Designing projects in the coastal & marine environment can be technically overwhelming and frustrating to permit.
To Succeed, you’ll need:
- Specialized coastal engineering expertise
- Local knowledge and resources
- Coastal monitoring and modeling capabilities
Lacking these may put your project at risk
WEC’s Coastal Engineering Services Include:
- Extreme wind & wave analyses and wave load calculations
- FEMA flood map revisions (LOMA, LOMR & LOMC)
- Wetland restoration design
- Hurricane storm surge modeling & flood hazard mapping
- Hurricane hazard resiliency planning support
- Marina design and permitting support
- Hydraulic, hydrodynamic & water quality modeling
- Planning & permitting support
- Project environmental impact assessments
- Sedimentation studies
- Field monitoring of tides, currents, waves & water quality
- Beach management & shoreline stabilization
Gain Confidence Your Project Will Succeed
Reduce project risk
Avoid unnecessary environmental impacts
Reduce Project Headaches
Leverage specialized expertise
Save money and stay on schedule
Avoid staffing issues
Trusted Partner on Your Team
Strengthen your team
Boost your reputation
• WEC designed an alternate tidal marsh configuration, resulting in substantial construction cost savings, reduced erosion potential, and reduced maintenance requirements. WEC assisted Collins Engineering with the final design and supported the project team through construction.
• The project won an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina.
• WEC used the 2D SWAN model to evaluate the wave conditions acting along the pier. The wave load calculations supported a safe and cost-efficient structural design of the new pier.
• Services included numerical modeling with a 3D application of the EFDC model to assess hydrodynamics, sedimentation, and water quality effects of the proposed deepening. The results were incorporated into the Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement and saved on the order of $100M in mitigation costs.
• The project included extensive field data collection and analysis of reference marsh topography, vegetation and hydraulics. WEC used the SRH-2D hydrodynamic model to aid in the design of tidal marsh areas and tidal creeks.
• The study defined storm surge, wind, and wave conditions for various return periods to develop appropriate performance and survivability design criteria.
• The design was supported by a 2D application of the HEC-RAS model to simulate tidal inundation through a new box culvert, tidal marsh system, and two railroad crossings. The project required careful consideration of existing site constraints including low-lying roadways, railroads, and offsite flood prevention, while maximizing restored wetland acreage.
• The study incorporated extensive field measurements for tidal currents and vessel wave heights. WEC used the 2D SWAN model to establish extreme wave conditions at the site for a variety of storm scenarios and return periods. The project also included an assessment of sedimentation rates at the proposed dock facility to estimate future dredge maintenance needs.
• The project required extensive field measurements of tidal water levels, current velocities, and marsh vegetation and 2D numerical modeling to aid the wetland and tidal creek design.
• WEC prepared detailed design drawings and specifications for the wetland site, maximizing restored areas and minimizing construction costs and maintenance requirements.
• The project, which included 20 terminals in total, required careful consideration of environmental effects, water quality standards, and fishery resources. WEC conducted Tier I Sediment Quality Evaluations, an Essential Fish Habitat Assessment and Biological Assessment, and evaluated water quality effects in support of the permit applications.
• WEC developed a storm surge analysis methodology to include improving the FEMA ADCIRC model for the region. WEC worked with ATM to complete the hurricane modeling analysis.
• The study results provide a more robust assessment of the storm surge and sea level rise scenarios within the upper St. Johns River and tidal tributaries, which the County can incorporate into stormwater infrastructure design.
With WEC on Your Team, You Get:
For over two decades, our engineers and scientists have helped hundreds of clients
Local and international project experience
Advanced Computer Modeling
To optimize designs and evaluate environmental effects
We’ll help you maintain water quality while avoiding unnecessary environmental impacts.
Experts at monitoring tides, currents, waves & water quality
Tell Us About Your Situation
We’ll discuss your project’s needs, problems, and expectations together
Receive a Customized Solution
Our specialized experts will analyze the options and identify the right solution
Feel Relieved on the Path to Success
You can proceed with your project, knowing we’ll solve your problem