Art Anderson Associates provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for Oak Management in the conversion of the ex-USNS CAPABLE (T-AGOS-16) to an ocean-going research vessel for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), dubbed the OKEANOS EXPLORER. The converted vessel was classed as an ice-strengthened Survey Vessel by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). It is the only US ship assigned to systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge.

Our initial tasking on this project was based on our extensive knowledge and expertise with the NOAA fleet. We prepared a detailed feasibility study of the ex-CAPABLE, working with NOAA to determine how the converted vessel would be outfitted and successfully fulfill its mission requirements. We were then tasked with follow-on work to provide the naval architecture and marine engineering services necessary to execute the conversion.

Our scope of work for the conversion included the engineering design and calculations for renovation of mission spaces, including new equipment foundations, lighting system modifications, electrical system modifications, new laboratory arrangements and fabrication of a new ROV control room console; design of new machinery foundations for the general purpose winch; fabrication and installation of a new J-Frame; electrical and piping modifications for the waste water holding tank; modifications to the ROV handling platform and track; and the addition of new scientific equipment to the main mast. Additional work involved naval architecture services to update post-conversion intact and damage stability data.

Art Anderson Associates provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for the conversion of the Ex-USNS AGATE PASS (YTT-12), a former torpedo test craft, into a NOAA research vessel. The converted vessel, now named the NANCY FOSTER, was outfitted to conduct coastal research along the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Our services were performed as a series of conversion tasks under our IDIQ contract with NOAA for naval architecture and marine engineering services. These tasks include engineering design for:

  • De-militarization of the ship by removing all torpedo systems, including ejection tanks, handling and firing equipment, void tanks, torpedo hold support structures and high-pressure compressed air system.
  • Installation of shell closure plate to close off torpedo tunnel openings, watertight bulkheads in the torpedo hold to create multi-use spaces, inclined ladder access and equipment access hatches to the new spaces.
  • Installation of new watertight flats to create a new stores space and exercise/MSD room.
  • Installation of a new watertight door and inclined ladder to create an auxiliary machinery room with a main deck enclosure structure.
  • Modification of bilge/ballast and fuel oil piping to convert ballast tanks to fuel oil storage.
  • Installation of a new 5.7 m SOLAS rescue boat, davit, and associated equipment
  • Installation of one new 25-foot survey launch, davit, and associated equipment
  • Installation of a new J-frame (SWL 5,000 pounds) with new Markey winches and other associated equipment.
  • Installation of a new A-frame (SWL 20,000 pounds) with a constant-tension winch and associated equipment
  • Installation of a new man-rated aft knuckle boom crane (SWL, at 40 foot reach, 10,000 pounds).
  • Replacement of main deck edge railings with a bulwark and installation of portable lifelines and deck edge rubber rub rail, except in way of A-frame and J-frame openings.
  • Installation of a new marine sanitation device and related sewage piping modifications.
  • Installation of a new walk-in refrigerator/freezer.
  • Installation of a new double-plate, spade rudder and new steering gear equipment.
  • Stability assessment, revision of damaged stability calculations and new trim and stability booklet.

NANCY FOSTER's mission includes the characterization of various habitats in NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries, pollution assessments and studies to improve understanding of the connection between marine habitats and estuaries. These missions support scientific data collection through bottom fish trawling, sediment sampling, side-scan sonar and multi-beam surveying, sub-bottom profiling, core sampling, diving with air and NITROX, ROV operations, and servicing oceanographic/atmospheric surface and subsurface buoys. The vessel employs state-of-the-art navigation and propulsion systems that result in high quality and efficient data collection.

AAA provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for upgrades to the Clackamas County ferry MJ LEE II, which carries motorists and pedestrians across the Willamette River near the town of Canby. AAA was the original designer of the ferry, which has a carrying capacity of nine automobiles and 49 passengers. As part of this original contract, AAA prepared a complete design package for the new vessel, as well as additional site modifications to accommodate it.

The scope of work for the propulsion overhaul project included a complete replacement of the electro-hydraulic z-drive system with a fully-electric system, modifications to hydraulic systems to use vegetable oil, installation of an air conditioning unit for the pilothouse, new mooring fittings and electrical system improvements. AAA prepared concept and preliminary designs, addressing propulsion machinery, arrangements, hydraulic and electrical systems, and fire main and bilge piping systems. Subsequently, AAA prepared the complete shipyard contract technical design package for the modifications, which included plans, specifications, cost and weight estimates, stability documents, and which incorporated USCG comments. During the bid and construction phase, AAA responded to technical inquiries, issued formal addenda, performed submittal reviews, conducted site visits, developed the deadweight survey plan and performed the deadweight analysis, and finalized stability documentation.

Art Anderson Associates provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for in the conversion of the ex-USNS INDOMITABLE (T-AGOS-7) into a multidisciplinary ocean-going research vessel. The converted vessel, now the MCARTHUR II, conducts oceanographic research and assessments, throughout the eastern Pacific, including the U.S. West Coast, Central and South America.

Our tasking included providing designs for this conversion to match that of the MCARTHUR II's sister ship, the HI'IALAKAI. Conversion work items included the installation of a new mission deck above the main deck aft; extension of the forecastle deck; installation of a new A-frame, J-frame, knuckle boom deck crane, oceanographic winch, central hydraulic system with a new hydraulic power unit, Miranda work boat davit, and new anti-roll dump tank; relocation of the existing hydrographic winch; removal of various structures, including the raised winch control station house, and equipment incidental to the installations.

To save cost and provide commonality, the fleet drawings from previous conversions of were modified, based on an extensive shipcheck, to suit the MCARTHUR II. In addition to drawing development, purchase specifications were prepared for the oceanographic winch, hydraulic power unit and Miranda davit. Throughout the project, close liaison was maintained with NOAA's technical personnel to ensure timely transfer of needed information and resolution of problems. By ensuring that all of NOAA's requests for this project were discussed and resolved at our corporate internal resource meetings, we were able to allocate the necessary resources and time without delay in either schedule or increase in fiscal charges.

Art Anderson Associates led the development of a business plan to provide high-speed passenger-only ferry service from Bellingham to Friday Harbor. The Whatcom Council of Governments, in partnership with the Port of Bellingham and the Port of Friday Harbor envision the ferry service as a critical commercial link between the two thriving communities. The plan builds on the results of a demonstration service, which operated in the winter months of 2005-2006.

The business plan encompassed all aspects of the prospective service, addressing its viability, operations and impact on the local economy. Art Anderson Associates utilized its proprietary FerryPro™ software to develop an operational model and pro-forma financial statements. Our ridership and financial analyses established the baseline for service scheduling, pricing and compensation for the contracted operator.

An economic impact model was developed by our subconsultant, the Western Washington University Small Business Development Center, and we examined the economic "ripple effect" of the infusion of new jobs and the resultant commerce from the new connection between the cities. We also analyzed the cost of alternative travel, both in financial (ticket and travel cost) and environmental terms (greenhouse gas emissions). The result of our efforts is a firm foundation on which a successful service can be further developed, built and operated.

Art Anderson Associates is partnered with Fairbanks-based Design Alaska to provide engineering services and program support for the establishment of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMPs) for three vessels in the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) fleet. Because AMHS operates ferries that cross international boundaries, new International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules necessitate the creation of these plans. The purpose of the plans is to establish a mechanism for the agency to improve the energy efficiency of a ship’s operation, and utilizes the four steps of planning, implementation, monitoring, and self-evaluation/improvement.

The scope of this effort began with a comprehensive review of the applicable IMO requirements and provide a clear understanding of how these requirements apply to AMHS vessels. Examples of existing fleet energy management programs, available analysis tools, and established SEEMP templates were evaluated to identify options for plan development. Following this information-gathering and analysis effort, draft SEEMPs will be developed.

The second phase of the project is the refinement of the SEEMPs based on underway and pierside vessel energy audits. These audits will be conducted by a small team utilizing appropriate data sheets and measurement tools, such as temperature and flow measurement devices, portable data loggers, and analysis of ship records. The energy audit results will be used to identify ship-specific measures for energy efficiency improvements, as well as broader recommendations to ensure the long-term success of the programs. Examples of measures under consideration include improved voyage planning and weather routing, speed optimization, trim and ballast optimization, hull maintenance, waste heat recovery, improved cargo handling, and use of alternative energy sources.

Our signature construction management project, Art Anderson Associates provided construction management support services for the new Federal Courthouse in Seattle, Washington. This $179M facility was completed in late 2004.

The 23-story, 615,000-square foot US Courthouse was urgently needed to provide a more efficient, expansive and secure facility for occupants of the aging and deteriorating Nakamura Federal Courthouse. The facility houses the US District Court's Western Division of Washington and includes thirteen District courtrooms, five bankruptcy courtrooms, twenty-two judicial chambers suites; offices for the District Clerk, Bankruptcy Clerk, United States Attorney, US Marshals and other court-related agencies.

Art Anderson Associates' services began as a non-voting member during the contractor best value selection process. Throughout the project, we provided the US General Services Administration, Region 10 construction management support staff in the areas of quality assurance via daily on-site reviews/documentation, management and maintenance of government construction project records, change order resolution, mechanical/electrical system installation review and commissioning, management and coordination of all tenant relocations and completion/closeout documentation.

This project was the winner of the 2004 GSA National Construction Excellence Honor Award, GSA's highest project honor.

In response to increased growth in the region, King County constructed a new $1.6-billion regional wastewater treatment plant, called Brightwater. The facility serves portions of King and Snohomish counties and supports the County's mission to protect public health and the environment. The new facilities will include a treatment plant, conveyance (pipes and pumps taking wastewater to and from the plant), and a marine outfall and will feature the largest membrane bioreactor system in the United States.

Art Anderson Associates provided civil and structural engineering services to develop a marine outfall for King County's new Brightwater wastewater treatment system. Our scope included the preparation of plans, specifications, a basis of design report and calculations for plastic pipe weights and a reinforced concrete pipe anchor in support of our design/build partner Triton Marine Construction. We also designed the temporary construction trestle. The purpose of the anchor is to resist axial loads on the twin 63-inch HDPE pipe system caused by seismic or landslide events. Both of the mile-long pipes and the anchor system are now resting 600 feet below the surface of Puget Sound.

The Brightwater Outfall project was featured in the September 28, 2008 issue of Engineering News Record. Engineering News Record recognized the Brightwater Outfall project with the "Best of the Best" award in the heavy/civil construction category. Engineering News Record also awarded the project its "Best of 2009" Award in the heavy/civil category.

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Art Anderson Associates proudly serves Federal clients through our GSA Schedule contract for Professional Engineering Services (SIN 871).  For more information about the services we can provide, please look us up on GSA Advantage! or review our current Schedule catalog.

Contract Number: GS-10F-0159U
Contract Period: 3/12/2013-3/11/2018