I am a civil engineer specialized in coastal, maritime port hydraulics and ocean engineering, with more than 30 years of versatile work experience and research in North America and abroad. With this series of blogs I intend to highlight and share my perspective on wide ranging issues, hopefully in ways that have developed out of my long experience in the applied physics of science, engineering and technology.
Is it something unusual to do by professionals like me? Well not really. Echoing with Einstein (1879 – 1955) who wrote in an essay on Moral Decay published in 1937: All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
To give an idea, in this Website I wish to bring to focus some of the topics that matter to all of us. We all see the world differently – it is so natural because it depends on where we stand in our cultural differences, and in the phase of life – we have different interests, training, understandings and views of life and everything that surrounds us.
Due to such differences, the wide range of topics I am covering may not equally appeal to all. This may appear so despite my efforts to articulate them in an interesting manner. Perhaps the NATURE (Science of Nature) and the SOCIAL INTERACTIONS pages may appeal to most of us than the SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY engineering page. But I like to assure that if you read the pieces patiently you would find them interesting and refreshing. They are dynamic or living in a sense that I try to update them when I come across or learn new ideas and materials.
Some of the pieces on the NATURE page and on the SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY page could easily belong to one or the other; my preferences are purely judgmental. An example is the piece, Upslope Events and Downslope Processes posted in NATURE – but covering all three premises of WIDE CANVAS. Well it is only the Science of Nature - the illuminating torch that has the capability to guide one venturing into the fields of Technology and Engineering.
Research, and Engineering at the Waterfront and In-Water within Coastal Environments – the following is a Brief on my Versatile Experience, Background and Major Specialties.
COASTAL: Metocean – Wind, Wave and Tide; Sea Level Rise – Science, Consequences and Adaptation; Storm Surge and Tsunami; Integrated Coupled Modeling – Wind, Wave, Current, Sediment Transport and Morphology; Cross-shore and Longshore Sand Transport; Coastal Protection; Intakes and Outfalls; Stability of Seabed Pipeline; Wind, Wave and Current Loading; Wave-Structure Interactions - reflection, runup, transmission, overtopping and scour; Inlet; Surf Zone Beach Dynamics and Sand Nourishment; Residual Motion and Transport; Effects Assessment; Coastal Processes – Characterization and Planning
MARITIME & PORT: Harbor Dynamics; Fixed and Floating Breakwaters; Mooring System – Static Stability and Dynamic Ship Motion; Berthing Impact and Fender; Berthing Downtime; LNG Terminal; Propwash Scour Protection; Harbor Sedimentation and Dredging; Vessel Maneuvering and Approach Channel; Navigation and Navigation Aids
ORGANIZATION & PROJECTS: Management and Leadership; Coordination; Standards, Codes and Regulations – Best Engineering Practices; Uncertainty and Risk; Scenarios and Multi-criteria Screening of Alternative Solutions; Reviews, Committees and Consultations
COUNTRIES OF EXPERIENCE: Canada; USA; Bangladesh; New Caledonia (Oceania); Vietnam; Indonesia; UAE (Abu Dhabi); Chile; Peru; Mexico; St. Lucia (West Indies)
REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS: Many Project Reports; Publications; and Conference Presentations
TEACHING: Adjunct Professor of Ocean Engineering FIT, Florida
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATION: EGBC (P. Eng. since 2000); ASCE (M. ASCE since 1994); COPRI; IAHR; AGU; ISOPE; IEB (Life Fellow)
EDUCATION: BUET; Delft the Netherlands; The University of South Carolina
Also see my contributions/discussions on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) forum: https://collaborate.asce.org/
Some of my selected publication/presentation/work titles:
Barua DK (2017). Wave Hindcasting (updated chapter). Encyclopedia of Coastal Science (2nd Ed), CW Finkl and C Makowski (eds). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_347-2
Barua DK (2017). Beaufort Wind Scale (updated chapter). Encyclopedia of Coastal Science (2nd Ed), CW Finkl and C Makowski (eds). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_45-2
Barua DK (2017). Seabed Roughness of Coastal Waters. Encyclopedia of Coastal Science (2nd Ed), CW Finkl and C Makowski (eds). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_360-1
Barua DK (2017). Coastal Upwelling and Downwelling (updated chapter). Encyclopedia of Coastal Science (2nd Ed), CW Finkl and C Makowski (eds). Springer International Publishing.
Barua DK (2015). Longshore Sand Transport – An Examination of Methods and Associated Uncertainties. Proceedings of the Coastal Sediments Conference, May 11-15, 2015, San Diego, California, World Scientific.
Barua DK, Crum P, Truitt C and Walther M (2013). Integrated Modeling and Sedimentation Management: the Case of Salt Ponds Inlet and Harbor in Virginia. Proceedings of the Ports 2013 Conference, Seattle, Washington, ASCE, pp. 512-521.
Barua DK (2011). Role of Parameter Uncertainty in Design Decisions – Analytical Assessment for a Coastal Breakwater and Harbor Entrance Sedimentation. 21st ISOPE Paper 2011-TPC-230 (not presented). Session #123, COASTAL IX: Coastal Structures 2; June 23, 2011, Maui, Hawaii, USA.
Barua DK, Fontaine T and Walther M (2010). Sand Placement Design on a Sand Starved Clay Shore at Sargent Beach, Texas. 23rd Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology, February 3-5, 2010. Melbourne, Florida, FSBPA.
Barua DK, Walther M and Truitt C (2009). Littoral Shoreline Change in the Presence of Hardbottom – Approaches, Constraints and Integrated Modeling. 22nd Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology, February 18-20, 2009. St. Pete Beach, Florida, FSBPA.
Barua DK (2008). Discussion of “Management of Fluid Mud in Estuaries, Bays and Lakes. I: Present State of Understanding on Character and Behavior.” by WH McAnally et al. ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 134(10), 1541 p.
Barua DK (2008). Wave Loads on Piles – Spectral versus Monochromatic Approach. Proceedings, 18th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE (International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers) Vancouver, BC, Canada, 297-301 pp.
Barua DK (2008). A Dynamic Approach to Characterize a Coastal System for Computational Modelling and Engineering. Proceedings of the Canadian Coastal Zone Conference, Coastal Zone Canada Association (CZCA), UBC, Vancouver, 23 – 29 May, 2008, Page 70.
Barua DK (2008). Discussion of “Maximum Fluid Forces in the Tsunami Runup Zone.” by H Yeh, ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 134(3), 199-200.
Barua DK, Allyn NF and Quick MC (2006). Modeling Tsunami and Resonance Response of Alberni Inlet, British Columbia. 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, San Diego, California, World Scientific, pp. 1590 - 1602.
Barua DK (2005). Coastal Upwelling and Downwelling (superseded by the 2017 update). Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, M Schwartz (ed), Springer, the Netherlands, pp. 306-308.
Barua DK (2005). Wave Hindcasting (superseded by the 2017 update). Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, M Schwartz (ed), Springer, the Netherlands, pp. 1060-1063.
Barua DK (2005). Beaufort Wind Scale (superseded by the 2017 update). Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, M Schwartz (ed), Springer, the Netherlands, pp. 186-187.
Barua DK (2004). Discussion of “A simple formula to estimate settling velocity of natural sediments.” by JA Jiménez and OS Madsen. ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 130(4), 219-220.
Barua DK (2002). Discussion of "Development and Geometric Similarity of Alluvial Deltas" by CL Shieh, CM Tseng and SM Hsu, ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 128(12), 1102-1103.
Barua DK (2001). Discussion of "In Situ Size Distribution of Suspended Particles in the Fraser River" by BG Krishnappan., ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 127(11), 981.
Barua DK (2001). Discussion of "Field Techniques for Suspended-Sediment Measurement" by DG Wren, BD Barkdoll, RA Kuhnle and RW Derrow, ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 127(9), 784-785.
Millar RG and Barua DK (1999). Hydrodynamic Model Selection Study for the Lower Fraser River Between Laidlaw and Mission. British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks (MELP), 43pp.
Barua DK and Rahman KH (1998). Some aspects of turbulent flow structure in large alluvial rivers. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 36(2), 235-252, IAHR (International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research), Taylor & Francis.
Barua DK et al (1998). Suspended Sediment Transport through the Ganges-Brahmaputra Fluvial System: Implications for Floodplain Sedimentation and Sediment Delivery to the Ocean. Reviewed manuscript, the Journal of the IAS - Sedimentology.
Barua DK (1997). The active delta of the Ganges-Brahmaputra Rivers: dynamics of its present formations. Marine Geodesy, 20(1), 1-12, Taylor & Francis.
Barua DK (1997). The characteristics and mobility of some major rivers in Bangladesh. Water Nepal, 5(1), 109-127.
Barua DK and Salahuddin A (1996). Environmental functions of an alluvial river. Asia Pacific Journal on Environment and Development, 3(1), 39-53.
Barua DK and Dey KC (1996). Bedform dynamics and sediment transport: report of an investigation in the Jamuna River. 41st Annual Conv. Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, Book of Abstracts, Civil Engineering Division, Paper # 41-4-06, IEB.
Barua DK and Kana TW (1995). Deep water wave hindcasting, wave refraction modeling, and wind and wave induced motions in the east Ganges-Brahmaputra delta coast. Journal of Coastal Research, 11(3), 834-848.
Barua DK, Klaassen GJ and Mahmood S (1995). On the adaptation and equilibrium of Bangladesh rivers. In: CVJ Varma and ARG Rao (eds), Management of Sediment - Philosophy, Aims and Techniques, Oxford & IBH Publishing co., New Delhi, pp.277-291.
Barua DK (1995). Reclaiming tidal channels for rice farming: determination of impoldering level at an appropriate stage of siltation. International Symposium on Coastal Ocean Space Utilization, Yokohama, Japan, 30 May-2 June, 1995.
Barua DK (1995). Sediment transport in suspension: an examination of the difference between bed-material load and wash load. 39th Annual Convention of the Institution of Engineers, Chittagong. Abstracts of papers for technical sessions, civil engineering division, pp.12-13, IEB.
Khan ZH and Barua DK (1995). Seasonal variation of certain hydraulic parameters of the Ganges River. 39th Annual Convention of the Institution of Engineers, Chittagong. Abstracts of papers for technical sessions, civil engineering division, pp.13-14, IEB.
Barua DK (1994). On the environmental controls of Bangladesh river systems. Asia Pacific Journal on Environment and Development, 1(1), 81-98.
Barua DK, Kuehl SA, Miller RL and Moore WS (1994). Suspended sediment distribution and residual transport in the coastal ocean off the Ganges-Brahmaputra river mouth. Marine Geology, 120 (2), 41-61, Elsevier.
Barua DK (1994). On the hydraulic behavior of Karnafuli River estuary, Bangladesh. Book of Abstracts, 24th International Conference on Coastal Engineering at Kobe, Japan, Japan Society of Civil Engineers and Coastal Engineering Research Council and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Abstract No. 35, pp.116-117.
Barua DK, Klaassen GJ and van Groen P (1994). Understanding the physical processes of the major river system in Bangladesh - general aspects and outstanding problems. 38th annual convention of Institution of Engineers, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Abstracts of technical papers presented, pp.24-26, IEB.
Barua DK and Alam MK (1994). On the formulation of a coastal zone management plan for Bangladesh. 38th annual convention of the Institution of Engineers, Dhaka. Abstracts of technical papers presented, pp.22-24, IEB.
Barua DK (ed) (1993). Morphological processes in the Bangladesh river system - a compilation of papers. River Survey Project, Govt. of Bangladesh, European Union, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Barua DK and Klaassen GJ (1993). Bangladesh and its rivers: an introduction. In: DK Barua (ed), Morphological processes in the Bangladesh river system - a compilation of papers, River Survey Project, Govt. of Bangladesh, European Union, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Barua DK (1993). Practices, possibilities and impacts of land reclamation activities in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. In: PM Grifman and JA Fawcett (eds), International perspectives on coastal ocean space utilization, University of Southern California Sea Grant Publication, pp. 343-356.
Barua DK (1992). Dynamics of Coastal Circulation and Sediment Transport in the Coastal Ocean off the Ganges-Brahmaputra River Mouth. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina, 154 pp.
Barua DK (1991). Hydro-morphological factors and coastal protection works in Bangladesh. Proc. International workshop on storm surges, river flow and combined effects. UNESCO, International Hydrological Program, Hamburg, Germany, pp.257-267.
Barua DK (1991). The coastline of Bangladesh - an overview of processes and forms. Proceedings of the 7th symposium on coastal and ocean management, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), pp. 2284-2301.
Barua DK (1991). Tidal observations and spectral analyses of water level data in the mouth of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river system. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries, Mombasa, Kenya, pp. 1202-1215, COPEDEC-PIANC.
Barua DK (1990). Suspended sediment movement in the estuary of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river system. Marine Geology, 91:243-253, Elsevier.
Barua DK (1990). In search of the definition of an estuary. Journal of the Institution of Engineers. Bangladesh, 18(4):27-30, IEB.
Barua DK (1990). Global warming and sea level rise. HOLIDAY, Vol. XXVI no. 3 (Dhaka, Bangladesh).
Barua DK and Koch FG (1987). Tidal propagation in Sandwip Channel. 31st IEB Conv. (Khulna Bangladesh).
Barua DK (1987). Drainage study of Noakhali: Hydro-morphological investigation and solution options. In: Drainage study of Southern Sudharam Upazilla, Noakhali. Land Reclamation Project, Bangladesh, Tech Rep. 38.
Barua DK (1986). Recent morphological developments in Urir Char area. 30th IEB Conv. (Dhaka Bangladesh).
Barua DK and Koch FG (1986). Characteristic morphological relationship for the tide dominated channels of the lower Meghna estuary. Proceedings of the Workshop on Erosion and Sediment Transport Processes, UNESCO, Bangladesh Univ. Engg. Tech. BUET, pp.68-82.
Barua DK and Koch FG (1986). Field measurements and remote sensing in the estuaries for engineering development. Proceedings of the Regional Seminar on Application of Remote Sensing Techniques to Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Monitoring, UNDP/ESCAP, Space Res. and Remote Sen. Org. (SPARRSO, Dhaka, Bangladesh). pp.244-248.
Barua DK (1985). Computation of tidal discharge by velocity area method: an approximate approach in the Meghna estuary. 29th IEB Conv. (Chittagong, Bangladesh).
Barua DK and Koch FG (1985). Erosion hazards and accretion prospects in the lower Meghna estuary. Workshop on River Bank Erosion Impact Study (Jahangir Nagar Univ., Dhaka, Bangladesh).
This note is intended to clarify why so many individuals bear the same name as mine. Some 0.5 million people – mostly Bangladeshi, with some living in India, and the worldwide Diaspora – identify themselves with the surname ‘BARUA’. Barua historians tell fascinating ancestral stories why and how so many people ended up having the same surname. ‘DILIP KUMAR’ is a parental given name following the immense popularity of Bollywood Actor Dilip Kumar (1922 - 2021). Therefore, when one Googles this name, many individuals – authors, scholars, professionals and others appear – no family relation, except belonging to the same religio-cultural heritage. As for myself – some of my relevant professional experience, works and research – together with the publication list are summarized in this profile – and in several pieces of articles published on this Website. All these go with my ORCID ID.
. . . . . Dr. Dilip K. Barua