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February 2023 Webinar – Bulk Dock 2 Ship Loader Instrumentation and Fatigue Analysis


Please join us for our webinar Thursday, February 16, when Jeff West and Jeremiah Fasl from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. will present Bulk Dock 2 Ship Loader Instrumentation and Fatigue Analysis.

  • Thursday, February 16, 2023.
  • Noon-1:00 p.m. (Central).
  • Online webinar.
  • Free to SEAoT members, $10 for non-members.
  • Group registrations are available! Pay $25 for up to 5, or $50 for 6 or more. Have one person register, pick the group option, and pay for the group option. After the webinar, email your sign-in sheet to [email protected].
  • Registration closes at noon the day before the webinar.
  • 1.0 PDH* with verified attendance

How to register:

  1. Click here to register
  2. Non-members: submit payment at the SEAoT Houston Payment Page
  3. Instructions for accessing the webinar will be provided by email


Bulk Dock 2 at the Port of Corpus Christi is an export terminal for dry bulk materials including petroleum coke. The bulk materials are loaded onto moored vessels using a radial ship loader that operates on a turntable. The primary structure of the ship loader is two structural steel plate girders, which are 11.5 feet deep and have an overall length of approximately 211 feet. A shuttle and boom assembly moves along rails on the girders to extend and retract the boom during vessel loading. During a rail replacement project in early 2022, corrosion-induced section loss was observed on the top flanges of both girders, raising questions regarding the possibility of increased stresses in the girders and reduced fatigue life. Due to a lack of documentation on girder loading due to shuttle/boom movement and bulk material during operations, an evaluation approach was developed involving instrumentation of the girders to measure the distribution of stress amplitudes and cycles during vessel loading events. The sensor data were compared to structural models and used to calculate the remaining fatigue life of the girders accounting for the corrosion section loss. The presentation will summarize investigation approach and present findings of the girder fatigue evaluation using the measured strain response.


Jeffrey S. West, PhD, PE, FACI
Associate Principal
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Jeff West is an Associate Principal in Austin office of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in structural engineering and materials research and consulting. His primary areas of expertise include the evaluation and strengthening of existing structures, structural testing, durability of concrete structures, post-tensioned structures, and concrete materials. Prior to joining WJE, Dr. West was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Waterloo (Canada) for 15 years. Dr. West is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute and is active on several ACI technical committees.

Jeremiah Fasl, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Principal
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Jeremiah Fasl is an Associate Principal in Austin office of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. His interests include structural reliability, structural stability, structural health monitoring, and rehabilitation, and he is active on various ACI committees. During his time at the University of Texas, Dr. Fasl worked on a variety of bridge instrumentation and material testing projects. His research focused on estimating the remaining fatigue life in steel connections using field measurements, where he developed instrumentation and analyzed data for bridges and high mast illumination pole.

* PDHs for this course will be provided by SEAoT Houston and are NOT accredited by NCSEA or any other organization.