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  • January

    Structural Health Monitoring key to a more resilient, modern infrastructure network

    Given the aging condition of much of the nation’s navigation infrastructure, managers need accurate and real-time information on the conditions of such structures as locks, dams and bridges operating well beyond their expected design lives.
  • Remote sensing gives USACE an edge at detecting harmful algal blooms

    The rapid bloom of tiny freshwater microorganisms, called cyanobacteria, sometimes releases toxins that are harmful to aquatic life and can contaminate drinking water. These harmful algal blooms (HABs) pose a significant threat to public health and safety, ecosystems, freshwater resources and recreation. They also cause about $82 million in economic losses to the seafood, restaurant and tourism industries each year.
  • CorpsCam supports proactive management of federal beach projects

    WASHINGTON -Each year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) executes numerous federal beach projects designed to help protect the economy and the environment of our nation's coastal areas. However, little data is available for many of these projects because of high costs, restricted access and safety. This means districts must make decisions based on very limited information, resulting in inaccurate estimates and reactive management decisions. CorpsCam is a new USACE project that aims to fill this void by using automated, remote video technology to better monitor federal beach and other coastal projects. The cameras provide hourly images that can be processed into maps, which can then be refined into usable data.
  • Kit offers easier, less-expensive solution to sand boil threat

    After years of development and laboratory testing, engineers are at the precipice of giving USACE Divisions and Districts a vital tool in protecting our nation’s critical levee systems and the lives and livelihoods those levees defend.
  • October

    Advanced materials, methods driving new life in critical infrastructure

    Ten years ago, Dr. Guillermo Riveros was at home when his son came to him with a cut – a deep one – on his hand from trying to open a can. It was Sunday, and there was not an opportunity to go to the doctor for stitches.
  • Life’s basic building blocks used in search for threatened species

    The Department of Defense maintains 30 million acres of critical military installations and training land. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversees 12 million acres of public lands and water and oversees much of our nation’s vital infrastructure components.
  • USACE developing multifaceted approach to environmental forecasting

    Climate change and environmental issues are at the forefront of national conversation. Researchers across the public and private sectors are looking to tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
  • Ongoing R&D is discovering new ways to put dredged sediment to use

    Dredging is a central part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) largest mission – to maintain clear, safe and navigable waterways. Without periodic dredging, many harbors and ports would be impassable, and so more than 400 ports and 25,000 miles of navigation channels are dredged throughout the U.S. each year.
  • July

    A digital partner to building better, faster

    Each month, Jonathan Boone comes into his office in Vicksburg, Mississippi, sits down and inputs data collected from the ongoing construction of a new state-of-the-art medical facility in Missouri. He updates timelines, construction schedules, supply chain information and recent permitting approvals.
  • Using optimization strategies to prioritize and schedule dredging operations

    Researchers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have developed dredging optimization models using artificial intelligence and operations research methods to help prioritize and schedule dredging operations across the enterprise.

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