Morgan & Eklund, Inc (M&E), a Florida-based land and hydrographic survey firm, has released details of critical pre-and post-construction surveys for Eastman Aggregate Enterprises LLC, a contractor working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, together with the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, of the completed Miami Beach Hotspots Beach Renourishment Project.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak in Miami, the project resulted in over 250,000 cy of FDEP approved sand being introduced to the local beaches and graded to template design.
The survey work involved verifying horizontal and vertical control monuments and setting additional control points as required for RTK base stations. Additionally, field crews used construction staking for fill placement and pre-and post-fill cross sections to determine fill volumes. M&E’s team performed profiles for four beach segments, totaling 6,900 linear feet of coastline. Grade stakes were set for fill placement within the design template and elevation data was collected along cross-sections spaced at 100’ intervals before fill and immediately after fill to compute precise pay volumes.
“Carrying out nourishment operations on busy beaches comes with inherent risks but the team were able to deliver on time and budget,” according to Sean Kemnuir, projects manager at Eastman Aggregates Enterprises. “The crew from M&E were instrumental in ensuring that we were able to execute in a safe and timely fashion.”
Speaking of M&E’s involvement in the project, director Rob Collaro said: “There were some unique challenges on this job—one being the local spike in COVID-19 cases—but we were delighted to receive such praise from the Corps of Engineers as well as Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach.”