Big River, Big Model

by Robert L. Reid, Senior Editor, Features Manager; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2018, Vol. 88, Issue 10, Pg. 54-61


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: In an era of digital models, Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and Louisiana State University still see the value and importance of physical modeling. They have demonstrated that commitment through the construction and operation of a giant scale model of the Lower Mississippi River that is being used to study sediment transport in the river and test plans for diverting sediment to restore lost land areas. The physical model is also considered a great hands-on research and teaching tool for civil engineering students, scientists, legislators, policy makers, and even the general public.

Subject Headings: Physical models | Scale models | Ecological restoration | Hydrologic models | Rivers and streams | Sediment transport | Colleges and universities | Construction management | Mississippi River

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