After getting permission for establishment in 1986 from State Planning Committee, the State Key Laboratory of Coastal and Offshore Engineering passed national inspection and thus approval in July 1990. October 1990 witnessed the foundation and the first session of the Academic Committee where the Committee Charter was written, Administrative Regulation passed and Laboratory Management Rules established. Since December 1990, the Laboratory has become available to visitors at home and abroad. It won favorable comments in the State Key Laboratory Evaluation of 1994, 1997, 2003 and 2008. Professor Ou Jinping, member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, is the current Director of Academic Committee, and Professor Dong Guohai is the Laboratory Director.
The Laboratory works hard at advanced theories and technologies in coastal and offshore engineering aiming at providing technical support and scientific solution to technical issues of engineering design and standards. Based upon the experts’ suggestions of the Fourth Laboratory Evaluation, five research areas have been fixed:
(1) Interaction between marine dynamic factors and coast, seabed and structures;
(2) Dynamic analysis and prevention of marine environmental pollution;
(3) Structural system in coastal and offshore engineering and its whole life performance assessment and design;
(4) Security protection and disaster prevention and mitigation for coastal and offshore engineering system;
(5) Numerical simulation and experimental techniques for coastal and offshore engineering system.
The Laboratory is composed of doctoral and post-doctoral programs in hydraulic engineering and civil engineering respectively in addition to one national innovative research group and two innovation groups of the Ministry of Education. The Hydraulic Engineering Branch ranks among the top National Key disciplines (with five secondary key disciplines included), while the Civil Engineering Branch ranks among the secondary State Key disciplines. Both are included in the "211 Project" and "985 Project ". Among the 62 faculty are four academicians (Qiu Dahong, Lin Gao, Zhao Guo-Fan, Ou Jin-ping), thirty-one professors, seven winners of the National Outstanding Youth Fund, and five Distinguished Professors of Cheung Kong Scholars Program. Three of the faculties have been recognized as New Century Talents and four have been selected as the New Century Talents by the Ministry of Education.
Having set up 52 open funds and hosted 12 national and international academic conferences in the last five years, the Laboratory is now collaborating on such high-level research projects as marine environment, undersea pipelines, laser flow field measurement techniques, structural seismic and many more with many countries including the United States, Britain, South Korea, Japan and Australia.