.3.4. Superstructure 

3.4. Considerations for Slope Dike Construction 
3.5. Slope Dike Scale Models and Examples 

3.5.1. Considerations for Slope Dike Construction 
3.5.2. Examples of Slope Dikes 

3.6. Vertical Dikes: General Aspects and Main Elements 

3.6.1. General Aspects 
3.6.2. Foundations for Vertical Dikes 
3.6.3. Substructure of Vertical Dikes 
3.6.4. Superstructure of Vertical Dikes 

3.7. Classification of Vertical Dikes 

3.7.1. Classification According to Type of Foundations 
3.7.2. Classification According to Type of Caisson 
3.7.3. Classification According to Energy Dissipation 
3.7.4. Classification According to the Type of Ramparts 
3.7.5. Mixed Type Vertical Dikes 
3.7.6. Vertical Dikes of Cylindrical Geometry 

3.8. Structural Stability and Wave-Structure Interaction in Vertical Dikes 

3.8.1. Wave Actions 
3.8.2. Reflection 
3.8.3. Transmission 
3.8.4. Rebase 
3.8.5. Stability and Bearing Capacity of Foundations 

3.9. Considerations for Slope Dike Construction 
3.10. Examples of Vertical Dikes 

3.10.1. Examples of Vertical Dikes 

Module 4. Field Studies and Port Geotechnics 

4.1. Basic Field Studies. Bathymetric Control 

4.1.1. Background Examination Study. Comprehensive Knowledge of the Littoral and Reservoir Bottom 
4.1.2. Bathymetric Campaign: Project Preparation 

4.2. Bathymetry: Data Editing and Debugging 

4.2.1. Tidal Correction 
4.2.2. Elimination of False Echoes 
4.2.3. Export X, Y, Z 
4.2.4. Results and Functionalities 

4.3. Bathymetry: Equipment for Bathymetric Surveys 

4.3.1. Single Beam and Multibeam Echo Sounder 
4.3.2. Sound Profiler 
4.3.3. GPS 
4.3.4. D.G.P.S GPS 
4.3.5. Gyroscopic and Wave Compensator 
4.3.6. Hydrographic Software 

4.4. Marine Geophysics 

4.4.1. Equipment for Geophysical Campaigns 
4.4.2. Geophysical Campaign 

4.5. Complementary Field Studies 

4.5.1. Sediment Samples 
4.5.2. Data Collection Campaigns 

4.6. Geotechnical Prospecting Campaigns 
4.7. Instrumentation and Control of Maritime Works 
4.8. Geotechnical Recommendations for the Design of Maritime and Port Works - ROM 05-05 part l 
4.9. Geotechnical Recommendations for the Design of Maritime and Port Works - ROM 05-05 part II 
4.10. Geotechnical Actions of Port Works

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