The Coastal Engineering and Geology Group (CEGG) within the Engineering, Hydrology and Geology (EHG) Program provides technical expertise and assistance to the beach erosion control and regulatory programs of the Division 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 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 reviews 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.
Critical Erosion Areas
Monitoring beach and dune conditions, and reporting erosion areas in Critically Eroded Beaches In Florida, is an integral part of the division's beach erosion control program responsibilities.
This inventory of sand sources provides information for coastal engineers and geologists, project managers and the public to assess and identify potential offshore sand resources that are suitable for beach nourishment projects. ROSSI, an online information management system, can be searched through an online query builder, as well as with ArcIMS Geographic Information System mapping tools. The project has incorporated geological and geotechnical data for the Florida offshore continental shelf. The primary area of interest is within 10 miles of the shoreline. Data and information from farther offshore that assists in understanding or predicting potential sand resources within the area of primary interest is also included in the database.
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 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 Critically Eroded Beaches 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 inlet and beach management activities, and assists with the preparation of inlet management plans for adoption by the department.
Peter Bacopoulos, Ph.D., P.E., Coastal Engineer – Responsible for conducting storm tide studies and storm erosion model calibration studies, and preparing reports for use by the division staff and consulting coastal engineers. Provides consultation and assistance with analytical procedures, methodologies, models and computer programs for coastal engineering analyses. Assists with the review of inlet and beach management activities.
Jennifer Steele, Ph.D., P.G., Coastal Geologist – Responsible for conducting geologic reviews and analyses of proposed inlet and beach management activities. Acts as project manager supervising offshore sand search investigations and overseeing the development and maintenance of the Regional Offshore Sand Source Inventory.
Michael Manausa, M.S.C.S., Coastal Engineering Specialist – Responsible for historical shoreline change analysis and 30-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.
Zachary Westfall, M.S., Coastal Geologist - Responsible for assisting the division's beach and inlet management staff and regulatory programs with geologic reviews and analysis. Assists with the preparation of inlet management plans for adoption by the department.
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