Design methodology and feasibility analysis of an embankment type pier with a working platform against coastal hazards along a small Philippine island

Author: Clint Chester M. Reyes, Eric C. Cruz, Alexis Phillip A. Acacio, Andrei Raphael P. Dita, Ismael Aragorn D. Inocencio

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As an archipelago, the Philippines relies on water-borne transport for transfer of cargo, passengers and equipment to its various islands. Piers serve as simple engineering solution for docking, to function as access for loading and unloading of equipment to and from vessels. This paper discusses a design methodology of an embankment pier with a working platform to handle heavy construction equipment and machinery during its construction. 

This methodology was applied to the design of a pier for the construction of a resort development along the coastline of Cebu (Figure 1). Cebu is surrounded by neighboring islands, even smaller groups of islands where the project site is located. Geologically speaking, the island shoreline is generally composed of coralline limestone. Given the convenient access of limestone in the vicinity, limestone rocks were incorporated into the design of the pier. The construction phase of the project also requires imported construction materials which are not found on the island. In order to address this, materials shall be transported through a barge which will then dock at the pier.


PIANC 10th International Conference and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC X). Manila, Philippines, 16-20 November 2020

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