Possibilities Phase

Fairbanks Morse worked extensively with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers well before being awarded the actual contract (June, 2009) to develop the pumps.  This was necessary because, essentially, we were dealing with equipment that does not yet exist – anywhere!

Our initial process work involved working on initial designs in order to develop the possibilities for the massive West Closure Complex flood control pumping station.

We worked with the corps intimately in the proposal stage and helped draft the specification, bouncing preliminary designs off them during this pre-engineering phase.

Initial Design


The corps had a certain amount of pumpage that they wanted to achieve.  And they had an idea about how big the pumping station needed to be.  Fairbanks Morse worked to develop what equipment would be necessary to fit in the pumping station.

For the West Closure Complex, we ended up with a 450,000 pound pump; however getting to that point involved extensive upfront work to design the possibilities. 

We needed to make sure that the initial specification they were putting together was something that makes sense and has good engineering practice to it.   Fairbanks Morse assisted at both the proposal stage and in drafting the specification.  Once we won the contract, our design team kicked into full gear.

Concerns During Design


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted extensive physical model studies of exactly how water flow profiles perform in the Harvey and Algiers Canals.  The West Closure Complex is also a navigation canal with barges and ships going past the gates. Concerns about how the flow careens off the station and the creation of side thrust to ships as they go through the canal were thus carefully studied as well.