US Army Corps of Engineers

National Regional Sediment Management Program

RSM Nearshore Berm Workshop
29-30 January 2019

Coastal and Hydraulics Lab
Vicksburg, MS

The Regional Sediment Management and Coastal Inlet Research Programs would like you to join us for a Nearshore Berm workshop. The workshop will facilitate discussion of current research and field needs in the future. Project challenges (Stakeholder concerns, operational, engineering, ecological, etc.) will be identified, and future Statements of Need will be created to address these challenges. Metrics for success and potential ways to quantify benefits will also be discussed. Overall, the objective of the workshop will be to identify District, Resource Agency, and Stakeholder concerns for these types of projects, and propose future research to address these challenges.

Tuesday, 29 Jan

0800 - 0815 Coffee and Seating
0815 - 0825 Welcome: CHL Director Ty Wamsley
0825 - 0835 Agenda, Logistics Brutsché/McFall
0835 - 0905 Introduction to Nearshore Placement/Objectives Katie Brutsché
0905 - 0925 Documenting Historical Practice: 1930s to Present Brian McFall
0925 - 0945 Physical Modeling Research Duncan Bryant
1000 - 1020 Tools for Informing Design Krafft/Styles
1020 - 1040 Ecological Considerations TBD
1040 - 1100 Operational Considerations Tim Welp
1100 - 1120 Recent Case Studies Brutsche/Bruder
1120 - 1130 Discussion
1230 - 1400 Common Lessons and Experience from Regional Practices

* Summaries of nearshore placement in different regions (i.e. type of placement, volume, design, operational considerations, purpose, etc.). The goal here is to pull out commonalities to begin to normalize the practice.
1400 - 1410 Break Out Session logistics Katie Brutsche
1410 - 1540 Break Out Sessions

* What are the concerns and questions you are fielding on nearshore placement projects and what are paths forward to addressing those concerns? In your breakout groups, please discuss each of the following topics and list potential challenges associated with nearshore placement and paths forward to addressing those challenges: Physical/Engineering (i.e. placement design), Ecological, Operational, (i.e. construction methods), Stakeholder Concerns/Expectations
1600 - 1700 Group Discussion of Break Out Groups

* Prioritize needs and summarize common themes
1700 - 1730 Wrap Up Katie Brutsche

1830 - Group Dinner - Location TBD

Wednesday, 30 Jan

0800 - 0815 Coffee and Seating
0815 - 0830 Review plan for Day 2, Overnight thoughts Brutsche/McFall
Group Discussions
0830 - 0930 Discussion: Metrics for Success

* What are the metrics that define a successful project from the standpoint of the stakeholders and resource agencies?
0930 - 1030 Discussion: Quantification of Benefits

* How do we quantify added benefits of placement of sediment in the nearshore?
1040 - 1140 Statements of Need, Research Priorities, Summary

* Prioritize research needsin nearshore placement. Create Statements of need based on prioritization and identify POCs
1140 - 1200 Wrap Up Katie Brutsche

Please email Katie Brutsché at
if you have questions and/or are interested in attending!

Katherine E. Brutsché, PhD
Program Manager, National Regional Sediment Management
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

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