Coastal Engineering Services

The planning, engineering, and design of structures along the shoreline of rivers, estuaries, harbors, and oceans. It is a unique and challenging discipline as designs must consider the effects of the harsh environment on the structures, for example from wind and wave forces or corrosion. Designs must also consider the impact of the structures on the natural environment. New or revised coastal structures have to consider a variety of possible impacts, from changes in sedimentation rates, to wave reflection or absorption, and even possible disturbances to Essential Fish Habitats. Our experience can prevent an owner from advancing an unpermittable project. We will help you stay on the right path from concept through construction.

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Specific types of Coastal Engineering where American Marine Engineering can assist you:

Coastal Structures

Piers, wharves, pile-supported structures, cantilever and tied-back bulkheads, harbor walks, breakwaters, rip-rap and other revetments, boat launch ramps.

Coastal Modeling 

Wind and wave analysis, tidal surge modeling, flood modeling, coastal erosion hazard analysis, sedimentation and erosion, FEMA Coastal Construction requirements.

Design Life Analysis 

Planning the design of structures with sacrificial thickness, cathodic protection, and protective coatings to reduce maintenance requirements and minimize the lifecycle costs of building and maintaining the structure through its design life.


Why Choose AME?

American Marine Engineering is a FULL Service Firm.

  • Veteran Run / American Owned
  • AME is a Company YOU can Count on
  • Our Customer Satisfaction is ON Time. EVERY Time.

American Marine Engineering will handle and process all of the permits required for your project. For many who are not in the marine construction industry, permitting is usually confusing. We understand the federal, state and local requirements and can get it done right the first time. By utilizing a proactive work approach we are able to obtain agency permits in a timely and efficient manner. We will handle any extensions necessary and will act as a liaison to the different agencies to make the building process a seamless one for you.


AME applies innovative investigation technologies and experience to assist clients in the technical and financial planning of a wide variety of projects. Planning services include: Your waterfront property is more than just a lawn, a bulkhead, and the water; it is the connection from the land to the water. It provides a means for industry to transfer goods from land to water; it is how you and your friends go from sitting by the pool to cruising the intercostal.

An effective coastal site plan considers the commercial, industrial, and recreational connection between the land and water. It considers how to combine many varied uses at the one location where land and water meet. It considers the impact to the environment. It considers public access and safety.

AME Engineering has the experience to help you plan your waterfront property. From design of the structures and marinas, public access, and vessel mooring, to site utilities. We have worked with many award-winning landscape architects to bring aesthetic value, art, and beauty to your site through proper native plantings, hardscapes, interpretive signage, wetlands protection and mitigation, and even original artworks.

  • Site reconnaissance and data acquisition

  • Coordination and management of field surveys and geotechnical investigations

  • Site screening studies

  • Feasibility studies and preliminary design

  • Construction planning, scheduling, and cost estimates

  • Coordination of permitting activities


The experience that AME principals have accumulated on a diverse range of projects enables the firm to provide unique technical support and engineering advice to clients.  Consulting services include:

  • Review of projects at concept level and input into feasibility studies

  • Technical input into the planning of marine and offshore field investigations

  • Peer review of designs for marine based projects including ocean intakes and outfalls

  • Review of technical data and performance specifications for specialized materials of construction including engineering plastics and composites

  • Value engineering

Engineering Design

AME provides quality design services with an emphasis on providing solutions for marine, waterfront and underwater projects.  Design and analysis expertise includes:

  • Finite element analysis

  • Vessel mooring analysis and design of mooring facilities

  • Component design using high-performance plastics

  • Structural design using steel, concrete, and timber

  • Foundation design – including piling

Design Build Process

In many instances, it is more efficient and cost-effective to develop a facility on a design-build basis.  AME, as the designer, recognizes the needs of both client and contractor and has participated in numerous successful projects for the U.S. Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers and private and commercial residences, shipyards and boatyards.  Our input into the design-build process includes:

  • Review and interpretation of performance specifications

  • Development and refinement of design criteria and parameters

  • Preliminary design for bid

  • Coordination of field investigations and surveys

  • Preparation of submittals

  • Design of temporary and permanent works

  • Field inspections and supervision

  • Close-out reports and as-built drawings

Installation Engineering

The successful deployment and installation of complex facilities and structures in a marine or offshore environment requires careful planning and engineering skills.  AME expertise includes:

  • Interpretation and evaluation of site environmental and geotechnical conditions

  • Determination of resources for installation and construction of facilities

  • Preparation of detailed procedures for transportation and installation of sub-sea structures and pipelines

  • Design of aids to installation including pad eyes and rigging

  • Design of floatation devices and equipment for controlled sinking of pipelines and structures


AME quality assurance programs extend beyond the office and include condition surveys of existing facilities as well as inspection and supervision of new construction.  Services and capabilities include:

  • Detailed inspection of underwater structures including piers, bulkheads, and pipelines

  • Coordination of diver inspections including NDT

  • Evaluation of sites for new construction including coordination of surveys and geotechnical investigations

  • Inspection of steel fabrication

  • Coordination of materials testing

  • General inspection and supervision of construction activities