Project Description

AdelaideAdelaide’s Living Beaches Strategy has been developed by the Coastal Protection Branch of the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. It is the future management strategy for all of Adelaide’s metropolitan beaches.

Coastal Engineering Solutions was commissioned by the Coastal Protection Branch of the (then) Department for Environment and Heritage to undertake a major coastal processes study for the entire metropolitan coastline of Adelaide – from Kingston Park in the south, to Outer Harbour in the north. The study incorporated state-of-the-art mathematical modelling techniques to provide an insight into past, existing and future scenarios of littoral processes. The study provided the essential technical foundation for the development of innovative foreshore management strategies.

Adelaide’s Living Beaches Strategy aims to successfully manage erosion threats to metropolitan coastal assets by replenishing beaches and only using foreshore structures in critical locations to impede the natural northerly drift of littoral sand.

Adelaide-Coastal-Processes-Study-Glenelg-AerialCoastal Engineering Solutions subsequently provided specialist advice regarding implementation of the strategy which incorporates three key initiatives namely; recycling sand by more efficient sand transfer systems; incorporation of sand bypassing operations at harbours into the management process; and the placement of coarse sand from external sources into the active beach system.

Coastal Engineering Solutions’ unique depth and breadth of technical skills – of not only being able to undertake state-of-the-art numerical model “studies” but to also translate the findings of such investigations into practical solutions – makes the experience of our team so valuable to Coastal Management Studies.