The waterfront engineering team at Coastal Systems International, Inc. has extensive experience evaluating existing marine
structures, including piers, wharves, bulkheads, marinas,
and coastal structures such as breakwaters and seawalls.
Above and below water investigations are conducted by
engineer-divers to assess the structural condition of
a typical facility. All types of materials, including
timber, concrete, steel and composite materials, have
been evaluated on past projects. Above/below water photographic
and videographic documentation are routinely provided.
Additional services include land/hydrographic surveying,
materials testing, and non-destructive testing.
The waterfront team has a keen understanding of the
deterioration of construction materials in the marine
environment. This experience allows the team to make
rehabilitation recommendations in terms of the remaining
service life of the structure for the most cost-effective
approach, thus avoiding costly and unnecessary repairs.
Options can be prepared for the facility owner to make
the appropriate business decision on whether to fix
or replace a facility. In some cases, the “do-nothing”
approach may be the best approach for the economic life
of a facility. A structural analysis of the existing
facility to determine the safe loading capacity based
on the observed conditions can also be provided.
The waterfront engineering team can also provide rehabilitation/replacement
design, environmental assessment/permit processing,
and construction administration services for a complete
start-to-finish waterfront project.