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Study Initiation Phase
1: Initial Problem Identification
2: Congressional Study Authority
3: Letter of Intent from Sponsor
4: Congress Appropriates Study Funds
5: Execute Feasibility Cost Share Agreement and Secure Sponsor Study Funding
6: Scope and Conduct Study
7: Release Draft Feasibility Report for Concurrent Review
8: Complete Final Feasibility Report for Coordination and Submission
9: Policy Review of Final Feasibility Report
10: Federal and State Agency Review
11: Sign Chief of Engineer's Report
12: Administration Review of Chief of Engineer's Report
13: Congress Appropriates PED Funds
14: Execute Design Agreement and Secure Sponsor Design Funding
15: Conduct Pre-construction Engineering and Design activities
16: Congress Authorizes Project
17: Congress Appropriates Construction Funds
18: Execute Project Partnership Agreement and Secure Sponsor Construction Funding
19: Implement Project
20: Operation, Maintenance, Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation
Water Resources Project Delivery

    Pre-Construction Engineering and Design (PED)

    During Pre-Construction Engineering and Design (PED), the Army Corps of Engineers and its non-federal partner completes the detailed engineering & technical studies and design needed to begin construction of the project as recommended in the decision document, including engineering design documentation and the plans and specifications ("Plans and Specs") of the first significant construction contract.

    PED may begin after the Division Engineer"s Transmittal of the final feasibility report, PED funds have been appropriated by Congress, and a Design Agreement is executed with the non-federal partner. PED activities are usually cost-shared at the same breakdown as construction costs. Note this is different than the typical 50-50 cost-sharing of feasibility studies.

    PED activities usually require about two years to complete, and are a critical engineering component to prepare for project construction. PED activities may begin before congressional authorization (and construction funding) of the project. However, construction may not begin until the project has been authorized and Construction funding has been appropriated.

    The Corps and its partners use the more detailed engineering design documentation developed during PED as a resource to draft and negotiate the "Project Partnership Agreement" for project construction.

    Key steps during PED are:

    • Congress Appropriates PED Funds
    • Execute Design Agreement and Secure Sponsor Design Funding
    • Conduct Pre-construction Engineering and Design activities

    Key Guidance for Corps Planners Additional Resources

  • Engineering and Construction Bulletins
    Engineering and Construction Bulletins provide interim guidance (directive and policy) as well as "for information" updates.
  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook (2000)
    The Planning Guidance Notebook provides the overall direction by which the Corps of Engineers civil works projects are formulated, evaluated, and selected for overall implementation. This includes all appendices that were written at a later date.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1150: Engineering and Design for Civil Works Program (1999)
    This regulation defines engineering responsibilities, requirements, and procedures during the design, construction, and operations phases.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-1-12: Quality Management (2006)
    Contains information on Project Management Plans, Independent Technical Review, and Risk Management.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-1-8159: Dr. Checks (2015)
    This regulation updates the policy and procedures for managing the Design Review and Checking System (DrChecks) initially established 10 May 2001 with current website address and technical contact information.
  • The Planner's Library
    Links to Corps guidance, fact sheets, and lessons learned
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-217: Civil Works Review Policy (2021)
    This Engineer Regulation (ER) establishes policy and procedures for a comprehensive accountable review strategy for Civil Works by providing a seamless process for review of all projects throughout the lifecycle. This ER will ensure the quality and credibility of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) decision, implementation, and other work products. It reinforces quality and comprehensive review are equal to cost and schedule compliance. This ER supersedes Engineer Circular 1165-2-217: Water Resource Policies and Authorities, Review Policy for Civil Works which expired on 31 March 2020.
  • Engineer Circular 1165-2-214: Water Resource Policies and Authorities, Civil Works Review (2012 Expiration 20 February 2018)
    This EC has been superseded by EC 1165-2-217: Water Resource Policies and Authorities, Review Policy for Civil Works.
  • WRDAs and Related Laws
  • Model Design Agreements
    To streamline implementation and achieve national consistency, policy compliance, legal sufficiency, and equitable treatment of project sponsors, the Corps has developed models for drafting design agreements.
  • Civil Works Study and Project Partnerships (2015)
    Introduction to the partnership between USACE and Non-Federal Sponsors in developing a feasibility study and recommendation of a Civil Works water resources project.
  • Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations (2019)
    Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations provides potential sponsors with information on the programs and processes available for non-Federal partners and USACE representatives to work together to address the Nation’s water resources problems. The Guide includes an overview of the USACE Civil Works Program and describes how USACE can work with local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and other non-Federal partners on activities ranging from technical services and advice to planning and constructing water resources projects. A previous version of this document was originally published as the Project Partnership Kit by IWR back in 1996 and revised in 2001.
  • Webinars

      2014
    • Moving from the Study Phase to Preconstruction Engineering and Design (10 June)
      This webinar included speakers from the Headquarters Office of Water Project Review (OWPR) and the Deep Draft Navigation Planning Center of Expertise (DDN-PCX) who addressed moving from the study phase to the preconstruction engineering and design (PED) phase of a USACE water resources project.