U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uses Palisade Software and Custom Development for Tough Engineering Challenges
- Industry: Environment, Government, Project Management
- Product(s): Custom Development, @RISK
- Application: Product Development Decisions
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) divisions use @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite for dam and levee safety, asset management, cost estimation, construction, SMART Planning, regulatory functions, program management, project management, and more.
USACE divisions across the country use @RISK, the DecisionTools Suite, and Palisade Custom Development for taking on some of the nation's toughest engineering challenges.
USACE Provides Engineering Solutions for the U.S's Toughest Challenges
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is comprised of over 37,000 dedicated civilians and military personnel who deliver engineering services across 130 countries worldwide. With environmental stability as a guiding principle, the Corps is involved in projects as diverse as construction, natural resource management, energy and sustainability, capacity building, and more.
Many USACE division are already using @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite for engineering projects, including the Institute for Water Resources (IWR), the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC), the Risk Management Center (RMC), and USACE divisions in Buffalo, Great Lakes and Ohio River, Hanover, Huntington, Kansas City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Walla Walla. See the Greenup Locks and Dam case study for one example.
Several of the successful applications involve Palisade Custom Development partnering with USACE engineers to build custom software solutions.
Custom Development Project: Standardized Safety through Simulation
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers turned to Palisade Consulting to help incorporate an uncertainty element into dam and levee safety models. Palisade consultants built a tailored @RISK-based application that determines the exposure of each project to loss of life, damage, and structure fragility. The Excel-based model uses @RISK’s Monte Carlo simulation to probabilistically assess potential risk areas.
Stepping Up with Custom Development
With the safety models in place, USACE project leaders also wanted an efficient way to ensure all their engineers could implement Monte Carlo simulation into any new project analysis. Palisade Custom Development added a tailor-made interface to the model, allowing engineers throughout the agency to quickly and easily create models, simulations, and reports in an automated, standardized manner. The solution is used today by USACE for all new dam and levee projects.
Resources you might find interesting:
- Choosing a Probability Distribution Charles Yoe, Notre Dame of Maryland University
- Development of Custom Event Tree and Fault Tree Applications for Use in the Risk Assessment of Civil Works Infrastructure, Robert C. Patev, USACE
- Introduction to Engineering Reliability, Robert C. Patev, USACE
- USACE/Greenup Locks and Dam – Engineering Risk & Reliability Analysis using @RISK, Chirag Mehta, Black & Veatch and Perry Cole, A & D Engineering
- Greenup Locks and Dam Case Study
- Palisade brochure
- Palisade Custom Solutions brochure, with USACE case study
- @RISK for Project Management brochure