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CIRP December 2010 eNewsletter

Issue 24, December 2010

In this Newsletter:

Beta Release of the Surface-water Modeling System (SMS) Version 11.0

The beta release of SMS 11.0 is scheduled for this month. The Coastal Modeling Systems (CMS) interface will include improved user-friendly model controls, and the option to use a quadtree (irregular) grid. The interface houses an improved beta version of CMS v4.0. The new inline CMS has more efficient coupling between CMS-Wave and CMS-Flow, a surface roller model, nonlinear wave-wave interactions, non-uniform sediment transport, improved parallelization on PCs, and several new advanced options. The latest beta release of CMS v4.0 can be obtained from

POC: Alejandro Sanchez,

Upcoming GenCade Release and New Wiki

The release will coincide with the 12th Annual CIRP Workshop in February 2011 (see next item). The GenCade session of the workshop will include presentations and a hands-on example. This workshop will be the first introduction of GenCade to the general public. Presently, a beta version of GenCade is available through the POC below. A beta version of SMS 11.0 is needed to run GenCade. Additionally, a GenCade section has been added to the CIRP Wiki ( This section includes a step by step user’s guide, a simple example, and other important information that should help introduce a new user to GenCade. POC: Ashley Frey,

Second Notice: CIRP-FSBPA Annual Workshop in Sunny Jacksonville, FL, 7-9 Feb 2011

Registration is available! Please join us for the 12th Annual CIRP workshop, 7-9 February 2011, prior to the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association (FSBPA) Conference at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront, Jacksonville, FL. The CIRP workshop will cover recent advances in inlet and adjacent beach predictive technology, including the regional shoreline and inlet evolution model, GenCade; the Regional Morphology Analysis Package (RMAP) for analyzing regional data sets; a review of methods to assess the influence of inlets along adjacent beaches (Section 111 procedure review); and Practical Guidance for applying the Coastal Modeling System (CMS) discussing how to calibrate and validate a project application. Sessions will feature hands-on examples with models and tools. Two optional evening sessions are planned: (1) the Coastal Modeling System for Advanced Users (Monday evening and optional Tuesday break-out session); and (2) for Corps personnel only, the Channel Portfolio Tool (CPT) and the Coastal Structures Management Analysis and Ranking Tool (CSMART) (Tuesday evening).

POC: Julie Rosati,

Eight CIRP-related Papers to appear in the Proceedings, Coastal Sediments 2011

The Coastal Sediments 2011 Conference is being organized with support from CIRP and will be held in Miami, Florida, 3-5 May 2011. Four short courses are being offered on Monday, 2 May, and post-conference field trips will be given on Friday, 5 May. You are invited to attend any or part of the conference week! CIRP has also sponsored research that is documented in 8 papers submitted to CS11. Proceedings will be available in both printed and digital forms from 11 May. We hope to see you at CS11!

POC: Julie Rosati,

MS in Coastal Engineering through Distance Learning

The graduate-level course CEE 582 Introduction to Coastal Engineering is offered over the Internet this coming Spring 2011 semester at Old Dominion University (ODU) Norfolk, VA, USA. Classroom lectures may be viewed in (1) synchronous, real-time mode (visual streaming) beginning Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 at 7:10 pm Eastern time or (2) asynchronous mode at anytime convenient at your location. All lectures are stored in the digital archives for viewing over the Internet by all students at any time that semester. The text is "Introduction to Coastal Engineering and Management," Kamphuis, 2010 (2nd Edition) World Scientific. The 15-week semester ends May 4, 2011. Students may register as non-degree status meaning you do NOT need to formally apply and be accepted into the Graduate School at ODU to take this course. Complete registration details ( Course Registration Number, CRN for your location, costs, proctor information, etc.) can be found at the website for the Coastal Engineering Certificate Program (CECP) with direct link at Each of the four courses in the CECP is offered over a 2-year cycle and relatively independent. You may take one, two, or all four courses online. It is now possible to earn the Master of Science (MS) degree in Coastal Engineering at ODU from your present location. Complete details can be found in the "Online MS Degree" page on the website above. Enrollments have been large in recent courses, so register early if you want to take the CEE 582 Introduction to Coastal Engineering course this Spring 2011 semester. This is the ideal course to begin the CECP program. For further information please contact Dr. David Basco directly at if you have further questions after viewing the CECP website.

POC: Nick Kraus,

Nearshore Berm Research

The CIRP is partnering with the Regional Sediment Management (RSM) demonstration program to focus on a key RSM research area of nearshore berms. Placement of nearshore berms as a Beneficial Use of Dredged Material is an option for Operations & Management (O&M). These placements are typically less costly and easy to construct, but have not been studied in detail due to their local impact and O&M budget constraints. There exists a need to document and analyze berm placements. Performance of berms can be utilized by the Districts doing work in a similar region of study, as well as provide the background for guidance or a template for design. Unknowns in design of nearshore berms include depth, elevation, width, and volume of the berm in consideration of the grain size distribution and wave and current conditions. Results from these studies will provide guidance regarding nearshore berm design, longevity, performance in protecting the beach, and leading hydraulic and sedimentologic controls. CIRP and RSM have initiated this work in collaboration with the Jacksonville District and the Mobile District. One project is at Ft. Myers Beach, FL, and another is an upcoming dredging and placement at Pensacola Pass, FL.

POC: Tanya Beck,

Julie D. Rosati

Engineer Research & Development Center
3909 Halls Ferry Road, Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory
Vicksburg, MS 39180


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