ATM’s extensive working knowledge of coastal environments and practical marina engineering experience gives us an exceptional understanding of the site-specific needs of coastal structures and their effect on natural systems. We use the most advanced analytical and numerical engineering tools for engineering analyses that conforms to the highest standards.
“Engineering” includes the studies done prior to, and during, the “Design” process. We utilize our engineering skills to analyze many elements of waterfront development. Siting a facility sounds straightforward yet involves many considerations. Is the site exposed to significant wave energy during storms? Is the site susceptible to sedimentation which could require expensive initial or maintenance dredging? Are there natural resources which could be impacted that would make the regulatory approval process difficult? If these concerns exist, can they be mitigated or lessened during the design process?
For example, we perform wind/wave analyses to inform facility siting and determine protection needs. If it is determined that wave energy will negatively affect operations, we explore the feasibility of a fixed or floating breakwater. While strong currents may help in reducing sedimentation, they may impact navigational safety and require structural enhancements. We forecast water level extremes to inform bulkhead designs, pile heights, mooring design and to set building floor elevations. Our in-house numerical modeling capabilities of coastal processes, hydraulics, and water quality allow us to optimize the design process.
We seek solutions by identifying, understanding, and interpreting the constraints on a design to produce a successful result.
ATM’s marina and waterfront engineering services include the following:
- Wind/wave studies
- Wake, Tide and Current Studies
- Wave Loading
- Water Level Studies (Sea Level Rise, Storm Surge, etc.)
- Sedimentation Analyses
- Exposure Investigations
- Basin/Harbor Oscillation