A framework to estimate the cost to repair and replace Great Lakes port, harbor and marina infrastructure.
Great Lakes Port, Harbor, and Marina Infrastructure and Dredging Cost Evaluation Matrix Tool
This tool provides a framework for non-technical users to estimate the cost to repair and replace Great Lakes port, harbor and marina infrastructure as well as to dredge harbors committed to commercial and recreational navigation. The cost estimates calculated with this tool can help understand the value of the existing infrastructure and anticipate potential future costs that may be required to maintain a functioning facility. This proactive planning can enhance the resilience of a port, harbor or marina to adapt to, withstand and bounce back from the impacts of Great Lakes coastal hazards.
Note: Costs in this tool were gathered in late 2020 and represent a snapshot in time. For updated costs, please contact a qualified marine contractor or engineer.
Watch a video introducing the tool here
Watch a demonstration of how to use the tool here
What is in the tool?
This tool is comprised of two main components, along with a case study example to illustrate its use. The download link above contains a PDF describing the tool with instructions on the tool’s use and three spreadsheets for calculating costs.
Part 1: Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Cost Matrix
Cost estimates (per linear foot of structure) for repair/rehabilitation and total replacement of 13 entrance and 15 interior structures typically found at Great Lakes ports, harbors and marinas.
Cost_Evaluation_Tool.xlsx spreadsheet has been prepared to automatically calculate final costs from infrastructure section lengths and water depths
Part 2: Dredging Cost Database
Dredging cost estimates (per cubic yard) based on actual contracts awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 2010-2020. Cost estimates are classified by location within the Great Lakes, facility type, dredging project size, and dredging technique used.
Dredging_Data.xlsx spreadsheet contains dredging cost estimates to find similar
Case Study Example: Port Washington Harbor
A written description of the implementation of the tool to at the recreational harbor facilities of Port Washington.
Port_Washington_Case_Study.xlsx spreadsheet contains final infrastructure cost calculations
Appendix A: Glossary – Describes the infrastructure types used in this tool
Appendix B: Cost Estimate Sources – Documents how cost estimate numbers were obtained
Appendix C: Other Port Harbor and Marina Resources – A list of other resources that may be of use to Great Lakes ports, harbors and marinas looking to enhance their resilience
- Great Lakes Port and Harbor Infrastructure and Dredging Cost Evaluation Matrix – A matrix model to estimate the cost of building and maintaining structures at large ports in the Great Lakes
- Failing Coastal Wood Infrastructure on the Great Lakes – Fact sheet on timber structure failure mechanisms and potential solutions
- Best Practice Inspection Guidelines for Great Lakes Port, Harbor and Marina Structures – Fact sheet with inspection guidelines to prevent structure deterioration
- Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies for Great Lakes Ports, Harbors and Marinas – Fact sheet on potential future Great Lakes water levels and their possible impacts to waterfront facilities
- Wisconsin Clean Marina Best Management Practices – Guidebook that describes regulations and practices that address marine facilities and nonpoint sources of pollution