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 is engaged in a project to survey lifesaving equipment throughout the fleet of Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferries and recommend an upgrade strategy. The project goal is improving the safety of passengers and crew members through evaluations of the effectiveness of the current lifesaving equipment, exploring alternative strategies and scenarios, and preparing the work packages (plans, specifications, and cost estimates) for modification of the vessels.
Systems surveyed include structural, electrical, and hydraulic systems; lifeboats, davits, and cradles; service/work boats, davits, and cradles; means of rescue equipment; and life rafts. Mr. Marty McKay, Art Anderson Associates' Project Manager, conducted nine shipchecks to evaluate the condition of the existing equipment, which was documented in the project's Design Study Report. These shipchecks included a detailed walkthrough of the vessel to document equipment conditions with notes and photographs, and interviewing ship's personnel to understand the challenges they face in the operation of the equipment.
One of the challenges encountered included the difficulty of training crew, particularly relief crews, on the nuances of equipment that is different from ship to ship. Other challenges include maintaining an adequate spare parts inventory, maintaining the condition of the equipment, and obtaining necessary service and parts for continued operation. It was quickly identified that standardizing the equipment fleet-wide, as much as possible, will assist in meeting these challenges. The prioritization of US sources for equipment was also a means to alleviate these concerns, due to more cost-effective service, availability of spare parts, and improved responsiveness compared with foreign sources.
Upon completion of the surveys, an extensive review of applicable regulatory requirements for lifesaving equipment was conducted, and included SOLAS and CFR regulations. Three primary strategies were developed and analyzed for cost-effectiveness, including refurbishing existing equipment, replacing existing with a fleet-wide standard in kind, and aligning equipment with regulations and standardizing fleet-wide as much as practicable.
All documentation of the condition of equipment, identification of alternatives, and the associated cost estimates were submitted in the final Design Study Report. Current efforts involve developing the work packages for the modifications and obtaining necessary ABS approval.
Under the US Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the Tacoma Fire Department received $750,000 to refit the city's fireboat COMMENCEMENT. Art Anderson Associates teamed with BMT Nigel Gee of the United Kingdom to provide engineering design and consultation for the renovation and refit of the vessel.
The first phase of the project involved a comprehensive trade-off study that examined and balanced the needs and specifications of the Tacoma Fire Department and the budgetary constraints of the DHS grant. Art Anderson Associates examined the operational and financial practicality of proposed upgrades and modifications and will provide recommendations to the department.
Art Anderson Associates provided structural; propulsion; pumping, hydraulic and electrical system; and command and control modification engineering and design. Included with this design package was a detailed cost estimate and construction schedule. Art Anderson Associates also served as the Fire Department's representative in the bid and construction phase, negotiating between the owner and contractor, resolving engineering problems and maintaining weight control data.
COMMENCEMENT is one of two fireboats operating in the Tacoma Fire Department. The vessel was built in 1982 by Vosper Hovermarine as a multipurpose fiberglass surface effect ship (SES). The vessel has two 445bhp marine diesel engines powering two 19-inch propellers and a 285bhp marine diesel engine that provides power to six 24-inch aluminum alloy fans, which, when engaged, maintain an air cushion beneath the vessel. This cushion allows the COMMENCEMENT to achieve speeds of up to 30 knots and maintain a stable ride in choppy seas. Since 1983, the vessel has provided fire suppression, search and rescue, evacuation, hazardous materials response and emergency medical service for the city. The COMMENCEMENT's service area includes the Port of Tacoma, the sixth-largest container port in the United States.
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:
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.
Under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the US Navy, Art Anderson Associates is designing the next generation of multi-mission-capable aluminum amphibious craft employing an innovative hybrid-electric propulsion system. The vessel, designed to replace the existing LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5-Ton) auxiliary amphibious craft, achieves the design goals outlined in the original SBIR topic, including a road-legal status, water speed of 20-plus knots, road speed of 45-plus miles per hour, one-short-ton cargo capacity, and off-road capability to exit an unimproved beach.
In Phase I, AAA completed a preliminary analysis and concept design. The current Phase II effort has included detailed planning, hull form development through tank model construction and testing, preliminary full scale design and analysis, aluminum hull structure design and optimization, and specifications development. Achieving this effort has involved naval architectural and structural, mechanical, and electrical design; cost estimating; technical analysis and study; and coordination of efforts with subcontractors responsible for construction of the prototype.
Kitsap Transit is a public transit agency operating a fleet of passenger ferries serving routes between Bremerton, Port Orchard and Annapolis. Following the successful modification of the fleet's ferry ADMIRAL PETE, the agency began investigating options for design and construction of a sister ship. One of the goals for the sister ship design is to integrate "green" technology to reduce operational costs and environmental impact. As the naval architect for the ADMIRAL PETE project, and a firm with a long history of service to the agency, Kitsap Transit contracted with Art Anderson Associates to perform a feasibility study to begin development of the sister ship design.
The scope of work for Art Anderson Associates included development of design requirements and an operating profile for the planned vessel, including weather, speed, passenger capacity and other related factors. Candidate propulsion plants were identified and compared in the areas of cost, weight and fuel consumption. Technologies for reduction of cabin HVAC loads were investigated, including efficient insulation and waste heat recovery systems. The study also investigated application of alternative power technologies, assessing the pros and cons of various systems for use on the new sister ship. The report was compiled and presented to the Passenger Only Subcommittee of the agency's Board of Directors, and forms the basis for future work to develop the sister ship design.
Art Anderson Associates provided Housing Kitsap (formerly the Kitsap Consolidated Housing Authority) construction management services for this $25 million, multi-agency government facility. Services included owner's site representation, assistance negotiating change order pricing, coordination with City Public Works division and local utility companies, frequent KCCHA management updates on potential construction cost impacts to the project budget and schedule monitoring/management. We served as the primary interface with all government tenants, including Congressman Norm Dicks, the City of Bremerton, Kitsap County Health District, Kitsap County Offices, and the Bremerton Housing Authority for design and construction of tenant improvements in a cost-effective and timely manner. The project was completed in 2004.
Art Anderson Associates provided construction management services under a term contract with the US General Services Administration, Region 10 for the $20 million seismic upgrade/rehabilitation of the historic 57,000-sq. ft. Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. Art Anderson Associates' Project Representative facilitated resolutions and served as the point-of-contact for all owner design and construction issues. We also performed site reviews and managed the owner's construction budget and all special inspector contracts required.
The project entailed replacement of the building foundation with a state-of-the-art base isolation system to preserve the historic 1897 structure during a seismic event. The friction pendulum isolators, used for the first time in the Portland area, isolate the building from the earth, allowing it to move freely in an earthquake.
Rehabilitation work included preservation and reconditioning of historic features, including light fixtures, intricate plaster work, woodwork, wood flooring and office fireplaces. All mechanical, electrical, data/communication and security systems were replaced. Exterior improvements included sidewalk, entry steps and stone wall restoration. The basement level was lowered and a secure parking area for federal judges provided. Mechanical/Electrical system startup/commissioning was included in our task order.
The project has received a number of awards for construction and design excellence. Some of these awards include: