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Houma Navigation Canal Lock Complex (TE-113) Study, Louisiana: Houma Navigation Canal Ship Simulation Results

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Technical Report

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ERDC/CHL Vicksburg United States

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Simulator STS to perform a navigation study to assist APTIM Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc. This project was used to help with the evaluation of a channel modification alternative for barge traffic transiting the Houma Navigation Canal HNC Lock Complex TE-113 near Dulac, Louisiana. The study considered the impacts to navigation associated with the addition of a lock structure adjacent to the existing floodwalls and 250-foot swing gate flood control structure The Bubba Dove flood gate on the HNC. The CHL STS is a real-time simulator, which means there is not a time scale and events on the simulator happen at the same rate as real life. A variety of environmental forces act upon the ship during the simulation transit e.g., currents, wind, waves, bathymetry, and ship-to-ship interaction. Ship simulation testing of the project was conducted at CHL over a 2-week period from January through February 2019. The simulations involved a 1,200-horsepower towboat with a 6-pack barge configuration in loaded and ballast conditions. Results in the form of track plots and pilot questionnaires were reviewed to develop final conclusions and recommendations.

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  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Civil Engineering

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