A 1:50 scale physical model of Kodiak Pier 3 is currently being tested in a 3-D wave basin at Texas A&M University. Wind, waves and currents generated in the wave basin are testing a container ship moored at the planned replacement pier. Ship motions are measured using an optical tracking system, similar to the motion-capture systems used in Hollywood films. Loads in the mooring lines and fender reaction forces are also measured. Both a pile supported pier and a solid fill pier, constructed using OPEN CELL® bulkhead technology, will be tested.
Nels Sultan, Ph.D, P.E., and Kenton Braun, P.E. are leading this complex, multi-disciplinary investigation into ship motions at the replacement pier. The study includes numerical (computer) modeling by Ajay Sampath, and field measurements of waves, currents and water levels led by Alexander (Sasha) Khokhlov. Horizon Lines currently uses the pier and has provided valuable assistance.
Pier 3 is a vital transportation connection for the City of Kodiak. The PND-lead team is helping ensure the replacement pier will meet everyone’s needs. For more information, contact our Seattle Office.