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Other Corps Expertise


  • Dam Safety Modification Studies (16 May)
    This webinar provided an overview of Dam Safety Modification Studies including best practices, how these studies incorporate risk informed planning, and examples of recent successes. The webinar was presented by Kendall Zaborowski and Jami Buchanan, Planners with the Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise (DSMMCX).
  • National Nonstructural Committee and Nonstructural Measures (21 March)
    This webinar provided an update on nonstructural measures for Flood Risk Management (FRM) and Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) within USACE, presented by members of the USACE National Nonstructural Committee (NNC)  Ms. Lea Adams (Committee Chair, HEC) , Ms. Danielle Tommaso (NAN), and Mr. Jodie Foster (SWF-RPEC).The presentation introduced the NNC and provided background on why USACE is involved with nonstructural measures. The presenters also gave an overview of nonstructural measures, walked through incorporation of nonstructural measures / alternatives in the USACE planning process, and highlighted an example project with a nonstructural focus. The goal of the presentation was to help PDT members working on FRM and CSRM projects know what nonstructural measures are, how to incorporate them in planning studies, and where to access additional resources.

  • USACE Emergency Action Plan Guidance (21 June)
    Mr. Eric Halpin, USACE Deputy Dam and Levee Safety Officer, addressed the recently published EC 1110-2-6074, Guidance for Emergency Action Plans, Incident Management and Reporting, and Inundation Maps for Dams and Levee Systems. The webinar discussed the vital role emergency action plans (EAPs) play in the comprehensive risk management strategy for USACE dam and levee projects. The policy intent of EC 1110-2- 6074 is consistency of EAPs across the USACE portfolio of dam and levee projects. USACE has an open data sharing posture with respect to local, state, and federal emergency management authorities for not only EAPs but also their corresponding inundation maps in both non-editable and editable electronic formats.

  • Successfully Integrating Dam Safety into Planning Studies: Tricks and Treats (31 October)
    Presented by Maria Wegner, HQUSACE Senior Policy Advisor, and Eric Halpin, USACE Deputy Dam and Levee Safety Officer, the provides a brief overview of the USACE Dam Safety program, highlights the key policies for the integration of dam safety with planning studies, and offer some 'tricks and treats' to aid in successful integration.
  • Incorporation of Climate Change Impacts Into Inland Hydrologic Analysis (7 September)
    Ms. Chanel Mueller (MVP), a Climate Change Resilience and Preparedness Subject Matter Expert provided an overview of guidance on USACE Climate Adaptation Policy and shared useful tools for assessing potential climate change impacts to civil works projects on inland systems. A case study was presented for an ecosystem restoration project on the Upper Mississippi River.
  • Floodplain Management Plans, A Short Course (6 April)
    Brian Rast, with the Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise, Institute for Water Resources, presented an overview of floodplain management plans and described how development and implementation of these plans can contribute towards increased community resilience. Non-Federal interests are required to prepare and implement a floodplain management plan as part of construction of cost-shared flood risk management or coastal storm risk management project (Policy Guidance Letter 52). The presentation also shared examples of community-adopted floodplain management plans
  • Overview of USACE Climate Preparedness and Resilience (16 March)
    Dr. Kathleen White from IWR presented a webinar on USACE Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The webinar provided an overview of USACE climate preparedness and resilience activities and resources that could be of use to the PCoP. Dr. White described the 4 strategies that guide USACE climate preparedness and resilience, and gave an overview of relevant regulations and tools. She encouraged planners to address these issues early in the study process and provided information on how to request assistances from the Climate and Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice.
  • Dealing With Costs (2 March)
    Mr. Jeremy LaDart, Economist from the HQ Office of Water Project Review (OWPR) covered cost guidance, cost basics and terminology, and cost share ratios. Mr. LaDart discussed how and where to obtain costs and common cost issues.
  • Opportunities to Support Levee Inventory, Inspections and Risk Assessments of Non-USACE Levee Systems (5 January)
    Mr. Noah Vroman (Director of the Levee Safety Production Center in MVD, Vicksburg, MS), Ms. Jamie McVicker (Levee Safety Production Center, St. Louis, MO) and Ms. Cathi Sanders (Program Manager for the National Levee Database, Kansas City, MO) shared information about an effort to inventory and review all non-Federal levee systems which was authorized in WRRDA 2014 and will be initiated in FY17. The presentation presents an overview of the process to be followed and provided information on how planners can get involved in the State Liaison Teams and Levee Inspection and Risk Assessment Teams. Statements of Interest for State Liaisons are available at the USACE Levee Safety Community of Practice site on the Technical Excellence Network (TEN) link below and are due to Janet Ulivi by 13 January 17

  • Civil Works Research and Development Process (8 December)
    Mr. Tony Niles, HQUSACE Assistant Director for Civil Works Research and Development described how the Civil Works Research and Development Program is organized and how research needs are identified by the field, prioritized by Communities of Practice and Research Area Review Groups (RARGs), and approved for funding. The leads for the Environment, Navigation, and Flood and Coastal Risk Management Research Area Review Groups provided a brief summary of planning-related R&D work units. Statements of Need for research and development that are submitted by 30 December 2016 will prioritized and considered for funding in the following Fiscal Year.
  • Conservation Planning to Recover Federally Listed Species: The Threatened and Endangered Species Team (TEST) Summary (16 February)
    Joe Wilson, from the Headquarters Operations & Regulatory Division shared experiences and activities from the cross- disciplinary Threatened and Endangered Species Team (TEST).
  • Civil Works Sustainability (7 January)
    Heather Morgan, HQ E&C, shared the work of the Sustainability working group: the concepts, principles and application of large scale sustainability in Civil Works. She included the status of the Civil Works Sustainability Initiative and describe the future actions for this initiative.

  • Real Estate and SMART Planning (17 December)
    In a webinar for planners, realty specialists and appraisers, John Cline, HQ Real Estate, Paula Johnson-Muic, SWD Chief of Real Estate, and Belinda Estabrook Savannah District Senior Realty Specialist discussed the role of Real Estate in a feasibility study team, specific decisions made throughout the feasibility study process that should include Real Estate, and the perspective of Real Estate during Agency Technical Review.
  • Engineering with Nature to Create Project Value (15 October)
    Dr. Todd S. Bridges, Senior Research Scientist from the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), provided an overview of the integration of Engineering with Nature initiative across all USACE missions. Engineering with Nature approaches have been applied in field research and demonstration projects. The principles of Engineering with Nature were included in the development of the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, specifically the inclusion of Natural and Nature Based Features for Coastal Resilience.
  • Understanding Consequences in the Dam Safety Periodic Assessment (PA) Process (3 September)
    Kurt Buchanan, a Consequences Technical Lead with the Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences Mandatory Center of Expertise (MMC-MCX) shared overview of the economist's role in the Dam Safety Programs Periodic Assessment (PA) process. PAs are performed on Corps projects on a 10 year cycle and include a Semi-Quantitative Risk Assessment (SQRA). Periodic Assessments require the participation of an economist and potentially other planners to help assess the consequences of potential failure modes. This presentation will include an overview of how PAs fit into the overall dam safety process, the role of the economist in estimating consequences for PAs, and how MMC-MCX products are used to inform those estimates.

  • Cost Engineering Support for SMART Planning (3 April)
    A presentation by members of the Cost Engineering Mandatory Center of Expertise (MCX) and Planning Community of Practice on integration of Cost Engineering, including Cost Agency Technical Review (ATR) in SMART feasibility studies.
  • Dam Safety & Planning: Examples of Collaboration and Lessons Learned (6 February)
    Eric Halpin,

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