Marine Environments: Waves of Complexity
Structures in marine environments present unique challenges and opportunities. The imposition of a permanent fixture such as a wharf or pier into an inherently fluid body creates an ongoing tension between certainty and change.
There is inherent value in being close to a marine environment. In many coastal cities real estate close or adjacent to the ocean is the most valuable property.
Our engineers look at ways to reinforce aging infrastructure that fronts harbors and waterfronts in coastal cities. These structures often don’t confirm to typical standards intended for more traditional structures – like buildings! Through performance-based engineering we analyze the capacity of existing structures and identify the most appropriate and economical way to meet the required performance criteria.
Marine Environments and Sea Level Rise
Changes in the natural environment come through traditional means such as tidal action and newer phenomena such as sea level rise (SLR). SLR will have many public policy and planning ramifications in coastal cities over the coming years. In cities such as San Francisco the local governments are taking the lead in developing broad strategies and tactics to mitigate potential impacts. In other regions the effects of these changes will be experienced one property at time.
Working with the sustainable natural resource of wood we are improving our carbon impact.