PIANC Virtual Seminar 2021


  • Welcome by Mr Francisco Esteban Lefler, President of PIANC
  • Introduction by Mr Greg Haigh, Chairman of PIANC UK

The seminar will also soon be made available on the PIANC YouTube channel.  

Extra Information about the Speakers

Alison Raby

Alison Raby is a Professor of Environmental Fluid Mechanics at the University of Plymouth, where she leads the COAST Engineering Research Group.  Alison is an expert on the interactions of extreme waves with coastal structures, having obtained her doctorate in extreme wave overtopping at the University of Oxford. She has recently led the EPSRC and UK General Lighthouse Authority-funded STORMLAMP project, a collaboration with UCL and Exeter University that has shed light on the structural response of rock lighthouses to wave impacts. She has played a vital role in a number of collaborative initiatives within the UK Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team, aimed at uncovering the precise reasons for the severity of destruction following tsunami inundation. Her work has also led to the verification of a design wave, representative of extreme waves in the coastal zone that will inform extreme wave run up and overtopping structures, both at home and abroad. She is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. When not professionally interacting with waves she enjoys sea swimming which provides a different perspective on the marine environment.

Steve Osborn

Steve Osborn has 47 years professional experience, 41 of which have been in maritime engineering. He is a graduate of Imperial College, London, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

He is past Chairman after 10 years service of the committee that develops and maintains BS 6349, the British Standard on maritime works.  He has worldwide experience on port development and planning, including container terminals, bulk terminals, ferry terminals and cruise terminals geographically located between Russia and Tanzania and between the USA and Pakistan.

He is an acknowledged expert in the design of ferry and RoRo ports, particularly ferry boarding bridges and linkspans, and is currently Chairman of PIANC Working Group 167 on the design of RoRo and RoPax terminals.

Steve is currently Chief Maritime Engineer of Atkins based in Peterborough in the UK and until recently was, for more than 10 years, the Chairman of City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.

Henry Ward

Henry Ward will present a paper written jointly with Adrian Douglas. Henry is a chartered civil engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers with a first class masters degree in civil engineering from the University of Durham. Henry has seven years of experience working in the maritime sector and is currently with Mott MacDonald based in Croydon in the UK.   

Henry has particular experience in the design and assessment of container ports and has worked on container projects in the UK, Caribbean, Middle East and Africa.  Most recently he has been involved with works related to the expansions and upgrades at the Port of Felixstowe and the refurbishment of Swansea West Pier. 

James Smith

James Smith is a chartered engineer and a member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. He has a first class degree from the University of the West of England and a masters degree from Cardiff University.  He started his career in the oil & gas, energy and chemical industries working on both onshore & offshore projects in the North Sea, Norwegian Sector and the Middle East.

In 2017, James joined Beckett Rankine and is a Principal Engineer. Since joining, James has gone on to head up Beckett Rankine’s second UK office located in Bristol which has recently grown following COVID19.

At Beckett Rankine, James has been leading projects which have included LNG, Renewables, RoRo, Bulk Materials and Master Planning in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has delivered projects including Thames Tunnel Tideway Cofferdams, Royal Bridge RoRo berth upgrade in London Medway, Twelve Quays Double Decking in Birkenhead, and a major life extension study for Grain LNG marine facilities which currently provides up to 25% of the UK’s gas supplies.

James has played the drums for nearly 24 years and enjoys hiking & badminton.

Sanaz Hadadpour

1st price winner PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award 2021

Sanaz Hadadpour completed her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (2010) and M.Sc. in Hydraulic Structures Engineering (2012). In 2020, she finished her Ph.D. in Coastal Engineering at Technische Universität Braunschweig.

Through her years of experience in the academy, she has established her skills and strength in systematic planning projects, problem solving and time management. With this strong background, she truly believe she's ready to face new challenges in the industry.