Engineering, Hydrology and Geology
The Engineering, Hydrology and Geology Program provides technical expertise and assistance to the beach erosion control and regulatory programs of
Water Resource Management. Technical expertise is provided in coastal hydrodynamics, sediment processes, and geology, and the related principles and practices of coastal engineering and geotechnical analysis.
The Engineering, Hydrology and Geology staff provides technical support for Florida’s beach erosion control program through evaluations of coastal conditions, including historical shoreline changes and storm impact assessments, through evaluations of proposed beach and inlet management activities, and through analysis of project monitoring data. The coastal engineering staff supports the
Water Resource Management's environmental regulatory programs by conducting engineering and geotechnical analysis of proposed activities.
Staff conducts or manages applied research initiatives and other program development projects that provide technical guidance for
Water Resource Management policies regarding engineering and environmental design issues facing the beach management program in Florida. The staff develops shoreline, inlet and project monitoring guidelines and methodologies. It organizes, inventories and provides shoreline change information with associated documentation. It provides consultation and assistance with analytical procedures, methodologies, models and computer programs for coastal engineering analysis purposes.
monitoring and reporting critical and noncritical erosion
areas of Florida's shoreline is an integral part of the
Coastal Engineering Program's responsibilities.
a copy of the report and information pertaining to the length of sandy coastline...
Regional Offshore Sand Source Inventory (ROSSI)
This project is designed to provide a comprehensive tool for coastal
engineers, project managers, and regulators that allows the
identification and assessment of potential offshore sand resources that
are suitable for beach nourishment projects. The tool consists of a
corporate database that can be addressed, searched and manipulated
through an online query builder as well as with existing ArcIMS
Geographic Information System (GIS) routines that provide access over
the Internet (Web).
Offshore Sand Source Inventory
The project has incorporated geological and geotechnical data for the
Florida offshore continental shelf. The primary area of interest is to
be within 10 miles of the shoreline. Data and information from further
offshore that assists in understanding or predicting potential sand
resources within the area of primary interest will also be included in
Coastal Engineering Staff Responsibilities
Robert Brantly, P.E., Program Administrator -
Responsible for providing oversight and management of the
Program in performing engineering support activities for beach management and regulatory staff, reviewing and providing specific engineering responses for project scope of work related documents and permit related documents, beach and inlet management strategies, applied research and program development. Oversees work activities and staff in reviewing and updating statewide designated areas of critical erosion, participation in special studies and contract work, and in post-storm inspection and assessment work.
Ralph Clark, P.E., Coastal Engineer – Responsible for preparing Critical Erosion Reports and the lead engineer in conducting post-storm inspection and preparing storm impact assessments. Provides consultation and quality assurance oversight as the
Program's senior coastal engineer to both the staff and outside consultants on scientific and engineering issues. Conducts engineering analysis of proposed inlet and beach management activities. Assists
Beaches and Coastal Systems programs regarding applied research and program development efforts.
Wang, Ph.D., Coastal Engineer – Responsible for providing consultation and assistance to the
Water Resource Management and other contractors regarding analytical procedures, methodologies, models and computer programs for coastal engineering analysis purposes. Conducts engineering analysis of proposed inlet and beach management activities. Assists
Beaches and Coastal Systems programs regarding applied research and program development efforts undertaken by or for the
Beaches and Coastal Systems (BCS).
Coastal Engineer - Responsible for providing consultation
and assistance to Water Resource Management and other contractors regarding analytical procedures, methodologies, models and computer programs for coastal engineering analysis purposes. Conducts engineering analysis of proposed inlet and beach management activities. Assists the
Beaches and Coastal Systems programs regarding applied research and program development efforts undertaken by or for
Jennifer Steele, Ph.D., P.G., Coastal Geologist – Responsible for conducting engineering analysis of proposed inlet and beach management activities under the supervision the program administrator or senior coastal engineer. Supports the staff with technical and administrative assistance.
Michael Manausa, Coastal-Civil Engineer
– Responsible for historical shoreline change analysis and
thirty-year erosion projections, storm erosion model studies
and slope stability analysis, and other reviews and analyses
in support of the Coastal Construction Control Line Program.