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.
Hydroelectric Design Center (HDC) and Hydropower Analysis Center (HAC) (Portland District)
The Hydroelectric Design Center serves the Corps hydroelectric and large pumping plant missions. Project sizes vary and range from non-routine maintenance design to major rehabilitation and total plant design. It has extensive expertise in rehabilitation programs, testing of major equipment and systems, failure analysis, seismic design, power plant control and data acquisition, and more. The HDC also works with the Hydropower Analysis Center for power system operation analysis and economics. The HDC maintains the capability and proficiency required for planning, engineering, design, and developing criteria for all existing and new hydroelectric power plants and large flood control or water supply pumping plants.
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
The USACE Institute for Water Resources (IWR) was established to provide
forward-looking analysis, cutting-edge methodologies, and innovative tools to aid
USACE’s Civil Works program. IWR strives to improve the performance of the
USACE water resources program through analysis of emerging water resources
trends and issues; development, distribution, and training in the use of state-of-
the-art methods and models in the areas of planning, operations, and civil
engineering; and national data management of results-oriented program and
project information across Civil Works business lines. In addition to implementing
this vision throughout core mission areas, IWR oversees seven Centers that
provide targeted technical expertise and support.
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.
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.
- Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (EMRRP) Overview (27 January)
- This webinar provided an overview of the Ecosystem Management and Restoration
Research Program (EMRRP) and how it can help address current and future
environmental planning challenges. Presenter Dr. Brook Herman (Research Ecologist and
Program Manager, EMRRP) discussed how EMRRP is designed to be a flexible research
program capable of addressing a wide range of issues associated with ecosystem
restoration that can be a source of collaboration bringing together planning teams with
subject matter experts. Dr. Herman also described how research funded by EMRRP has
addressed planning challenges, such as helping to increase the number of certified
ecological planning models and providing knowledge transfer of monitoring and adaptive
management practices. In addition, Dr. Herman addressed the Statement of Need (SON)
process and important submittal dates.
- USACE National Regional Sediment Management Program Overview (13 January)
- This webinar provided an overview of the USACE National Regional Sediment
Management (RSM) Program and beneficial use of dredged material. Dr. Katie Brutsché,
(Program Manager, USACE RSM Program and Associate Technical Director, Navigation
Research and Development) described the concept of RSM, why it’s important, and how
the program came to be. The presentation included example studies where RSM was
successfully executed to create more efficient and effective management of sediment
related projects. In addition, Dr. Brutsché discussed the beneficial use of dredged
material (BUDM) as an RSM strategy.
- The Power of ERDC (4 November)
- This webinar highlighted the capabilities of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and
Development Center (ERDC) and the role of the recently stood up group of “ERDC
Liaisons.” As one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in
the world, ERDC conducts research and development in support of military installations
and the USACE Civil Works mission, as well as for other federal agencies, state and
municipal authorities, and with U.S. industries through innovative work agreements.
Presenter Michael Winkler (ERDC Strategic Integration Officer) provided an overview of
ERDC capabilities related to Planning and described the role of the new ERDC Liaisons,
who have been assigned to all MSCs and Districts as part of the Chief of Engineer’s intent
to elevate the Corps’ research and development programs, and to promote ERDC
involvement earlier in the project development process.
- Best Practices & Lessons Learned: Environmental Collaboration & Conflict Resolution (1 July)
- This webinar provided an overview of best practices and lessons learned from various
MSC case studies on Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution (ECCR), along
with an introduction from the Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise
(CPCX). The webinar was presented by Frances Malamud-Roam (San Francisco District
Regulatory Project Manager), Mike Thron (New Orleans District Biologist), Daniel
Sumerall (Vicksburg District Project Manager), Cindy Upah (Alaska District Planning
Chief), and Tyson Vaughn (CPCX ECCR Report Lead). The practitioners shared case
studies incorporating innovative collaborative and conflict resolution practices which
included the Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team, the Mississippi River Levee
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, and the Japanese Creek Continuing
- The RMC, the MMC, and You (3 June)
- This webinar provided an overview of the Risk Management Center (RMC) and the
Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences (MMC), including the organization, background,
and purpose of each Center as well as their respective mission areas and District support
services. The MMC is at the forefront of the development of consequences analysis tools
and methodology for USACE dam and levee risk and security assessments. Likewise, the
RMC has been responsible for the development of USACE risk assessment methodology
and risk management of the USACE dam and levee portfolio. Presenters Jason Needham,
(Consequences Specialist, RMC), Ben Stubbs (Director, MMC), and Jesse Morrill-Winter
(National Technical Specialist, Economics and Risk) discussed new requirements for
District planners regarding the incorporation of life safety risk into project design and
evaluation and the available support functions, expertise, and products the RMC and
MMC can provide for local studies.
- Office of Water Project Review (OWPR): Who We Are and What We Do (22 April)
- This webinar provided an overview of the Headquarters Office of Water Project Review
(OWPR). Presenters Wes Coleman (OWPR Chief) and members of the team Judy McCrea
(Plan Formulation), Fay Lachney (Plan Formulation Team Lead), Chris Bouquot
(Economics), and Jeff Lin (Plan Formulation) discussed the history of OWPR origins and
provided insight on the current organization of the office and its people. In addition to
discussing OWPR staff policy review roles and responsibilities, the presenters shared
other ongoing OWPR initiatives.
- Engaging Operations During Feasibility (29 October)
- This webinar focused on the benefits for planners of engaging with Operations personnel
during the feasibility phase. During the feasibility phase of a Civil Works project, study
teams often identify a number of benefit streams. Planners can benefit from ground-
truthing their benefit concepts with professionals who are actively delivering project
benefits in real-time: USACE Civil Works Operation Managers and other Operations
professionals. Improved interaction and recognition of Operations Division professionals
in the feasibility phase can lead to more practical outcomes, a better understanding of
the project turnover phase, and life-cycle cost exposure for non-federal sponsors. . This webinar was presented by Peter Dodgion
(HQUSACE Asset Management Program Manager).
- Real Estate and Planning: Partnering in Feasibility for Success (15 October)
- This webinar discussed how planners can partner effectively with Real Estate throughout
the feasibility phase to ensure successful project delivery during implementation,
including an overview of common Real Estate definitions, Real Estate’s role during the
feasibilty phase and identifying Real Estate requirements, how Real Estate fits into
SMART Planning, and best practices for project delivery teams (PDTs) partnering with
their local Real Estate teams. The webinar was presented by members of the USACE Real
Estate Community of Practice and NWD vertical chain: Ted Nettles (HQUSACE Realty
Specialist/HQUSACE Base Realignment and Closure [BRAC] Program Manager), Kimberly
Ohman (NWD Planning and Acquisition Program Manager), and Meredith Harmon (NWK
Planning and Acquisition Branch Chief).
- Incorporating Managed Aquifer Recharge into the USACE Planning Process (20 August)
- This webinar provided an overview of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), which includes
both artificial recharge basins and aquifer storage and recovery wells and is being used
to address many water management challenges around the globe. The presentation
provided an overview of a recently published USACE Institute for Water Resources (IWR)
report on how the Corps and its partners have been, or have considered, using MAR in
civil works projects. In addition to applications in flood risk management and aquatic
ecosystem restoration, MAR can be used for drought management, water supply,
seawater intrusion prevention, and other water resources management objectives. The
presentation also discussed how MAR may be further integrated into the USACE civil
works planning process and new initiatives to deliver more sustainable and resilient water
management solutions. The webinar was presented by Dr. Will Logan, Director of the
International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management at IWR.
- 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)
- The webinar discussed recent examples of collaborations and lessons learned from the Dam Safety and Planning Programs and
was presented by Eric Halpin (HQUSACE Special Assistant for Dam & Levee Safety), Maria Wegner (Planning Community of
Practice), Marci Jackson (Sacramento District) and David Serafini (Sacramento District).