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Mat Sinking Unit Supply Study: Mississippi River Revetment

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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The Mississippi Valley Division MVD has maintained the Mississippi River banks for over 80 years. The Mat Sinking Unit MSU, built in 1946, was considered state-of-the-art at the time. This system is still in operation today and has placed over 1,000 miles of Articulated Concrete Mats along the Mississippi River from Head of Passes, LA, to Cairo, IL. A new MSU has been designed and is expected to be fully mission capable and operational by the 2023 season, which is expected to increase the productivity from 2,000 squaresday up to 8,000 squaresday with double shifts and optimal conditions. This MSU supply study identifies and optimizes the supply chain logistics for increased production rates from the mat fields to the MSU. The production rates investigated for this effort are 2,000 squaresday, 4,000 squaresday, and 6,000 squaresday. RiskyProject software, which utilizes a Monte Carlo method to determine a range of durations, manpower, and supplies based on logical sequencing is used for this study. The study identifies several potential supply and demand issues with the increased daily production rates. Distance to casting fields, number of barges, and square availability are the major issues to supply increased placement rates identified by this study.


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  • Marine Engineering
  • Construction Equipment, Materials and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]