Experience with Beach Fill Equilibration and Recommended Design Guidelines

by Erik J. Olsen, Olsen Associates, Inc, Jacksonville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


Well documented engineering procedures suitable for determining design berm dimensions subsequent to profile equilibration appear to be lacking. Failure to properly account for cross-shore adjustment of beach fill can compromise the design intent of a nourishment project and result in reduced project longevity. This paper seeks to discuss potential shortcomings in current design practice regarding the proper level of consideration given to this important design parameter. The paper makes recommendations based upon both observation and experience.

Subject Headings: Beaches | Fills | Berms | Parameters (statistics) | Sea water | Water flow | Beach nourishment | Shores

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