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Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

Conceição Juana Fortes

Conceição Juana Fortes
Head of Unit
Phone: 218 443 445

Professional Situation

Senior Research Officer

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 2002    •    PhD in Civil Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon., Portugal.
  • 1993    •    Master of Science in Maritime Civil Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon., Portugal.
  • 1989    •    Degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulics branch, Technical University of Lisbon., Portugal.

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • 2011-05-01    Head of the Harbours and maritime structures division. Hydraulics Department, National Laboratory of Civil Engineering
  • 2006-11-17    Senior Research Officer. Harbours and maritime structures division. Hydraulics Department, National Laboratory of Civil Engineering
  • 2002-1-31-2006-11-16    Research Officer. Harbours and maritime structures division. Hydraulics Department, National Laboratory of Civil Engineering
  • 1993.10.23-2002-1-30    Research Assistant. Harbours and maritime structures division. Hydraulics Department, National Laboratory of Civil Engineering.
  • 1993.01.02-1993.10.22.    Research fellow. Harbours and maritime structures division. Hydraulics Department, National Laboratory of Civil Engineering
  • 1989.01.02-1992.12.31    Research fellowship. Harbours and maritime structures division. Hydraulics Department, National Laboratory of Civil Engineering

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Coastal and harbour Engineering
  • Sea wave generation and propagation (physical process)
  • Wave propagation in coastal and harbour areas (numerical and physical modelling)
  • Methodologies for coastal and harbour studies: Empirical models, physical models, numerical models (finite element methods and finite difference methods) and neural networks
  • Physical modelling of maritime structures
  • Navigation and moored ships (physical and numerical modelling)
  • Integrated systems for numerical modelling (MsDOS e ARCGIS)
  • Forecasting and warning systems for sea waves, overtopping, flooding and navigation in coastal and harbour areas
  • Risk management in maritime infrastructures and navigation
  • Risk management in navigation

Research and Professional Activity

Participates(ed) in more than 35 planned research projects and 65 contract studies and expert reports, promoted by national and international entities.

Scientific Orientation

She supervised/co-supervised: 14 Pos-doc, 4 PhDs, 42 MScs, 21 graduate students and 18 LNEC’s research grant holders of planned research projects. At present, she is a co-supervisor of 1 MSc thesis and of 4 PhD theses

Relevant Publications

Her work has been published as: 2 theses (MSc and PhD), 6 chapters in books, 68 papers in international journals and 18 papers in national journals, 191 papers in proceedings of international conferences, 148 papers in proceedings of national conferences and 184 technical and scientific reports of LNEC.

Other scientific and technical Activities

  • Reviewer of papers in journals and conferences, among which are the following international journals: Maritime Engineering (ICE, Reino Unido), Journal of Coastal Research (CERF, EUA), Ocean Engineering, Continental Shelf Research, Applied Ocean Research, Measurement journal, Revista brasileira de Gemorfologia, Finisterra.
  • Examiner in 14 PhD thesis, in 39 MSc thesis and 12 graduate thesis and member of the Monitoring Commission of 7 PhD thesis.
  • Effective Member of the Jury of 32 LNEC external competitions and Jury of some proofs for the award of the Title of Specialist on Civil Construction and Civil Engineering area by the Polytechnic Institutes of Lisboa, Lisbon.
  • Participated in the organization of several scientific meetings (16), lectures and courses (13),
  • Prepared and delivered 40 lectures, of which highlights "Some aspects of the Coastal and harbour engineering at Portugal. Tools for port decision”, Fundação Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Collaborated in several courses, amongst which "Design and Observation of Maritime and Port Structures", Angola Engineering Laboratory, December 2013.

Other Information

  • Member (Hydraulics and Water Resources) of the Portuguese Institution of Engineers, since 1989 (nº 16878)
  • Specialised Member (Hydraulics and Water Resources) of the Portuguese Institution of Engineers, since 2009
  • Member of AIPCN/PIANC since January 2008
  • Member of APMTAC since 2008
  • Member of the scientific committee of ISOPE, since 2007
  • Senior member of Portuguese Institution of Engineers, since 2015

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