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Tools

    Planners use many tools: templates, models, applications and more. This tab contains some helpful tools.

  • Agreements
      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).
  • Delegations
      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 links.
  • Software
      Software to support Planners and Planning, including HEC, IWR and other Corps and Non-Corps software and tools.
  • 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 report writing.
  • Templates and Checklists
      Civil Works Review Board, Surveys, Review Plans, NEPA, Project Reports, etc.
  • 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.

    Webinars

      2022
    • 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.

      2021
    • 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.

      2019
    • 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.