Docks and Marinas Course

Registration fee:  $1,195 (by November 15), $1,495 (after November 15) REGISTER HERE
(Registration includes breaks, lunches and receptions, full entrance to the AMI Conference & Expo including social events, exhibit hall and educational sessions)

University of Wisconsin will be awarding CEU certificates to all qualifying candidates - 15 CEUs issued for completion of full course and AMI Conference & Expo sessions

Course Agenda
(topics/speakers subject to change)

Monday, January 30, 2023 - (8 CEUs)

7: 30 am - Check-in
8:00 am - Physical Planning and Layout of Marinas, Greg Weycamp, Edgewater Resources
This portion of the course will focus on the initial high level considerations in the design and planning of marinas, including establishing the project vision and program through appropriate marina market analysis and understanding of the physical constraints of the site. We will then explore how design and engineering decisions can either speed up or slow down the permitting and entitlement process including the consideration of sustainable design strategies that can save money, attract boaters, and accelerate permit approvals.
9:00 am - Revetments, Bulkheads, and Pile Systems for Lateral Loading and Retention, James M. Tinjum, University of Wisconsin
Marinas rely on geotechnical structures to both create secure shoreline edges and to facilitate the transfer of goods and cargo between ship and shore.  Marinas also rely on pile systems to support pier decks, restrain floating docks and securing moor vessels in place.  The planning and engineering of these structures is heavily dependent on the soil properties of the harbor floor.  This course will teach the basic geotechnical methods to design geotechnical structures to resist horizontal loadings.  
10:00 am - Break

10:15 am -  What You Need to Know About ADA, Dan Natchez, DANIEL S. NATCHEZ and ASSOCIATES, Inc.              
ADA can be confusing to many professionals – but for the marina industry it can be even more confusing because the regulations are not all in one section, and those specifically for marinas are written primarily as exceptions.  Adding to the confusion – many regulatory authorities do not apply ADA requirements in their approvals, potentially giving false comfort to those with permits in hand, who may think they are ok but may well be in violation.  Meanwhile, the US Justice Department is required by law to review ADA complaints made on an 800 telephone number, and, in some states, if there is a monetary fine, the money, in whole or in part, goes to the complaint maker.  An overview of the ADA design requirements for marinas is provided, as well as how to make those ADA requirements work for you and your clients.
11:15 am - Marina Electrical Design and Code Compliance Updates- What you need to know, Chris Dolan, Marina Electrical Equipment 
This presentation will review basic marina electrical design concepts and code requirements.  Special emphasis will be placed on changes made to the main standards for marina design - the 2023 NEC 555 and the 2021 NFPA 303.
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - Lunch
1:15 pm - Minding your P’s and Q’s (piers and quays) when Laying Out a Marina, Jack Cox, Edgewater Resources
Despite decades to the contrary, planning and laying out a marina is not just extending docks from the shore, or shouldn’t be.  The marina has to be understood to be a system, depending on the form of protection the marina needs, the ability to access the marina from land and water, the mix of boat types and boat sizes you expect or target, and how are the yachts supposed to maneuver.  That design decision is driven by how much land and water area available you to work with, and what can properly be shoehorned into that space.  Guidelines and recommendations for the laying out of docks, sizing of fairways based on different yacht sizes, setting acceptable lengths of dock runs, positioning and orienting entrances, locating fuel docks and other services, and balancing the plan for least cost utilities delivery will be presented considering environmental forcings and operational efficiencies.  Social and security aspects of various dockage layout options will also be presented. The outcome will be a primer on marina layout principles.
2:15 pm - Marina Loads and Mooring, Craig S. Funston, Bellingham Marine Industries
This presentation examines marina lateral loads and the design of mooring systems to keep the marina safely in place. The focus is primarily on marinas protected from significant wave activity. It examines the basic assumptions behind the development of loads and follows those loads to their final anchoring points. Along the way, distribution of the loads within the marina structure are evaluated, and strategies for distributing the loads to provide a safe ductile structure are presented.
3:15 pm - Break
3:30 pm - Clean Marinas: Environmental Education and Recognition for the Marina Industry, Sarah Orlando, The Ohio State University, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory School of Environment and Natural Resources
What is a Certified Clean Marina? This term can mean many things - from a symbol of environmental excellence and stewardship, to a risk management tool to help with insurance premiums, to a marketing platform for increased clientele, and finally a responsibility a marina business takes for ensuring their waterways are protected for future generations. The basic goal of a state Certification Program is environmental stewardship by making marina owners/operators and boaters more aware of environmental laws, rules and jurisdictions, to incentivize marinas to follow best management practices, and ultimately to recognize them as "Clean Marinas." Topics covered by these programs include hazardous waste management, oil spill prevention, fuel and waste management, stormwater, wastewater, marina design, and boater education. Session attendees will learn about this environmental certification program, receive training on the most common, consistent environmental best practices being recommended across the country, and hear about how designing a marina with Clean Marina Certification in mind is a win-win.
4:30 pm -  Presenter panel, all presenters to join panel
Summary, questions the moving forward

5:30 pm - close of Day 1
AMI CONFERENCE & EXPO - (2) Keynotes and (5) Design & Engineering Breakout Sessions (7 CEUS)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
  • 8:00 am - Opening Keynote - Front Row Leadership 
  • 10:30 am - Tyler Hackett/Tim Mason – Anchorage and "What Waves are Worse?" 
  • 1:30 pm - Dan Natchez – The Ins and Outs of Power Washing  
  • 3:00 pm - Dan Williams – Stormwater Plans, Practices and Payoffs: Clean Water Supports Recreational Enjoyment and Profitable Business
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
  • 9:00 am - 2nd Day Keynote - The Future is Here! Trends in Boat and Engine Design: Is Your Marina Prepared?
  • 11:00 am - Greg Weykamp – Grant Funding and Financing Strategies for your Marina Project
  • 2:00 pm - Heath Hansell – Marina Operations and Policies after Project Completion