& Hotel Beach Development
Resorts/Hotels, water front and costal developments need to
be protected from continuous and random wave action.
Structures such as rubble-mound breakwaters, dikes,
revetments, groynes, caissons, seawalls and artificial reefs
are frequently used in our work.
actively engaged in the studies of wave-structure-bathymetry
interaction; i.e. interactions between the wave environment,
the protection structures and the mobile sea bottom. These
studies include the assessment of wave loading resulting
from regular waves, irregular waves and extreme weaves,
influence of coastal structures on the wave environment,
sediment stability in the vicinity of the structure and the
integrity of the protection structures when subjected to
involved collaborative studies and consultancy projects
throughout the world.
Estate Values & Coastal Erosion
Many industries are adversely
affected by coastal erosion. Commercial fishing suffers when
wetlands and near shore areas decline because critical
juvenile habitat is lost. Coastal tourism in general suffer
for obvious reasons.
After record losses during the
1995/96 and 1998-hurrican season, the insurance industry has
dramatically increased insurance rates. Banks in some cases
are bulking at extending long term mortgages to threatened
areas. In some cases they are not funding any loans for
improvements or expansion until some type of long0term
solution is put in place.
Several studies have been done
comparing the value of coastal real estate fronted by a
sandy beach versus comparable property fronted only by a
seawall or revetment.
Properties with a sandy beach
are vaulted about 50 percent higher!