Waterfront Engineering

R&M provides planning, design, permitting, and bid and construction support services related to waterfront facilities for ports and harbors throughout Alaska. Alaska’s waterfront facilities are unique in that designs must consider the often remote locations, unique geologic conditions, seismicity, extreme tidal ranges and cold, harsh climate. Considerations may include robust, simple or low-maintenance facilities; design considerations for snow and ice loads, icing surfaces or ice buildup/bonding; consideration for snow removal activities; cold temperature effects on utility design and seasonal versus year-round utility services. R&M’s experience includes a variety of marine project types: docks/wharfs/bulkheads/piers, vessel moorage floats, barge landing facilities, breakwaters, boat launch ramps, fender systems, wave analysis and shoreline erosion protection, dredging, sediment transport, facility condition inspections and renovation/maintenance projects, and port and harbor master plans.

Group Manager - Waterfront Engineering

John Daley, PE


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John has more than 27 years of experience in waterfront and coastal engineering design, construction and inspection. His work has included a wide variety of coastal, arctic and waterfront engineering projects, including breakwaters, harbors, float systems, various types of docks and wharves (sheet pile bulkheads, pile supported docks, fender systems, floating docks), bridges, flood control projects, erosion control projects, and bridge, dock and harbor inspections. John holds a M.S. and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an A.S. in Diving Technology from Highline Community College. He is involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers – Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute and National Association of Corrosion Engineers. John is also a certified commercial diver and National Highway Institute Bridge Inspector.

The existing Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC) basin is exposed to the Gulf of Alaska and is insufficiently protected from storm waves and long period swell, resulting to damage to existing facilities and potentially unsafe operations. R&M completed a condition/repair assessment, coastal/wave modeling, and preliminary design and public involvement to achieve a preferred alternative for a new breakwater and an expanded basin with new dock and float facilities that will support large scale commercial fishing vessel and barge operations. We are currently completing geotechnical investigations, sediment characterization for dredging, and permitting that will allow our team to prioritize, design and construct the facilities in multiple phases of work.
This project will replace D-Float and provide 58 new slips for 40’ long vessels. In addition to the main and stall floats, the project will replace the approach trestle, 80’ gangway ramp, potable water, dry standpipe fire suppression, shore power and lighting systems. The new floats utilize an innovative and cost-effective design using timber frame and deck with polyethylene flotation tubs that keep the timber out of the water. The floats will be equipped with seasonal potable water, dry standpipe fire suppression, shore power and lighting.
R&M has held this contract continuously over since 1989. Over this period, our dedicated team has performed well over 150 separate work tasks for the Port, including annual inspections, NPDES permitting support, pile repairs, boat ramp repairs, environmental assessments, security upgrades, dock retrofits, POL repairs, fender upgrades, building roof replacements, replat studies, water line replacements, master plan support, etc. This contract provides the Port with direct access to R&M’s multi-discipline engineering support for ongoing maintenance and planning needs.