On behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation, Art Anderson Associates (AAA) completed a project to survey the condition of a bridge tender workboat used to conduct inspections and maintenance of the Interstate 90 floating bridge in Seattle, Washington. The scope of the project included conducting a complete survey of the existing vessel's condition and preparing a Preliminary Study Report to document with text and photographs the "as found" conditions. A follow-on Refurbishment/New Workboat Assessment Report was prepared to serve as the basis for the State's decision to proceed with refurbishment or replacement of the vessel.
The survey included hull, cabin, compartments, engines, outdrives, controls, crane, electrical systems, plumbing, hydraulics, and all mechanical systems. The Preliminary Study Report provided a listing of all items surveyed, conditions found, and initial recommendations broken down into a standard Ship Work Breakdown System (SWBS) format.
For the subsequent Refurbishment/New Workboat Assessment Report, AAA personnel developed the options of refurbishing the vessel or purchasing a new workboat. This effort involved defining the refurbishment work items that were used to develop the cost estimates, identifying equipment upgrades with similar size and rated capacity to current equipment, and defining improvements that meet all current applicable codes and standards, such as Tier 3 diesel engines. Work items spanned numerous ship systems, including mechanical, propulsion, controls, pilothouse systems, hull and coatings, crane, tank refurbishment, and fire suppression. The new construction option analysis incorporated all vessel mission requirements, and also analyzed alternative delivery methods (new design/build, COTS design/build, or build per existing design). Both of these analyses involved development of cost estimates for the work packages, schedules for bid/design/construction, and for the new option, an estimate of the value of the existing workboat.
The next project deliverable was a feasibility study and cost/benefit analysis comparing the two options. This included definition of new construction design requirements, and identification of required/desired improvements. After State acceptance of the reports, the new construction option was selected, and a follow-on task was issued in which AAA is preparing the design package for construction, an effort that is currently underway.
Art Anderson Associates is the lead naval architect/marine engineer developing the design of a Portable Floating Fish Collector (PFFC) for operations in the Cougar Reservoir in Oregon. The purpose of this device is to gather additional information on juvenile fish movement in Willamette Valley Project reservoirs, representing a cost-effective means of safely obtaining juvenile fish for research and monitoring. The PFFC is designed to be modular, able to be disassembled for roadway transport to other reservoirs, and generates an attraction flow that can be varied from 20-140 cfs. The anchoring system accommodates up to a 200-foot variation in reservoir water level, including rapid fluctuations. Using a series of winches, the anchoring is designed to allow the PFFC orientation to be changed. The anchors are easily-retrieved for redeployment. Power is provided by a subsurface cable to shore, which also carries operational and instrumentation reading data.
The role of Art Anderson Associates on the project includes preparation of a bid-ready construction package for project elements that include complete structural design of the PFFC vessel (except the fish collection module), mooring system, and subsea cable. Our services also included developing a marine operations plan for deployment, recovery, and disassembly of the PFFC, and deployment and retrieval plans for the anchoring and mooring system.
Art Anderson Associates has held naval architecture and marine engineering contracts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for more than twenty-five years, and have been responsible for successfully completing hundreds of tasks in support of the NOAA Pacific and Atlantic fleets. Through the course of these contracts, we've gained unparalleled understanding of the unique needs and characteristics of research vessels. Our work on NOAA tasks has included a number of general science mission requirements, including:
In addition to providing our services for these science mission systems, we have a wealth of experience in designing conventional shipboard systems within the context of a research vessel envelope. This experience includes new and renovation designs for:
While NOAA has shifted away from use of IDIQ contracts for these services, Art Anderson Associates continues to support the agency through task orders under our active GSA Schedule contract.
Art Anderson Associates was retained by the City and County of Honolulu to develop a demonstration intra-island ferry operation service on Oahu. The scope of work included carrying out the feasibility study, market analysis, environmental impact, assessment of public awareness, development of an operational profile, definition of suitable vessels, negotiation with potential operators, and monitoring of the project's performance for 12 months after the beginning of the operation. Art Anderson Associates was also involved with the funding process by reviewing and offering input to the City during the application process for federal funding.
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.
Art Anderson Associates currently holds a construction management Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) contract with the US National Park Service (NPS), Pacific West Region. Under this contract, Art Anderson Associates provides Construction Management Representatives to manage NPS projects, serving as the technical liaison between the construction contractor, the Contracting Officer's Representative and the Contracting officer. Our Construction Management Representatives are responsible for ensuring satisfactory performance and delivery of the final product under the construction contract.
The scope of services on this contract depends on the specific needs of a project assignment, but include:
As an indefinite quantity contract, projects are assigned on an as-needed basis. Tasks assigned on this contract include:
This project involves installation, repair and replacement of 12 miles of smooth, barbed wire and split rail cedar fencing in Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument near Twin Falls, Idaho. Art Anderson Associates provided the services of a CM Inspector to review, monitor and inspect the work of the construction contractor for progress, workmanship and general conformance with the construction contract documents and permit conditions. Specifically, our Inspector was responsible for reviewing RFI submittals, developing and maintaining a submittal log, participating in the pre-construction meeting, inspecting the work during construction, reviewing and reconciling the contractor's QC reports for contract compliance, monitoring contractor's schedule, assisting in dispute resolution, confirming completion of the final inspection punchlist and ensuring that the contractor reports on its use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.
For this multi-project task, we provided Construction Project Management Services for two projects at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. The first was replacement of the Garfield water tank liner and construction of new valves and water lines. The second was for construction of a new sewage grinder facility and modifications to the Munson Sewer Lagoon, including removal of sludge, deepening of the pond, modifications to inlet/outlet structures and installation of a liner.
Our primary role was providing on-site inspection and office services in support of the projects. Our on-site inspector participated in weekly meetings, prepared meeting minutes, performed and documented site inspections, and provided technical assistance and support to the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative. This support included drafting RFPs, preparing cost estimates, assisting in RFI processing, reviewing QC reports, verifying record drawing updates, assisting in dispute resolution, providing claims support and verifying all required O&M manuals, warranties, guarantees, and close out requirements are complete and in compliance with the contract documents.
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 served as a subconsultant to Nelson-Nygaard Consulting Associates for this project to develop a comprehensive passenger-only ferry strategy for the central Puget Sound region in Washington State. The project sponsor, the Puget Sound Regional Council, is the designated metropolitan planning organization for the region, and is incorporating the study's results into its future planning efforts.
Our role on the project was to serve as the passenger ferry system expert, providing input regarding vessels, terminals, operations and governance. 14 existing and potential ferry routes were identified as needing in-depth analysis. Based on modeling assumptions provided by the client, AAA developed comprehensive operational profiles for each of the candidate routes. These profiles included a detailed cost analysis for capital and operating expenses, draft schedules designed to meet passenger demand and analysis of potential terminal locations. Other work included conducting a worldwide peer assessment designed to share industry best practices, analyzing environmental impacts and intermodal connectivity, and supporting the consultant team and client's questions with expert ferry system knowledge.
For more information, including access to project documents, visit the project's page on the PSRC website.