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Title: Houma Navigation Canal Lock Complex (TE-113) study, Louisiana : Houma Navigation Canal ship simulation results
Authors: Sanchez, Mario J.
Martin, S. Keith
Johnston, Morgan M.
Keywords: Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
Houma (La.)
Inland navigation--Computer simulation
Locks (Hydraulic engineering)
Publisher: Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CHL TR-19-18
Abstract: In 2019, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), used its Ship-Tow Simulator (STS) to perform a navigation study to assist APTIM Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc. This project was used to help with the evaluation of a channel modification alternative for barge traffic transiting the Houma Navigation Canal (HNC) Lock Complex (TE-113) near Dulac, Louisiana. The study considered the impacts to navigation associated with the addition of a lock structure adjacent to the existing floodwalls and 250-foot swing gate flood control structure (The Bubba Dove flood gate) on the HNC. The CHL STS is a real-time simulator, which means there is not a time scale and events on the simulator happen at the same rate as real life. A variety of environmental forces act upon the ship during the simulation transit (e.g., currents, wind, waves, bathymetry, and ship-to-ship interaction). Ship simulation testing of the project was conducted at CHL over a 2-week period from January through February 2019. The simulations involved a 1,200-horsepower towboat with a 6-pack barge configuration in loaded and ballast conditions. Results in the form of track plots and pilot questionnaires were reviewed to develop final conclusions and recommendations.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CHL TR-19-18
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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