Inside the CPCX


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CPCX is located at the Institute for Water Resources in Alexandria, Virginia.

Collaboration Technologies

USACE projects and programs have benefitted from a tradition of investment in innovation that has established the agency as a leader in collaborative processes. CPCX researches, tests, and deploys new and enhanced ideas, processes, tools, and techniques for collaborative processes. CPCX explores the latest technologies that enable collaboration for both in-person and virtual activities. Such examples include the All Partners Access Network designed by the Defense Information Systems Agency to enable DOD stakeholders to work together online, or Crowdsource Reporter designed to enable public and stakeholder comments to be collected virtually on a website featuring maps of a project site.

Collaborative Technologies Query Tool

Collaboration Query ToolAvailable on the internal USACE virtual collaboration wiki, the Corps-only Query Tool helps USACE team members determine the best technologies for meeting their project virtual collaboration needs. The tool assesses over 15 technologies that allow teams​ to complete a variety of tasks together online, such as real-time video/ conference call conversations, ​​​​screen sharing, forums, collaborative editing of documents, and file sharing. 


Examples of Crowdsource Reporter

Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir Master Plan Update (Corps only link)

USACE Pittsburgh District used Crowdsource Reporter to collect ideas, questions, and concerns from the public before starting the process of updating the Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir Master Plan. The tool enabled members of the public to comment to submit location-based comments on the map interface relating to the environmental, recreational, cultural, historical, safety, and emergency resource management of the reservoir. Stakeholder comments related to:

  • Regional needs the Master Plan should take into consideration
  • Potential threats that need to be addressed in the Master Plan
  • Opportunities for the Kinzua Dam & Allegheny Reservoir area
  • Information relevant to the update of the Master Plan
  • Areas or resources needing to be protected for their environmental, cultural, or archeological significance
  • Best Management Practices that should be considered for managing the project and its resources

Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir Master Plan Crowd Source website screenshot

Stakeholder comments helped shape the update of the reservoir’s master plan, ensuring the management of the reservoir and surrounding land are in line with local needs and interests.