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Texas Gulf Coast

USACE Galveston awards $6.2 million contract for shoreline stabilization along Houston Ship Channel

GALVESTON, Texas (July 30, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $6,227,786 to Bertucci Contracting Company LLC, for shoreline stabilization along the Houston Ship Channel’s Mid Bay Placement Area and Placement Area 15 in Chambers County, Texas.

Work will consist of replacement of damaged riprap along the shoreline in order to protect the placement area from wave erosion.

“Dredged material placement areas are necessary for the Corps to maintain navigation along federal channels,” said Tricia Campbell, an operations manager in the USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch. “These placement areas provide capacity for maintenance material dredged from the Houston Ship Channel and Bayport Ship Channel projects.”

According to Campbell, each year, the USACE Galveston District dredges approximately 30 to 40 million cubic yards of material from Texas channels to fulfill its mission of keeping waterways open for navigation and commerce (benefiting ports handling 500 million tons of commerce annually).

Work is scheduled to begin August 2015 with an estimated completion date of March 2016.

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 250 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

To learn more about dredging along the Texas coast, view our four-minute video, http://bit.ly/KLZQBM. For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.

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USACE Galveston District creates ESRI Operation Dashboard to monitor water levels

GIS Technology
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District created the ESRI Operation Dashboard, a geographic information system (GIS) tool, that allows Corps employees, partners and community to monitor water levels throughout the district’s area of operation along the Texas coast.

By USACE Galveston District Public Affairs Office

GALVESTON, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District created the ESRI Operation Dashboard, a geographic information system (GIS) tool, that allows Corps employees, partners and community to monitor water levels throughout the district’s area of operation along the Texas coast.

The tool customizes and consolidates data layers from the U.S. Geological Survey, National Weather Service and Corps with a base map, and allows interested parties to share information related to federal projects that may be affected by rainfall and increases in river or stream elevation.

“Due to the high number of data sets we must monitor during a weather event or disaster, it can often be difficult to go back and forth between websites and agencies to get all the data required to make informed decisions,” said Mike DeMasi, emergency management chief for the USACE Galveston District. “Pulling all the information for a particular type event, such as the recent flooding in Texas, allows us to see where the rain is falling, what streams and rivers are rising and/or falling and where the federal projects are in relation.”

According to DeMasi, while the tool does not provide analytical instruments, it does consolidate all the information into a single viewer and is usable on any smartphone, providing the capability for staff to get into the field with data readily available in hand.

“We discussed the various data that we were monitoring with our GIS team and asked if they could pull all of the various data providers’ data into a single map, usable by anyone,” said DeMasi. “The GIS team linked our base map, which included all of our areas of responsibility and projects, with data that is maintained by many other agencies.”

A feature currently being tested is the ability to upload images to the site in real time, which will allow users to see graphics of river elevations at specifics points on the map.

To view the ESRI Operation Dashboard, click on the following link: http://www.arcgis.com/apps/dashboard/index.html#/ad46e3dcae3048ed89706314ed68fce3.

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. Its main missions include navigation, ecosystem restoration, emergency management, flood risk management and regulatory oversight.

For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.