Pelician Point Beach Restoration

Summary:  Erickson Consulting Engineers, Inc. (ECE) provided continuing coastal engineering services to restore the severely eroded shoreline surrounding Pelican Point, Providenciales, TCI.  The final beach restoration plans and design for a 0.5-mile beach nourishment project were completed in 2006, and construction resulted in the placement of 68,000 CY of beachfill and one T-Head Groin which was completed in 2008.  

 Key Project Elements:

  • Project Planning, Coastal Analysis and Project Design
  • Hydrographic and Beach Profile Surveys
  • Geotechnical Investigations and Biotic Mapping
  • Acquire all Government Permits
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Monitoring and Mitigation Plans
  • Turbidity Monitoring
  • Development of Construction Plans and Specifications
  • Construction Administration Services
  • Post-Construction Performance Monitoring
  • Development of Construction Plans and Specifications
  • Construction Administration Services
  • Post-Construction Performance Monitoring

The project placed approximately 70,000 cubic yards of restorative beachfill along the severely eroded shoreline fronting Pelican Point’s historically rocky headland.  A tapered groin was constructed to provide reinforcement and stabilization of the beachfill, and increase the project life by reducing long shore losses from the beach.

Challenges: At Pelican Point a rocky headland exists causing a divergence in the direction of sand movement or a “nodal point”.  Strong longshore currents are created at the “Point” which tends to scour the shorelines immediately adjacent to Pelican Point.  As a result, these adjacent beaches experience great erosion losses.  A solution (a semi-permeable T-head groin with sand placement) was designed to hold a sandy beach where no sandy beach ever historically existed.

   

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