Our Work

Little Bay Coastal Marsh Creation & Protection Project


Bayou LaBatre, Alabama

The largest living shoreline project in Alabama history was constructed in 2010 and has won numerous awards from engineering and conservation groups for its innovative design including:
  • 2011 Engineering Excellence Award – National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (note: this national award gala is called the "Academy Awards" of the engineering industry and the overall winner in 2011 was the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge)
  • 2011 First Place Award of Excellence – Carl V. Anderson Conservation Project Award (Association of Conservation Engineers)
  • 2011 Engineering Excellence Award – Grand Award (American Council of Engineering Companies of Alabama, ACEC-Alabama)
  • 2011 Gulf Guardian Award – 3rd place – Business Category (EPA Gulf of Mexico Program)
  • 2011 Project of the Year – Mobile Area Council of Engineers


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The Little Bay project created 30 acres of wetland on Mississippi Sound and protected another 1,000 acres of some of the most productive estuary in the nation. It includes breakwaters, sand and vegetation planting. South Coast Engineers provided the coastal engineering design with a unique, porous, offshore breakwater system to provide just enough wave attenuation for the growth of a Spartina alterniflora fringe wetland while also allowing maximum ingress and egress for finfish and shellfish with habitat for oysters. Original laboratory test results were used to optimize the design of the breakwater.

Storm Surge and Wave Modeling


Mobile County, Alabama

Hurricane storm surge and waves throughout Mobile County were modelled as part of a larger pilot study for the US DOT on the potential impacts of global climate change on transportation infrastructure. A numerical model (ADCIRC) was applied in combination with a wave model (STWAVE) with historic and synthetic storms wind fields.  This pioneering study established methodologies that will be used throughout the nation.


Headland Pocket Beach – Marriott's Grand Hotel and Resort


Point Clear, Alabama

A recreational amenity beach was designed for the resort along the shore of Mobile Bay using beach nourishment and headland breakwaters to permanently stabilize the shoreline. This project has survived design conditions in Hurricane Katrina. South Coast Engineers’ staff designed the coastal engineering aspects of this project including the overall concept and the structure and sand configuration.  The shoreline has adopted a permanent, equilibrium shape in response to the wave climate and the structure configuration which is very similar to the shoreline shape predicted during design.

Experimental Habitat Creation Projects on Dog River


Mobile, Alabama

Experimental habitat creation/restoration projects were designed for sites on an urban estuary with extreme boat wake issues. At this site a timber wave breakwater fence with sand nourishment and plantings established a now-thriving emergent wetland. This was a NOAA Community-Based Restoration funded project designed and constructed in collaboration with the Dog River Clearwater Revival grassroots citizen's group.

Dauphin Island Beach and Barrier Island Restoration Design


South Coast Engineers has provided coastal engineering and planning services to the Town of Dauphin Island for years and is the lead firm on the design of a major beach and barrier island restoration project.  We help the Town develop an overall plan to begin to address a chronic erosion problem, assisted in the response to the 2010 Gulf oil spill, and directed an extensive offshore sand search, beach and bathymetric surveys, project formulation, numerical modeling of wave and sand movements, and permits for over five miles of barrier island and beach restoration. 

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Hydrodynamic Modeling of Tides


Cedar Point, Mobile Bay, Alabama

Tidal currents throughout Mobile Bay and the eastern portion of Mississippi Sound were simulated with a state-of-the-art computer model to evaluate the potential impacts of a proposed headland pocket beach system, as part of a new county park, on the tidal flows on and around the most productive oyster reefs in Mobile Bay.  The computer model (ADCIRC) results were able to show that the proposed structures will not significantly influence the tidal flows at the oyster reefs.  South Coast Engineers has also designed the coastal engineering aspects of the proposed headland pocket beach system at this location to preserve the last remaining, public, sandy Bay beach in Mobile County