The PCXIN relies upon a system planning approach. The work efforts reflect this LRD navigation planning philosophy on a number of levels. On a technical level, one of the fundamental precepts of our approach is that all project investments are evaluated using a common system database and set of computer models. This is the only means of ensuring consistency in the measurement of navigation benefits and system impacts. On an operational or management level, this approach recognizes that the full resources of the Great Lakes and Ohio River division need to be brought to bear on challenges as great as those we face in providing reliable, modern waterway transportation to our region. This assists the PCXIN in maintaining essential tools and an experienced professional staff, but also allows us to support, develop and utilize navigation planners Division-wide. And finally, on a strategic level, this approach also recognizes that the economies of the Great Lakes and Oiho River basins are part of a larger regional economy rooted to our waterways - founded on agriculture, mining and manufacturing - and linked by an efficient water and land-based bulk transportation system.
The Center has participated in numerous studies involving proposed new waterways, navigation project modifications, navigation project replacements and deep-draft ports. A list of navigation studies and sample synopses performed by LRD are provided at Navigation Studies.