University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

February 8, 2006
Contact: Renee Paul, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6640

Internationally Renowned Coastal Engineer to Speak at USA College of Engineering

In honor of National Engineers Week, the University of South Alabama College of Engineering will host a lecture by internationally renowned coastal engineer William Allsop at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Room 160 of the Engineering Classroom Building. He will speak on “Waves, Seawalls, and Breakwaters - An Analysis of What We Have Learnt in 40 Years (and Why Does the Sea Still Find Us Out?)”

Allsop is Technical Director for Maritime Structures at HR Wallingford in Wallingford, England, and one of the world’s most recognized authorities on the design of seawalls, piers, breakwaters and other coastal structures.

His work on wave loads on elevated decks has recently been used to explain the damage to highway bridges by hurricanes Katrina and Ivan. He is now working with researchers in USA’s College of Engineering to develop methodologies for the Federal Highway Administration to use in the replacement of those damaged bridges and, potentially, the modification of other existing bridges that may be at risk.

Also a visiting professor at the University of Southampton in Southampton, England, Allsop has contributed directly to the design of dozens of coastal structures throughout the world and indirectly--through his work on international design manuals, codes and standards--to thousands more. In his 37 years at HR Wallingford, he has conducted dozens of design-specific and research-based investigations using small-scale hydrodynamic models for wave overtopping and wave loads and authored over 100 publications.

HR Wallingford is an independent company that carries out consultancy and research in civil engineering hydraulics and the water environment worldwide. Established for almost 60 years, HR Wallingford employs more than 150 engineers, scientists, mathematicians and support staff. Use of physical and computational models studies, desk studies and field data collection are supported by wide-ranging research. Clients include United Kingdom and other government departments, the European Commission and international funding agencies, as well as consultants, contractors and developers.

USA’s Engineers Week lecture featuring Allsop is free and open to the public. For a complete list of Engineers Week events at USA, visit the College of Engineering Web site at
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