Beach Morphology Analysis Package (BMAP)

by Barry G. Sommerfeld, Coastal Engineering Res. Cent, Vicksburg, United States,
John M. Mason, Coastal Engineering Res. Cent, Vicksburg, United States,
Magnus Larson, Coastal Engineering Res. Cent, Vicksburg, United States,
Nicholas C. Kraus, Coastal Engineering Res. Cent, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Beach Nourishment Engineering and Management Considerations


This paper describes a newly developed personal computer software analysis package called BMAP, which stands for 'Beach Morphology Analysis Package.' The BMAP is an integrated set of beach profile analysis routines originally developed to automate and support mainframe and desk-top studies of beach profile change, storm-induced beach profile numerical simulation modeling, and beach-fill design. Because of the proven convenience and time savings of the routines often used as a group, the BMAP evolved as an integrated set of calculation, plotting, and input/output analysis procedures combined in a graphical interface with commercial-grade software reliability. Features include a full range of operating capabilities (creation, naming, deleting, etc., of files); calculation of cut and fill volume; calculation of bar properties; calculation of cross-shore sand transport; specification of synthetic profiles such as the equilibrium profile and modified (variable grain size) equilibrium profile, and least-square fitting of the equilibrium profile; alignment and vertical/horizontal translation of profiles; linear interpolation; on-screen color plots; and printed plots and reports of calculations. The paper describes selected features of BMAP through examples using beach profile survey data from the Ocean City, Maryland, beach-fill project.

Subject Headings: Beach profiles | Computer models | Coastal management | Computer software | Beach protection and nourishment | Numerical models | Fills | Maryland | United States

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