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Navigation Planning Center
US Army Corps of Engineers
502 8th Street
Huntington, WV 25705

Email: PCXIN@usace.army.mil
Phone: (304) 399-5635

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Navigation Studies

Inland Navigation Planning Center

What we do

The Center primarily focuses on economic evaluation and plan formulation, as well as engineering reliability analysis for navigation structures. The Center has participated in numerous studies involving proposed new waterways, navigation project modifications, navigation project replacements and deep-draft ports. 

The Center is also responsible for the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Program in the Great Lakes and Ohio River basins and for additional interdisciplinary studies and research. By relying on a common system database and an established set of computer models, the Center ensures consistency in evaluation. 

The Center offers a number services in which staff have substantial expertise and experience:

  • Market surveys
  • Resource evaluation
  • Economic forecasting
  • Rate analysis
  • Systems modeling
  • Lock utilization and capacity analysis
 
  • Risk and reliability analysis
  • Externalities of water transportation
  • Environmental impacts of tow traffic
  • Regional economic development (RED) models
  • Information sharing

 

Navigation support functions

  • Consults on costly, complex and controversial navigation studies.
  • Executes key analytical components of studies as directed by the Planning Chiefs Advisory Board for multi-region/national efforts.
  • Provides independent review support, to supplement the capabilities of the regional planning expertise centers.
  • Advises to USACE-HQ, the laboratories and other stakeholders on significant regional and nation-wide planning issues.
  • Establishes research and development priorities, coordinating the recommendations of the Planning Chiefs Advisory Board and with the established project lead for the mission area.
  • Provides for training opportunities.
  • Coordinates information sharing across the Corps by sponsoring workshops, training, professional development opportunities, and technology transfer.
  • Supports USACE-HQ staff in policy compliance review on projects where the Center has had no prior participation.
  • Assists operations and emergency preparedness activities in analyzing navigation problems and the impacts of alternative management decisions.
  • Provides advice, guidance and assistance regarding programming, systems analysis, and database management.
  • Conducts research regarding navigation system analysis including but not limited to economic considerations within the navigation mission.
  • Provides necessary input and assists in preparation of resource utilization and management reports and documents. Included are annual budget requests, manpower requirements, status reports, etc.
  • Provides advice and consultation services to other Corps of Districts and Divisions regarding navigation systems analysis

Peer Review Plans

Engineer Circular EC 1165-2-214, Civil Works Review Policy dated 31 January 2010. This Circular establishes an accountable, comprehensive, life-cycle review strategy for Civil Works products by providing a seamless process for review of all Civil Works projects from initial planning through design, construction, and Operation, Maintenance, Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation (OMRR&R). It provides the procedures for ensuring the quality and credibility of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) decision, plementation, and operations and maintenance documents and work products. This EC puts quality on equal footing with cost and schedule compliance. It presents a framework for establishing the appropriate level of independence of reviews as well as detailed requirements, including documentation and dissemination. This circular addresses OMB peer review requirements under the "Information Quality Act" and the Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review by the Office of Management and Budget (referred to as the "OMB Peer Review Bulletin"). It also provides guidance for the implementation of both Sections 2034 and 2035 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007 (Public Law (P.L.) 110-114).

Engineer Circular EC 1165-2-214, Review of Decision Documents, presents a framework for establishing the appropriate level and independence of review for decision documents covered by the circular as decided by the Review Plan, coordinated by the appropriate Center of Expertise and approved by the Major Subordinate Comnmander. The Review of Decision Documents circular provides guidance for the District Quality Control (DQC). The (DQC) is the review of the basic science and engineering work and may be conducted by the home district as long as the personnel are not involved in the study. The Review of Decision Documents circular also provides guidance for when independent external peer review is to be added to the Corps' existing Agency Technical Review (ATR) and legal and policy compliance review processes.

Review of Decision Documents is required for reports, on projects, which requires implementation authorization for Congress.