In its marine structure designs, Institut IGH encompasses the complete process from the development, planning, counselling, project management, designer activities to final execution.
Marine structures belong to the group of exceptionally complex construction projects. They are characterized by the need to pool a wide range of multidisciplinary expert competences in, inter alia, marine engineering, knowledge about climate and wind conditions, wave action, geotechnical investigation including analyses, design of foundation alternatives on different substrates, calculation of shoreline and offshore structures, design of infrastructure elements and functional amenities, consideration of aspects of environmental and sea protection, protection of cultural goods as well as other competences.
Our approach pays special attention to the subject of assessment of the foundation base, spanning from characterization of soil and rock, through research, analysis and calculation, to identification of the optimum foundation model, in order to, to the satisfaction and benefit of the client, ensure cost efficiency and control of project schedule in project implementation. Institut IGH is an active participant in the process of upgrade of Croatian seaports, with references such as technical supervision during construction of Gaženica Ferry Terminal in Zadar or design of Gruž Passenger Port in Dubrovnik. Croatian seaports have significant upgrade potential, especially taking into consideration developmental plans in the tourist segment of the economy.
Seaports are the basic element of development of marine economy, and they are one of the most significant drivers of economic activity, primarily due to the fundamental impact on the development of the transport system in general, but equally for its effects on the development of numerous related activities such as commerce, services, civil engineering, production, fisheries, tourism, energetics. Thus, seaports become an important factor for the advancement of local, national and regional economy.
Institut IGH has a rich history in development of seaport projects. Institut IGH is proud of its participation in realization of practically all port projects in the last couple of decades in Croatia, both in ports of special (international) interest for the Republic of Croatia (e.g. Port of Dubrovnik, Port of Ploče, Port of Split, Port of Zadar, Port of Šibenik, Port of Rijeka), and on numerous projects of other ports of county and local importance.
One of exceptionally complex expert studies developed by Institut IGH was Mathematical and Physical Modelling of Wave Action and Current Action of the City Port of Split. The project objective was to implement investigations and mathematical and physical modelling of the effects of planned projects in the City Port of Split, which is the most important ferry and passenger port in the Republic of Croatia. Bathymetric surveying, surveying works, analysis of wave and current climate, measurements of currents, sea quality and synthesizing of geotechnical investigations were carried out. Physical modelling of wave action was carried out on a hydraulic model in scale 1:50 in a closed structure inside IGH, devised especially for the purposes of performing this test/simulation. The results were used during design and construction of coastal structures inside the City Port of Split.
In recent years, Institut IGH has played a key role in the development of New Port Zadar (Gaženica), through activities of complete design development and supervision, which integrates ferry ports with shoreline structures, all road and other infrastructure and central terminal building with a car park, all according to the FIDIC Contract model, with financing by KfW Germany Bank.
Out of many ongoing assignments, we would like to mention the Contract for development of design documents for Brižine Fishing Port in the port area of Kaštela Basin for the Client Port of Split Authority because of its exceptional importance for the development of both the local community and fishing activity, which was until recently neglected in Croatia.
Institut IGH has extensive experience in designs of marinas and, among other major projects, takes pride in the current business cooperation contract for the provision of technical supervision services in marinas of our largest company performing business activities related to marinas – Adriatic Croatia International Club, which manages 22 marinas on the Adriatic coast.
Strong development of nautical tourism in the last decades worldwide imposed the need to develop all its segments, and promoted the importance of nautical tourism ports and their role as an additional growth driver of the local economy. Except for the purposes of receiving and accommodating vessels, nautical tourism ports are also equipped with resources for the provision of services to users and vessels. Thus, marinas as tourist ports become factors of development, both of tourism and other related services activities.
Among other challenging marina projects underway, it is our pleasure to mention the contract for the role of the Consultant/designer for marinas on the project of luxury tourist complex Montrose in Montenegro.
River ports and inland ports in general are the main elements of the inland waterway transport system of each country and region and the efficiency of the total integral transport process depends on them.
Expert teams of Institut IGH participated in development of the reconstruction design for the terminal for bulk cargo transfer on the Danube River in the port RKM 1336 in Vukovar, and geotechnical experts carried out field geotechnical investigations and executed the designs of the south coast of Osijek Port.
The same as seaports, inland ports are also the development vehicle of different economic activities so many countries used the development of inland ports and navigable waterways for expansion of areas around ports. Development of inland ports is a logical result of discovery of cost-efficient transport and logistic solutions and utilization of resources, while paying special attention to the community and the environment. Such development contributes significantly to an increase in capacities of multi-modal transport and establishment of harmonic relationships in transport development through more marked orientation to inland waterways.