Monitoring Completed Coastal Projects: Status of a Program


  • J. Michael Hemsley


Sediments, models, sonar, photogrammetry, tides, waves, littoral transport, inlets, structures, inspection


For too long, coastal works were built with no intent to determine the success of their performance. It was an unusual structure that was monitored once completed. The need to better understand performance of coastal projects and, therefore, be better able to evaluate success of accepted design procedures has been long accepted. Until 1981, though, there was no organized program to satisfy that need in the United States. That year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established the Monitoring Completed Coastal Projects Program to provide evaluations needed by planners, designers, and builders of coastal projects.