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Software

IWR has software available for planning, economic and hydrologic engineering tasks. This software is based on complex modeling systems and is revised as the models become more refined. Although much of this software is Windows based, many programs can run on multiple platforms. Although most software is made available to the public whenever appropriate, technical support can only be provided to U.S. Army Corps of Engineer users.

 

Terms and Conditions for Use of IWR software can be found here.

 

Economic Software and Applications

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As part of its civil works mission, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of federally-authorized shore protection projects. To solve the complex problem of modeling and measuring the costs and benefits of protecting existing infrastructure against erosion, inundation and wave attack damages, researchers at the ERDC Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) and the US Army Engineer Institute for Water Resources (IWR) created Beach-fx. The model consists of a Monte-Carlo simulation that evaluates reach erosion, physical storm impacts and damages that occur from a storm passing a shore.  The goal of this project is to produce a tool to assist economists and engineers in coastal nourishment and rehabilitation studies.

For more information visit: http://hera.cdmsmith.com/beachfx/

For more information visit: http://www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/

The Container Model Suite of Tools (CMST) is a set of desktop programs and associated databases developed by IWR and designed to assist Corps planners and analysts working on port studies. The CMST is used to measures the economic effects of modifications to deep draft harbors as overall reductions in transit times and associated changes in total vessel operating costs.  The suite includes HarborSym, IWR Tide Tool, A-DAPP, W-DAPP and Loading Tools.

For more information visit: https://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Economics/Container-Model-Suite-of-Tools-CMST/

The IWR Planning Suite is a water resources investment decision support tool originally built for the formulation and evaluation of ecosystem restoration alternative plans; however, it is now more widely used by all USACE business lines for evaluation of actions involving monetary and non-monetary cost and benefits. 

For more information visit: https://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Economics/IWR-Planning-Suite/

The Civil Works Regional Economic System (RECONS) Program is a regional economic impact modeling tool that was developed to provide accurate and defendable estimates of regional economic impacts associated with USACE spending.  It can be utilized to track progress and justify continued operation, maintenance and construction work performed by the Corps.

For more information visit: https://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Economics/Regional-Economic-System-RECONS/

This software allows users to explore social vulnerability analysis.  Exposure to flooding and other hazards often fall disproportionately on the most vulnerable in our communities. 

For more information visit: https://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Social-Vulnerability-Index-Explorer/

Project Planning Software and Applications

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IWR routinely supports Headquarters in creating or revising economic-related guidance, publishing economic manuals, creating economic and decision support tools, and providing training to the USACE field staff.  IWR also is home to the USACE Chief Economist who leads the USACE Economics Sub-Community of Practice under the Planning Community of Practice.

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Technologies for simulating reservoirs and ecosystems are being developed and applied at SRP sites in concert with changes in operations and advances in scientific understanding. These tools allow scientists and water managers to better understand the tradeoffs between different uses of water and explore management scenarios that are not easily tested through implementation. SRP has also advanced water resources modeling through development of a new computer program to help define environmental flows. This program, named HEC-RPT, makes it easier for water managers and scientists to formulate different ways to manage rivers.

Computer programs allow scientists, engineers and stakeholders to evaluate potential water management scenarios. These tools help U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Nature Conservancy staff better understand and communicate tradeoffs between different water release plans.

For more information:

Visit https://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/sustainablerivers/software/

The Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC), an organization within the Institute for Water Resources, is the designated Center of Expertise for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the technical areas of surface and groundwater hydrology, river hydraulics and sediment transport, hydrologic statistics and risk analysis, reservoir system analysis, planning analysis, real-time water control management and a number of other closely associated technical subjects. HEC supports Corps field offices, headquarters, and laboratories by providing technical methods and guidance, water resources models and associated utilities, training and workshops, accomplishing research and development, and performing technical assistance and special projects. The products that are developed from these activities are for the Corps but are available to the public and may be freely downloaded from this web site.

For more information:

Visit https://www.hec.usace.army.mil/

The IWR Planning Suite is a water resources investment decision support tool originally built for the formulation and evaluation of ecosystem restoration alternative plans; however, it is now more widely used by all USACE business lines for evaluation of actions involving monetary and non-monetary cost and benefits.

For more information:

  • Visit https://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Economics/IWR-Planning-Suite 
  • Email DLL-CEIWR_IWR-PLAN@usace.army.mil

IWR-APT is an online application that integrates the USACE planning community subject matter expertise with a new online risk register, decision log, decision management plan, study issue checklist, and deliverables tool. 

  • Create, edit, analyze and manage studies
  • Find, follow, and learn!
  • “Latest and greatest” document guides; no fuss printing
  • “Just-in-time” help
  • Organized study resources; maintain read-aheads 
  • Encourages collaboration, transparency, accountability,
  • consistency, quality products, and sharing lessons learned.

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The Planning Community of Practice's Planner Database Tool records, organizes, and reports the knowledge, skills and abilities of USACE planners filtered by Sub-Community of Practice (Sub-CoP).  This is a hub for Corps Planners and those that work with them to:

  • Identify and find planners in each district and Planning Sub-CoP;
  • Gather Community statistics; record training and identify training needs;
  • Track Agency Technical Review (ATR) Certification and find ATR Certified Planners
  • Track Water Resources Certified Planners (WRCP)

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A mobile friendly digital library that contains pdfs, powerpoints, videos and more.   Search geospatially, by project, topic, type, etc.  Each district can elect a collection admin to manage their items.  

Top Features:

  • Point and click on map to find multi-media project resources
  • Districts manage their INTERNAL and EXTERNAL collections within entire library — any USACE users can recommend items, but only experts can approve
  • Efficient searching & effective results: high quality resources; search by Series, Business Areas, Audience & more
  • “Favorites” feature — NEVER lose track of your critical project resources again
  • Aligned and connected with USACE Digital Library

Collections:

  • Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX)
  • Ecosystem Restoration Model Library maintained by the Ecosystem Restoration Planning Center of Expertise (ECO-PCX)
  • Institute for Water Resources
    • Navigation and Civil Works Decision Support Center
    • Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC)
  • Jacksonville District Planning Branch
  • and more!

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SimSuite is a web-based, interactive, and customizable application built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Readiness Support Center (RSC) in order to provide relevant mission area information and data. It is currently available for USACE users at https://simsuite.usace.army.mil/SimSuite was originally created to support Emergency Management. However, it is now used across mission areas by planners, environmental specialists, engineers, and others. SimSuite provides an easy-to-use Geographical Information System (GIS) tool for team communication, planning, and basic analyses. The tool was designed in such a way that it does not require a formal background in GIS to use.

For more information:

  • Visit https://rsc.usace.army.mil/?q=SimSuite/About

This software allows users to perform social vulnerability analysis.  Social vulnerability analysis is conducted by overlaying spatial distribution of population characteristics with hazard areas, and tallying populations and subgroups at risk by their sources and relative vulnerabilities.  SOVI-X (Social Vulnerability Index-Explorer) is a graphical user Interface data extraction and formatting framework. An area’s social vulnerability is calculated from US Census Bureau demographic, socioeconomic, and housing unit data, and represents social vulnerability as a single numeric value provided to each census unit. The SoVI value for each census unit is a statistical measurement of its vulnerability in relationship to the average vulnerability of neighboring census units across a broader region (parent area), as expressed by a Z-Score.

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