Megaproject Management

by John Foxworthy, Dredging and Landfill Proj. Mgr.; Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA,
Alan E. Alcorn, P.E., Assoc. Vice Pres.; Moffat and Nichol Engineers, Los Angeles, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2001, Vol. 71, Issue 12, Pg. 42-45

Document Type: Feature article


By the dredging and landfill project manager for the Port of Los Angeles and Alan E. Alcorn, P.E., an associate vice president of Moffat and Nichol Engineers in Los Angeles. The Pier 400 project involved dredging a total of 58 million cu yd (44 million m3) of material from San Pedro Bay to create a 595 acre (241 ha) pier and terminal facility capable of handling nearly 1 million containers within its first two years. While the contract documents addressed such marine issues as dike durability and dredge material placement, they also set forth several important environmental and operational requirements. Among these were the use of electric-powered, as opposed to combustion-powered, dredging equipment; compliance with stringent water quality criteria; protection of migratory birds and endangered bird species; the continuance of existing port operations; and liquidated damages for completing key project milestones. By addressing these concerns at the outset, the Port of Los Angeles minimized delays.

Subject Headings: Dredged materials | Project management | Ports and harbors | Water quality | Piers | Material durability | Electrical equipment

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