Coastal Engineering

What is Coastal Engineering?

Coastal engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerning the specific demands posed by constructing at or near the coast, as well as the development of the coast itself.

The hydrodynamic impact of especially waves, tides, storm surges and tsunamis and (often) the harsh environment of salt seawater are typical challenges for the coastal engineer – as are the morphodynamic changes of the coastal topography, caused both by the autonomous development of the system and man-made changes. The areas of interest in coastal engineering include the coasts of the oceans, seas, marginal seas, estuaries and big lakes.

ECE has years of experience and success in obtaining various NJDEP approvals. 

ECE specializes in obtaining NJDEP CAFRA Permits, Waterfront Development Permits, Tidelands Licenses & Grants.  CAFRA permits are required for single family residential project located on or near natural tidal waterways as well as other larger and more complex projects.  ECE can prepare the required plans, applications and support documents to obtain a CAFRA permit quickly and efficiently.  Our staff of engineers, surveyors, planners, certified floodplain managers and support staff allows ECE to submit applications swiftly to get you moving ahead quickly with your construction or reconstruction plans.

What is an elevation certificate, why would I need one?

An elevation certificate is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) form required by insurance agencies to asses a property for flood insurance premiums. FEMA has produced mapping, Flood Insurance Rate Maps that establishes the potential of flooding on property. The elevation certificate reports elevations, based on NAVD 1988 datum, for specific features of a structure for comparison with the FEMA established base flood elevation. 

ECE also specializes in Soundings / Bathymetric Surveys

For more information please contact Jason Marciano PE, PP, CME, CFM