American Shore & Beach Preservation Association
Preservation Through Conservation

Dr. Jim Gibeaut, Harte Research Institute, during the symposium. Left: Dr. Jim Gibeaut (left) with Dr. Skip Davis, symposium chairman, coordinating presentations. Below: Cameron Perry, HDR Engineering Inc. and an ASBPA board member.

By SKIP DAVIS, Ph.D., symposium chair

On March 20, the Texas Chapter’s first symposium was held at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. The symposium convened at 8:15 a.m. and the audience was welcomed by Dr. Larry McKinney, HRI’s executive director. The technical program then commenced and continued until 4:30 p.m. There were 16 excellent presentations by people from academic institutions, government agencies and private engineering firms. Topics included coastal processes, island restoration, disposal of dredge spoil, monitoring beach performance and coastal change. After the oral presentations there were five high-quality poster presentations.

The audience of 65 was appreciative of the studies presented and there are plans to repeat the symposium sometime next spring. All enjoyed a very good lunch and snack breaks.

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