Planners use many tools: templates, models, applications and more. This tab contains some helpful tools.
Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreements (FCSAs), Project
Partnership Agreements (PPAs), Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA)s, Memorandum of Understanding
(MOUs), Model Agreements, Local Cooperation
Agreements (LCA) and more.
- Civil Works Budget
Explanations, guidance, and links to the resources that
determine the Corps of Engineer’s annual budget (the
funding levels and distribution of funding proposed by
the President in the Administration’s Budget) and
appropriations (the funding levels and distribution of
funding passed by the Congress and signed by the
President each fiscal year).
With decision makers at all levels of the Corps – including: the District, Division (MSC), USACE Headquarters, and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) – it is the intent to "power down" planning decisions, approvals, and actions to the most appropriate levels of the organization.
Risk-Informed Decision Making and Planning Support Tools
Links and information on the tools planners use to
support risk-informed decision making: Risk Registers,
Decision Logs, Decision Management Plans, and more.
- Planning Models
Certified and other national models, guidance, and PCX
Software to support Planners and Planning, including
HEC, IWR and other Corps and Non-Corps software
Collaboration and Productivity Tools
USACE and the Department of the Army make available
many tools to assist in planners day-to-day work.
Report Writing and Communication
Links and information to tools and best practices in
Templates and Checklists
Useful templates and checklists for feasibility studies.
Planning Data Sets and Mapping Resources
This page provides a list of USACE and other federal agency vetted resources for use by project delivery teams and others who are in need of data sets and mapping tools.
- Feasibility Study Templates, Checklists & SOPs (1 September)
- This webinar provided an overview of a number of new and updated templates for Chief's Reports and Director's Reports,
Review Manager and Vertical Team Roles and Responsibilities guides, and Study Issue checklists. Jeff Lin, Plan
Formulation Team Lead (HQUSACE Office of Water Project Review) discussed the purpose and intent of each of the new
templates, guides, and checklists.
- Coastal Texas StratCom (7 April)
- This webinar provided an overview of the Strategic Communications Plan for the Coastal Texas study – USACE’s largest Civil
Works study ever undertaken. In just under 6 years, the project delivery team produced a $29B recommended plan that promises
to deliver a resilient Texas coast using a combination of ecosystem restoration and coastal storm risk management features that
function as a system to reduce the risk of coastal storm damages to natural and man-made infrastructure and to restore
degraded coastal ecosystems. Focused on redundancy and robustness, the proposed system of improvements increases the
resiliency of the Texas coast and is adaptable to future conditions. To reach communities locked-down during the Covid crisis,
the team innovated strategic communications, deploying a combination of virtual technologies to engage the public and assure
transparency across the local, regional, and national landscape. Dr. Kelly Burks-Copes (PM, Galveston District) reviewed the
Strategic Communications Plan for the study and walked through the various tools and techniques utilized to assure public
outreach used both during the study phase and planned for the next phases of the project.
- 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.
- USACE and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Technology (6 June)
- This webinar provided background information on Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
technology, and applications of UAS in the Corps as a force multiplier for various mission
sets. The webinar was presented by Mr. Victor Wilhelm, UAS Program Manager at the
Jacksonville District. Mr. Wilhelm also discussed USACE efforts to reorganize its UAS
formations into an Enterprise Aviation Program and associated regulation challenges.