All Centers of Expertise
This is a comprehensive list of most centers of expertise for Corps Military and Civil Works missions. This includes cost-engineering and other Directories of Expertise (DX), Planning Centers of Expertise (PCXs), Collaboration & Public Participation Center, Mapping and GIS, and more.
Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice
The Climate Preparedness and Resilience CoP consists of USACE staff who regularly interact to collectively learn, solve problems, build skills and competencies, and develop best practices around global and climate change issues, including climate preparedness and resilience, impacts, risks, vulnerabilities, adaptation, and integrating adaptation and mitigation.
Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX)
Managing conflicts and engaging the public are key skills for USACE professionals. The CPCX enhances these skills and equips Corps personnel to implement collaborative decision-making processes in field operations.
Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX) SharePoint site
Resources for those engaged in and interested in the Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise.
US Army Corps of Engineers: Communities of Practice Sharepoint Sites
This is a list of the Communities of Practice for the Corps.
Corps Facilitators Exchange
Find a Corps facilitator, webinars and training for facilitators, and other useful information.
- Corps Research Labs
Research and development in support of the Corps of Engineers' civil works
mission, including Planning.
Cost Engineering Mandated Center of Expertise / Technical Center of Expertise (MCX/TCX)
The Cost Engineering Mandated Center of Expertise / Technical Center of Expertise (MCX/TCX), at the Walla Walla District, is authorized by Headquarters to conduct peer review (Agency Technical Review [ATR] and External Peer Review [EPR]) of cost estimates, construction schedules, contingencies and escalation included in all decision documents.
Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise (DSMMCX)
The Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise (DSMMCX) provides technical advice, oversight, review and production capability for all aspects of dam modification projects across the Corps.
- Ecosystem Restoration SmartBook
Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC)
The Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) is the Center of Expertise in the technical areas of surface and groundwater hydrology, river hydraulics and sediment transport, hydrologic statistics and risk analysis, reservoir system analysis, planning analysis, real-time water control management and a number of other closely associated technical subjects.
- Institute for Water Resources
National Nonstructural Committee
The National Nonstructural Committee partners with Planning Centers of Expertise in all aspects of nonstructural flood risk reduction and associated opportunities; promotes the development and use of all nonstructural flood risk reduction measures; and provides risk expertise on all aspects of nonstructural flood risk reduction and associated opportunities.
- Natural Resources Management SmartBook
Risk Management Center (RMC)
The Risk Management Center (RMC) was established to improve management controls over infrastructure decisions, serve as an independent advisor to senior leadership, maintain and develop risk competencies, and ensure consistency in processes, application of criteria and decision-making.
- USACE Endangered Species Points of Contact
- 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
- 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,