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1 US Army Corps of Engineers BUILDING STRONG ® Channel Portfolio Tool (CPT) Kenneth Ned Mitchell, PhD U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center Coastal and Hydraulics Lab Vicksburg, Miss. Federal Highway Administration Talking Freight seminar November 16 th, 2011

2 Public Awareness Challenges Corps invests hundreds of millions of dollars annually in maintenance of our hidden national waterway infrastructure. ERDC-CHL2 National dependence upon this vital infrastructure has not translated into full public awareness.

3 CPT Background ERDC-CHL3 The USACE Navigation Mission: to provide safe, reliable, and efficient waterborne transportation systems (channels, harbors, and waterways) for the movement of commerce, National security needs, and recreation. Frittelli, J., HMTF Expenditures, Congressional Research Service, Jan 2011

4 CPT Background CPT is a web-based decision-support tool which helps convey the importance of Corps dredging activity to the efficient movement of maritime commerce. –Corps-only version: https://cpt.usace.army.milhttps://cpt.usace.army.mil –Public version: TBD, coming soon Started in late FY2008, with two primary objectives: –Provide consistent, objective prioritization of Corps Operations and Maintenance (O&M) dredging activities for allocation of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) outlays –Provide Corps personnel with improved access to and understanding of the data provided by the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center (WCSC) ERDC-CHL4

5 Deep-draft Navigation O&M ERDC-CHL5 350+ HMTF-eligible navigation projects are actively maintained Wide variation in project spatial extent and level of use USACE is historically a decentralized organization… USACE District boundaries

6 Channel Portfolio Tool (CPT) ERDC-CHL6

7 Waterborne Commerce Data The Corps’ Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center (WCSC) collects and collates data from several sources concerning commercial use of US waterways. –Dock-level, origin-to-destination routing (Corps-use-only) –Includes tons, commodity types, vessel counts, drafts –Aggregated data already published at project level –Corps planning community has used WCSC data to support harbor deepening projects and inland studies Corps Operations community has not consistently used this data beyond project-level tonnage and ton-mile metrics for O&M budget development. http://www.ndc.iwr.usace.army.mil/wcsc/wcsc.htm ERDC-CHL7

8 CPT spatially joins the docks in the WCSC database with the respective sub-reaches. Full network connectivity, ensuring that all transited channels are appropriately credited. Shortest-path routing used for domestic and inland river traffic transiting multiple projects. ERDC-CHL8 Spatial Join to Waterway Network

9 Depth Utilization Analysis CPT then compares these tonnage-draft profiles to the segment controlling depths resulting from present shoaling conditions. CPT can generate depth-utilization profiles showing the distribution of cargo across the range of maintained depths for any system of navigation channels. ERDC-CHL9

10 Focus on Shoal-vulnerable Cargo ERDC-CHL10

11 Navigation Systems Defined ERDC-CHL11 CPT provides a flexible, accessible means of defining systems of maintained channels. Corps decision makers can now see the extent to which these navigation systems are utilized by commercial shipping.

12 Visualizing Project Utilization ERDC-CHL12

13 Regional Summaries ERDC-CHL13

14 Visualizing Commodity Flows ERDC-CHL14

15 Visualizing Commodity Flows Lower Miss. River Outbound petroleum, 2009

16 Understanding Navigation Systems Lower Miss. River Inbound corn, 2009 Corps O&M activities must be coordinated in order to realize system-level efficiencies and maximize benefits to the Nation.

17 Visualizing Commodity Flows ERDC-CHL17

18 Domestic traffic, drafting at least 27 ft, 2005-2008 ERDC-CHL18 Dredging Costs $ 10 M$ 20 M$ 30M$ 40 M$ 50 M Duluth-Superior $ 6.0 M11111 Indiana Harbor$ 12.5 M00111 Two Harbors_MN$ 212 k11111 St. Clair River$ 17 M00011 Detroit$ 7.5 M01001 Presque_Isle_MI$ 1.5 M01111 Burns Harbor$ 2.5 M11111 Conneaut$ 2.5 M00101 Cleveland$ 9.0 M00001 Ashtabula$ 20 M00000 Restored Tonnage39.2 M63.8M90.3 M107.9 M130.9 M Navigation Systems R&D Budget ceilings

19 ERDC-CHL19 Disruptions due to 5-ft shoaling Coal terminals; e.g. Mobile, Norfolk Miss and Columbia Rivers grain exports Great Lakes coal and iron ore Navigation Systems R&D Tons per vessel vs. draft

20 Navigation Systems Analysis The Waterborne Commerce data via the CPT gives the Corps a straightforward O&M budget formulation capability and allows for more advanced navigation systems analysis. These efforts are drawing interest from other Federal agencies (e.g. CMTS) as well as the Transportation Research Board (TRB). ERDC-CHL20

21 Channel Portfolio Tool (CPT) ERDC-CHL21 Questions? Dr. Ned Mitchell US Army Engineer Research & Development Center Coastal and Hydraulics Lab Vicksburg, Miss. Kenneth.n.mitchell@usace.army.mil 601-634-2022


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