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.
- Model Documentation
This page provides reports, technical papers, and other
documentation for use in conjunction with USACE
- Planning Models
This page provides resources and links to different models that can be used on a variety of water resources projects.
Collaboration and Virtual Information Sharing
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.
Apps, Tools, and Software
This page provides a list of USACE and other federal agency vetted apps, tools, and software for use by project delivery teams and others, including planning data sets and mapping tools.
Social Sciences Portal
Collection of tools and techniques useful for PDTs
working to incorporate social science considerations
into projects and studies.
- Planning Fundamentals: Comprehensive Documentation of Benefits - Guidance, Requirements, and New Tools (28 September)
- This webinar is part of the Planning Fundamentals Series and provided an overview of the guidance and requirements
associated with the comprehensive documentation of benefits in decision documents. Presenters Jeff Strahan (Economics
Team Lead, HQUSACE Office of Water Project Review); Tim Fleeger (Policy and Environmental Coordinator, Northwestern
Division); Max Millstein (Senior Economist, South Atlantic Division); Susan Durden (Economist, Institute for Water
Resources); and Janet Cote (Project Manager, New England District) introduced new tools to aid study teams in the
selection of metrics and analysis for different Civil Works mission areas, including Comprehensive Benefit Evaluation and
Scoping Tool (C-BEST), IWR’s suite of Quick Look Tools, and examples of the Table of Effects to display the performance of
alternatives against a variety of fields. Presenters also discussed a case study to highlight a practical application of
- National Shoreline Management Study National Assessment (21 September)
- This webinar featured a preliminary look at the National Shoreline Management Study (NSMS) National Assessment Report
and companion Summary. This National Assessment highlights the economic, social, and environmental importance of the
nation’s shorelines, and the changes that result from natural and human-induced influences on coastal processes. It has
been developed based on existing and available information and input from a variety of federal agencies, Tribal Nations,
representative groups, national coastal interests, state and regional representatives, and researchers. Presenters Marriah
Abellera (Institute for Water Resources Coastal Program Manager) and Dr. Denise Reed (Research Professor Gratis at the
University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences) provided background on the NSMS Program
and a detailed overview of the National Assessment Report.
- National Structure Inventory (26 January)
- This webinar provided an overview of the National Structure Inventory (NSI) and its potential application in supporting
flood risk management studies. The 2022 version of the NSI uses a variety of new data inputs in order to obtain improved
nationwide estimates of structure locations, structure characteristics, and population at risk estimates. This data is often
necessary for economic and life safety studies, but the NSI may also be useful for other planning efforts. Presenters Nick
Lutz (Economist, HEC) and Alex Ryan (Economist, PCX-IN) covered ways to use the NSI, its limitations, and methods to
improve the NSI for planning efforts through the newly developed NSI Survey Tool.
- 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.