During Hurricane Ida, the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West, operated the Westbank Closure Complex near pumping capacity and was interested to know whether or not scour had formed on the outfall and suction side of the pump station. Forte and Tablada was able to mobilize to the site within three days of Hurricane Ida’s passing. Utilizing a shallow draft vessel equipped with advanced Multi-Beam sonar equipment, Forte and Tablada was able to perform a comprehensive survey extended bank-to-bank of the station and beyond the protection fenders for a global depiction of scour. Scour results were presented in a color ramped elevation map, as well as imagery showing the presence of debris on a in intake screen.
Belle Chasse, LA