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Title: Periodic inspection of Ofu Harbor Breakwater, American Samoa: armor unit monitoring for period 1996-2002
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Honolulu District
Bottin, Robert R.
Meyers, Daniel T.
Keywords: Aerial photography
Concrete armor units
Ofu Harbor, American Samoa
Periodic inspections
Remote sensing
Publisher: Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/CHL TR ; 03-1.
Description: Technical report
Selected coastal navigation structures are periodically monitored under the “Periodic Inspections” work unit of the Monitoring Completed Navigation Projects Program. Such monitoring is done to gain an understanding of the long-term structural response of unique structures to their environment. Periodic data sets are used to improve knowledge in design, construction, and maintenance of both existing and proposed coastal navigation projects. The Ofu Harbor breakwater, American Samoa, was nominated for periodic monitoring by the U.S. Army Engineer District, Honolulu. The positions of the above-water, concrete armor units (tribars) on the breakwater were initially obtained in 1996 through ground surveys, aerial photography, and photogrammetric analysis. The structure was revisited in 2002 to determine changes that had occurred. Results indicated negligible movement of the concrete armor units and no armor unit breakage. The site will again be revisited in the future and long-term structural response of the structure to its environment will continue to be tracked. This data will facilitate engineering decisions concerning whether or not closer surveillance and/or repair of the breakwater might be required to reduce its chance of failing catastrophically. The periodic inspection methods developed and validated for the Ofu Harbor breakwater may also be used to gain insight into other Corps structures.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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