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Califilard Engineering Consulting is an independent engineering company offering professional services for all aspects in the field of multimodal logistics for all types of heavy and over-dimensional components, as well as packing engineering. We can offer you a support already in the product design to guarantee the transportability of your goods from production place up to the final destination. This can be a problem solution in the transportation chain or as a “single point of contact” for a complete solution.


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Transportation of heavy- and over dimensional components may have a number of unpredictable impacts on your budget and schedule if not meticulously planned from the very beginning. Depending on local regulations and condition extensive adjustments on existing infrastructure may be necessary and imposed. This, as a “last minute pop up”, may expose your spends in fulfilling your contractual obligations. Califilard Engineering Consulting assists you to minimize these risks.



Depending on your project, installation may be a point to be considered already in your civil planning. We, at Califilard Engineering Consulting are convinced that the best time to consider heavy lift installation planning has to begin in the start-up phase of the project. Concept studies may prevent you from costly changes and delays. We provide you with best solutions to minimize your cost-, damage and schedule exposures.



This article is to provide the Mooring and berthing load calculation on Bollards and Fenders. Assuming Bollards and Fenders are installed at Piles, Forces can be transferred to Piles for Pile design load calculation Wharf or Jetty Mooring arrangement.

Wharf shall moor the barges and tug boats of various sizes on both sides of wharfs. This Wharf structure are designed with steel mono-pile, with steel pile head platforms installed. The wharf will be fitted with Cone Type or typical tyre fenders on the Pile to protect against impact and facilitate landing of ships.

Mooring system to wharf side shall comprise of Braided Nylon Ropes and mooring bits. Mooring system shall be designed for 10 yrs return period environmental loads including storms in the particular location. The maximum approach velocity and angle for berthing shall be specified based on Wharf structural design.


During the design of wharf System, the following 2 design conditions shall be considered:

(1) Ship Berthing Condition

During Ship berthing on site, there will be berthing loads acting on Wharf through fenders.

(2) Ship Wharf Mooring Condition

For Ship permanently mooring on site, 10 years return period shall be considered for wind. In order to design the wharf System, berthing loads, mooring loads from TUG/BARGE shall be assessed first.
The berthing loads for Berthing Condition will be assessed based on the berthing energy calculated as per BS 6349-Part 4: Code of practice for design of fendering and mooring systems. Mooring loads for ship Mooring will be calculated based on hydrodynamic analysis using appropriate software.
Based on these berthing loads and mooring loads, the piles of Wharf, fenders of Wharf, mooring lines and relative equipment shall be designed.


Water depth near jetty shall be considered in the design, and the following sea states are to be considered for different conditions:

(1) Sea state for ship Berthing Condition

The sea state is considered as benign, and as per the berthing conditions specified by BS 6349- Part 4, “Sheltered berthing, difficult” shall be chosen.

(2) Sea state for ship Permanent Mooring Condition

For ship mooring on site, 10 years return period of wind shall be considered for environmental loads.

  • Wave Height
  • Wind Speed
  • Current Speed


The total amount of energy E (kNm) to be absorbed, by the fender system either alone or by a combination of the fender system and the structure itself with some flexibility, may be calculated from the following energy formulae:

E=0.5*Cm*Mv *Vb2 *Ce *Cs *Cc

where Cm is the hydrodynamic coefficient.
Mv is the displacement of the vessel (t).
Vb is the velocity of the vessel normal to the berth (m/s).
Ce is the eccentricity coefficient.
Cs is the softness coefficient.
Cc is the berth configuration coefficient.

This energy depends on the velocity of the vessel normal to the berth and a number of factors that modify the vessel’s kinetic energy to be absorbed by the fender system and the structure.

(1) Berthing Velocity, Vb

The berthing velocity of the vessel normal to the berth depends on the vessel size and type, frequency of arrival, possible constraints on movement approaching the berth, and wave, current and wind conditions likely to be encountered at berthing. The velocity with which a ship closes with a berth is the most significant of all factors in the calculation of the energy to be absorbed by the fendering system.

In more difficult conditions velocities may be estimated from below Figure on which five curves are given corresponding to the following navigation conditions.

a) Good berthing, sheltered;
b) Difficult berthing, sheltered;
c) Good berthing, exposed to waves and/or currents;
d) Difficult berthing, exposed to waves and/or currents;
e) Adverse berthing, exposed to waves and/or currents.

Ship size vs Berthing Speed Calculation


(2) Hydrodynamic Mass Coefficient, CM

The hydrodynamic mass coefficient allows the movement of water around the ship to be taken into account when calculating the total energy of the vessel by increasing the mass of the system. The hydrodynamic mass coefficient CM may be calculated from the following equation (BSI, 2014):

CM = 1 + 2T/B = 1.5

Where T is the draft of the vessel (m).
B is the beam of the vessel (m).

(3) Eccentricity Coefficient, CE

A vessel will usually berth at a certain angle and hence it turns simultaneously at the time of first impact. During this process, some of the kinetic energy of the ship is converted to turning energy and the remaining energy is transferred to the berth. The eccentricity coefficient represents the proportion of the remaining energy to the kinetic energy of the vessel at berthing. The formula for calculating the coefficient is given as follows (BSI, 2014):


Where K is the radius of gyration of the ship.
K = (0.19Cb + 0.11) L
L is the length of the hull between perpendiculars (m).
Cb is the block coefficient
Cb = displacement (kg)/(L(m) x beam(m) x draft(m) x density of water(kg/m3))
R is the distance of the point of contact from the centre of mass (m).
γ is the angle between the line joining the point of contact to the centre of mass and the velocity vector.


4) Softness Coefficient, CS

The softness coefficient allows for the portion of the impact energy that is absorbed by the ship’s hull. Little research into energy absorption by ship hulls has taken place, but it has been generally accepted that the value of CS lies between 0.9 and 1.0. For ships, which are fitted with continuous rubber fendering, CS may be taken to be 0.9. For all other vessels CS = 1.

(5) Berth Configuration Coefficient / Water Cushion Effect, CC

The berth configuration coefficient allows for the portion of the ship’s energy, which is absorbed by the cushioning effect of water trapped between the ship’s hull and Wharf wall. The value Cc is between the ship’s hull and Wharf wall. The value of CC is influenced by the type of Wharf construction, and its distance from the side of the vessel, the berthing angle, the shape of the ship’s hull, and it’s under keel clearance. A value of 1.0 for CC should be used for open piled Wharf structures, and a value of Cc of between 0.8 and 1.0 is recommended for use with a solid Wharf wall.

PictureBerth Configuration Coefficient Water Cushion Effect

4.5.2 Berthing Energy Distribution

It shall be assumed that the first berthing fender will absorb 100% of total berthing energy.

Berthing Energy Distribution

Berthing Load Estimation

Super cone fender or other fenders shall be used to absorb berthing energy. Characteristic of fender compression and reaction force shall be used to determine compression of fenders.

According to the calculated berthing energy, the berthing load can be extracted from the generic curve of super cone fender. In below fender characteristic graph, two curves are included. Lower curve represents percentage of maximum energy absorbed by the fender vs percentage of maximum deflection of fender. Higher curve reflects percentage of maximum reaction of fender vs percentage of maximum deflection. Assuming Berthing load absorbed by one fender, we can calculate this energy in terms of fender maximum energy absorption capacity (red line). Corresponding deflection of fender can be calculated from lower graph (Blue Line). For same percentage of deflection, corresponding reaction produced can be calculated from higher curve.

Wharf side Mooring Condition

Hydrodynamic Analysis

Diffraction Radiation calculation are performed with software. This classical problem of diffraction radiation leads to the evaluation of the hydrodynamic loads
on a structure, submitted to regular waves and enable to get accurate RAOs operation of the vessel. The effect of shallow water on drift loads is considered in the analyses and provides proper drift forces on the hull (QTF, Newman Approximation). Ship hydrodynamic model shall be used which gives resultant forces bit higher than original barge and tug boat. 30 x8x3 m barge hull is modelled with windage area of 10x76x4 This arrangement represents hull with cargo windage area or tug boat with accommodation windage area.

Time Domain Mooring Analysis

The analysis is an assessment of the loads made at the Mooring bit, fenders and the mooring lines based on a numerical model using available data. The simplified configuration of the Barge/Tug boat is modelled in Moses as per design data previously presented and based on the following assumptions

Barge/Tug boat are moored to the mooring bit using mooring ropes and resting on fenders. Barge/Tug boat is modelled with 4 mooring lines. Hull is a moving body under the action of wind wave and current. Mooring ropes are modelled as nonlinear spring. First, incidences of wind, wave and current are decided based on available metocean data. Then, time domain analyses are run for the independent wind wave and current cases for 1 hour duration to be able to decide the worst headings to study the combinations of wind wave and current.

Second, the time domain analyses for the combinations of maximum individual wind wave and current are run. The duration of the simulations are 3 hours at real time ensuring the capture of sufficient number of low frequency motions cycles.

About Maxsurf Stability

The Maxsurf Stability module provides fast, graphical, and interactive calculation of intact and damaged stability and strength for all types of Maxsurf designs. Once a design has been created using Modeler, its stability and strength characteristics can be assessed using the Stability analysis module. The Stability analysis module provides a range of powerful analysis capabilities to handle all types of stability and strength calculations.

Maxsurf Large Angle Stability Analysis of Cargo Vessel

Precise calculations are performed directly from the dynamically trimmed NURB surface model without the need for offsets, command line hydrostatic programs, or batch file preparation.

Large Angle Stability Analysis of Offshore Supply Vessel

All functions within Stability are performed using a graphical multi-window environment consistent with all other Maxsurf modules. Data is displayed simultaneously in graphical and tabular form and is automatically updated when changes are made and as the analysis progresses.

Maxsurf Barge Model Equilibrium Analysis Tank Levels of Ballasted Barge

MAXSURF Stability also provides the ability to perform multiple analyses in one step with a very simple set-up window. An Integrated Load Case Editor makes setting up any number of loading conditions simple and error free. Copying and pasting data to and from spreadsheets also makes it easy to prepare complex loading schedules in other programs and run them in Stability. Load cases can also be saved and reused with various design configurations.

Tank and Compartment Modeling are integrated within Stability, allowing you to quickly and easily define the vessel’s tank and compartment layout. More complex compartments can be defined using surfaces created in Maxsurf Modeler. Tanks are automatically included in the weight schedule and as parametric objects they are automatically updated if the hull shape is changed as the design progresses. A tank calibration option is provided to give detailed volume and CG characteristics of all tanks.

Tank Geometries Automatically Update When Hull Form Changes Are Made
Note How Tank Levels are Shown and Incorporated into Loadcase Automatically

The Maxsurf Stability module includes intact and damaged options (including Probabilistic Damage and MARPOL Oil Outflow) for a wide range of analyses including upright hydrostatics, Large Angle Stability, Equilibrium Analysis, Floodable Length, KN tables (Cross Curves), Limiting KG, and Longitudinal Strength analysis. For each analysis method, Stability automatically highlights the required data to be entered and provides data entry dialogs to ensure data is entered correctly.

Damage Stability Analysis of OSV

Maxsurf Stability provides a wide range of Stability Criteria, including the most commonly used standard criteria, that can be used to ensure compliance with class requirements. The software also allows you to define your own custom criteria for special requirements. When used in conjunction with the table of downflooding points, it provides a complete range of options for satisfying class.

Built-In Maxsurf Stability Criteria

After an analysis is completed, all results are presented in either tabular or graphical form. We can click on any graph and move the cursor to obtain precise values at any location. We can also choose how tables are displayed, which columns are visible, and sort results by any column.

Sample of Large Angle Stability Analysis of Catamaran

An automatically formatted on-screen report window accumulates the results of analysis to help prepare a stability book for your vessel. Descriptions, tables, graphics, and graphs are automatically inserted and can be re-formatted or deleted at any time. You can also enter notes into the report and cut and paste graphics from the Stability module, other Maxsurf modules, or any other program. The entire report can be generated using a Microsoft Word template.

Maxsurf Longitudinal Strength Analysis

The wide range of analysis, data entry, and data display options within Maxsurf Stability make it an indispensable tool for designers of all types of vessels. For designers with a limited budget, the basic Stability module contains only the intact hydrostatics and large angle stability analysis methods. Stability features included in the Maxsurf Advanced Suite adds tank definitions and calibration, stability criteria, damage stability, longitudinal strength, limiting KG, floodable length, and MARPOL Oil Outflow, while Stability features included with the MAXSURF Enterprise Suite adds Probabilistic Damage Stability.

Hydraulic Modular Trailer

A modular trailer is a series of special vehicles that is used to transport large cargos that are difficult to disassemble. The trailer is also used transport over-length goods.

The major applications of modular trailers include power stations, chemical industry, iron and steel industry and the construction industry. Modular trailers are used for mining operations because of their excellent lateral stability.

A self-propelled modular transporter without the power pack unit is similar to the hydraulic modular trailer. The main between the modular trailer and the SPMT without the PPU is that they have a different steering system.

The modular trailer uses a mechanical steering system. Another difference is that the modular trailer can be combined using a gooseneck and a drawbar.

The vehicle loading platform of a modular trailer is kept at balance when transporting goods on bumpy or rough roads in a way that the damping property is excellent.

The brace kit of the vehicle can achieve three or four brace points to ensure that the load of each point is uniform. The four points also ensure that there is no partial set.

The steering system of the modular trailer has a hydraulic planar pitman driver. The vehicle can achieve minimum turning diameter and normal drive by adjusting the hydraulic steering system and using different reasonable pitman layouts.

The supporting assemblies for the trailer part have a solid box beam structure. High performance welding steel is used to make the main frame longitudinal girder, bogie frame, steering arm, and the platform.

This form of combination is in different series include the 2-file, 3-file, and 4- file combination with drawbar. The main difference on these combinations is the type of accessories used. Each of these combinations is outlined below.

This is useful 16 panel Hydraulic Platform Transporter Reference Card is developed by me, Marco J. van Daal, and is applicable for every type of hydraulic platform transporter on the market today, both pull type as well as self propelled modular transporters (SPMT).

overview of the standard 3-point and 4-point suspension settings. It identifies every hydraulic suspension valve and hydraulic line on the transporter and an easy to understand diagram visualizes the oil flow and the effect on the operation. Furthermore, this panel offers definitions and principle working and highlights terminology. All other panels refer back to this panel 1 for terminology and abbreviations.
explains the difference between an axle and an axle line. It illustrates the possible movements of such axles with their respective minimum and maximum height to negotiate uneven terrain. A picture clarifies the various components of a pendulum axle assembly. This panel offers a sample calculation of the so-called “equalizing effect” that takes the guessing out of a transport operation.
highlights the difference between pull type and self propelled transporters, in terms of steering capabilities, steering angles, tires per axle, payload per axle line, self weight and dimensions. This panel also offers a sample calculation of how to determine the minimum required number of axle lines to carry a certain load. This calculation can be easily applied to your situation.
an overview of rolling resistance of vehicles and how you can quickly determine the required truck capacity to pull a certain load. Similarly it shows how to figure out how many drive axles an SPMT would need to transport the same load and what the capacity (kW or hp) of the power pack (PPU) needs to be to handle the demand. In case the transport is climbing a gradient it is obvious that the required power increases, the panel provides this as well.
a quick and easy calculation on how to determine the hydraulic stability angle of a transport, in a 3-point as well as in a 4-point suspension configuration, with a single formula. The hydraulic stability angle is a measure of how close the combined center of gravity (CoG) is to the tipping lines of the stability area. This gives the crew a better level of comfort when changes in the field take place.
calculating the structural stability angle of a transport, in a 3-point as well as in a 4-point suspension configuration, with a single formula. The structural stability angle is a measure of how close the transporter is to being structurally overloaded. In addition, this panel provides information on the limiting factors on 3-point and 4-point suspension and on the recommended Safe Stability Angles.
a complete hydraulic and structural stability sample calculation based on the information and formulas from the preceding panels. It also calculates the minimum number of requires axle lines given a certain load and the required pull force while going up hill. This panel gives an outline that can be easily adopted to your load.
The spine beam offers resistance against torsion, bending and shear forces. It is important not to exceed the maximum values of these forces. Specifically with concentrated loads there is a significant risk of spine beam overload if not correctly analyzed. This panel shows how to determine the spine beam bending moment and how many axles may extend beyond the load given the type and approximate age of the transporter model.
deals with ground pressure, arguably the most controversial topic in the Heavy Transport industry. This panel offers two easy methods of calculating ground pressure underneath a transporter. Both methods are an approach with acceptable outcomes and avoid that a full soil analysis by geophysicists has to be carried out. One method is a bit more conservative than the other, they both use the transporter “shadow area” as the base for the calculation.
handles the first of 3 types of external forces, the curve or centripetal forces. The centripetal forces cause the transporter and load to have the tendency to move away from the center of the curve. The faster the transporter moves (higher speed), the higher these centripetal forces become. Centripetal forces can get out of control rather rapidly as they quadruple when the velocity doubles.
handles the second type of external forces, the wind and acceleration/deceleration forces. These forces are determined in a similar way although they act differently on the load. The deceleration forces, when applying the brakes or when making an emergency stop, are the most significant and therefore have the largest impact on transport stability. Still, the other forces cannot be neglected.
handles the gradient forces that act on a load when traveling on an incline/decline or when negotiating a road camber without the transporter being compensated for the angle. These uncompensated situations result in a longitudinal force (in case of an incline/decline) and a transverse force (in case of a road camber) that have an influence on the axle loads and ultimately on the stability of the transport.
about lashing and securing. It shows how each lashing contributes in each direction given the angle it is applied at. This panel shows how much lashing is required to secure against the external forces from the preceding panels. The dunnage placed between the load and the transporter deck increases the friction which is taken into account as well. An added benefit is that correctly and sufficiently applied lashing reduces the combined Center of Gravity.
a complete lashing calculation using the information from the preceding panels. The external forces, wind, centripetal and acceleration/deceleration forces are all taken into account as well as the friction that is provided by the plywood placed between the load and the transporter deck. An easy to understand matrix indicates how much lashing is required in each direction under the given conditions.
about the application of a goose neck. Used by many, understood by few. This panel explains the difference between the two types of goose necks in existence. The goose neck transfers part of the load weight to the 5th wheel of the truck via a hydraulic hinge system, herewith eliminating the need for counterweight and resulting in a lower gross vehicle weight (GVW). This transfer of load results in a reduced axle load.
a Beaufort wind scale and a number of recommendation when deciding on a suspension configuration. It highlights the pros and cons of both the 3-point as well as the 4-point suspension configuration and recommends when to use which one. These recommendations are determined by the center of gravity (CoG) and the potential to overload the transporter.

Modeling Bridge

Segmental bridge template and wizard using CSIBridge for quick definition of spans and segments as well as tendon layout.

Segment labeling scheme
Span-by-span segment definition
Cantilever tendon definition and layout
Tendon anchors and ducts layout

New solid concrete girder deck section.

Concrete solid girder deck section definition

Nonprismatic variation of concrete U-girder sections.

Nonprismatic U-girder bridge with cutaway to show horizontal bracing

Section designer now allows prestress tendons to be defined for any concrete sections.

Concrete section with prestress tendons.

Standard vehicles are now defined in XML libraries, allowing users to create their own custom libraries.

HL-93S vehicle from the AASHTO vehicle library

Standard precast concreate I, U, and bulb-tee girders are now defined in XML libraries, allowing users to create their own custom libraries.

Caltrans CA TUB73 precast-U girder from the Caltrans frame section library


Horizontal influence-based moving loads for braking/acceleration and centrifugal

Influence surface for transverse moving load and wheel reactions due to centrifugal force.
Modeling Truck on the Road
Vehicle horizontal loading definition


Superstructure design according to AASHTO LRFD 2014 (7th Edition), including the 2015 interim revisions.

Superstructure design preferences showing supported design codes

Superstructure rating 2014 and 2015 interim revisions according to AASHTO.

Rating preferences showing supported interim revisions to AASHTO Rating 2010

Output and Display

Superstructure displacements for the entire section along the layout line and for individual girders or webs along their individual lines.

Girder response plot showing 10th point displacements

Scale factors are now available for time-dependent creep, shrinkage, and stiffness of concrete, as well as relaxation of tendons.

Concrete material time dependent properties